Which is the WORST OS ever created by MS?


Which is the WORST OS ever created by Windows?

  1. Windows 95

    12 vote(s)
  2. Windows 98

    5 vote(s)
  3. Windows ME

    81 vote(s)
  4. Windows 2000

    3 vote(s)
  5. Windows XP

    7 vote(s)
  6. Windows Vista

    3 vote(s)
By SharkFiNbowL · 61 replies
Apr 29, 2003
  1. Elros

    Elros TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Whatever happened to all the talk (just before XP came out) about it communicating covertly with MS if you had a network connection? Telling them everything from what your searches and hardware were, to what colour of boxer shorts you were wearing last Tuesday.
    Surely if that is the case then XP would be the worst. Not from a buggy point of view, but from a design point of view?

  2. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    guess ill never install xp and just jump from 2k to linux as i said
    b/c i don't even want to see any "send report to MS" boxes on my screen ...

    MrG, it was not me with the BBS, it was acidomosis ;)
  3. spun_1

    spun_1 TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Is it fair to say XP sucks when pro is based on 2000 and XP home is based on 98?I really dont know.Im using XP PRO full version on my main PC and 98SE on another,so I dont know what XP home is like.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Windows 95 is about as stable as a drunk on a unicycle and roughly about as reliable.

    Windows Me really wasn't THAT bad. It's notorious for problems and little quirks, but it is much more functional and faster than 95 (especially pre 2.5). The switch to a new WDM caused some problems as well as the "hidden" DOS.. But overall, it was okay.

    But because Windows 95 was released years ago when it was really needed, it was a very good piece of software for its time period. Of course now, it is horrible...

    Windows Me on the other hand, was release at a time it was NOT needed.. At all. Infact, it would have been better off never being released.

    Changes, such as the "removal" of DOS, crippling of DOS system utilities (scandisk had difficulties finishing on bootup, sys C: never worked correctly in emergencies, system file checker was hidden or didn't even exist.. etc).. made Windows Me a pain to repair. It was Microsoft's little pet project to "remove DOS" to show how "new" it was, but the fact remained that Windows Me was the same old tired technology MS had been using for 7 years.

    Don't get me wrong - I think Windows Me is a operating system than 95 - But its impact on Windows and consumer computing is negative at best.

    So ME gets my vote for worst OS by MS (from the choices presented). Otherwise I'd probably pick Windows 3 :)
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    You might want to double check your information before you jump to conclusions. :)

    XP Pro and XP Home are both the same operating system - Pro just has more features. By no means is XP Home (or any version of Windows XP) based on 98.

    • 95/98/Me - 9x kernel
    • NT/2000/XP - NT kernel

    Home is identical to Pro with the exception of limited networking abilities and maybe a couple of other minimal quirks such as no support for dual processors.

    Now, as far as it being fair to say something sucks even though its based on something that doesn't suck as bad - Windows Me is based on the same thing as Windows 98. :)

    Therefore, I can conclude it is fair. ;)
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    True... It shouldn't have to be this way, but you can disable the services that control sending information to MS. XP is phone-home free once you tweak it a bit. :)

    It would certainly be much better if it did not phone home out-of-the-box though.

    The most obvious acts of home phoning include the "Send this error report to MS" crap, automatic updates and the activation itself.

    Aside from that though, it keeps to itself exept for a few minor things (atomic clock time adjustment, WMP codec downloads and other funky digital rights crap...)
  7. SharkFiNbowL

    SharkFiNbowL TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    I kind of want a summary of why ME is the worst OS. Sorry about that, kind of lazy to read everything and get a little bit of this and that, thx for your kind consideration and attention!
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I think Phantasm pretty much covered it.

  9. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    From what I can tell, winME is actually Win98TE- Third Edition. You should pretty much expect your experiences to reflect a lot of that, although there were some driver issues.

    One thing that I've noted from most people- If you're using a laptop, ME seems to be a great system to run. If you get it up and running, it runs fine. If you have a bad experience with ME though, it seems to be a REALLY bad experience.

    If you had to ask me for worst OS ever, I'd say Win95. Win98SE finally ended up being what 95 was promised to be, and barely at that. Win2k is close behind that I think... As I said, individual experiences vary, I know someone who'll preach Win3.11 still...
  10. Personally, I've tried every single version of Windows and own every single one except 95. I have self installed them from reformats and what not. The one that gives me the most troubles, errors, and the worst user friendly interface is ME. It seems as if it was a project Microsoft rushed to get out, which sucked.

    Actually, I've got to admit and everyone has to show props to Windows 98SE. 98SE was the best operating system on the planet. From old to new, SE is compatible with everything. On the other hand, the 'professional' XP is only compatible with fast running computers, you wanna get that on a P4 or faster or you're just shooting yourself in the foot.

    Take it from me, I've thoroughly used these operating systems and still have them. I have 3 seperate removable hard drives for OSes and I find myself using SE the most rather than 2k and XP. Not because all my personal files are there (I have a seperate non-removable drive for that), but because it's most compatible and less troublesome.

    I find XP most usefull and reliable as well as stable. As soon as I can afford more memory, because XP is a bit, just a bit, laggy on my system, I will incorporate full use into it.

    (If you're wondering if I've had a hard drive with ME on it, yeah I did. I reformatted it and used it for my XP drive now, cuz ME sucks.)
  11. jstillion

    jstillion TS Rookie Posts: 91

    I don't know. Windows 95A can compete with Windows ME for the worst...
  12. Tushman

    Tushman TS Rookie

    Win ME... Win 95... hmmm. It's hard to say as it's like comparing rotten apples to rotten oranges (both sucked money balls in their own stinkin' ways). But if i had to choose, i'd say Win ME cuz it's majority opinion here and I'm mindless like that. Bottoms up, it's happy hour time!

    EDIT: I"m still trying 2 understand how Win2K and Win XP even got on the list to begin with. What was the rationale for that???? :confused: :confused: :confused:
  13. Monkeynutters

    Monkeynutters TS Rookie

    I say Windows 95 is the worst. A lot of hardware isn't even supported for it. USB? Forget it. AGP video cards? F*** that. Can't even get a decent damn browser for it these days, much less a somewhat realistic media player. Haven for those who just want an Internet browser to check your lottery numbers.

    I personally used Windows 98 SE for the longest time, and I believe that it is worthy of the silver medal. Only thing I don't like about it is hard copies of music lagging under mild system loads. Other than that, 98 SE just about beats the hell out of most 9x kernels.

    I see a lot of people expressing their hate for Windows Millennium Edition. I say: it mainly depends on your personal experience with the program/OS/hardware/whatever-you-may-be-referring-to. I have used Windows ME with absolutely no problem whatsoever ever since it was released. As a matter of fact, I can compare it's functionality and reliability to Windows 2000. (But then again, my little baby [Dell Dimension 4500] can handle any OS it wants to. :D ) I have somewhat of a fetish for ME, despite what other people may think about it. So, gold medal for Windows ME! :grinthumb

    And just to say, I agree with Tushman. How the hell did the NT OS's make it onto this list?!?!? O_O
  14. techn8

    techn8 TS Rookie

    It would have to be....

    Migraine Edition ..... Of Course....

    rEsi_n8 :approve:

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  15. Monkeynutters

    Monkeynutters TS Rookie

    Haha, man... I've heard Windows Me called so many different things

    Windows Migraine Edition (new one XDDDD good one)
    Windows Mistake Edition
    Windows Miserable Edition
    Windows Multiple Errors
    Windows Malfunction Edition
  16. HeddaLora

    HeddaLora TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Ha, it looks like WinME is getting a big vote ... !!
  17. yogi_bear

    yogi_bear TS Rookie

    Windows XP

    Windows XP!! This really IS a poor excuse for an operating system! Use Dos 5 instead!!

    I do not understand how people can say Windows ME is the worst? I have had absolutely NO problems with windows Me and have been using it since its launch! It has very rarely crashed on me, compatible with everything I use (unlike XP which won't run half the programmes I have because they are windows programmes??!!) Windows ME is far better at networking than any other operating system I have used! I think the problem people were having with Windows ME is that they try to use it on 1 gb memory! It won't work on 1gb of memory! 384mb is the maximum! Thic is cool because it means you do'nt have to spend all your wages feeding the damn thing like you do on XP!! Yes, before you ask I do use XP, but ONLY for compatibility issues! Because my job is building new computers for people and they all want XP (God knows why,) I have to make sure all the programmes they have from their old pc's will work on their new systems. I then go straight back to the REAL operating system!! Sorry this is really long, just to say DITCH XP!! It a total waste of time and effort!!
  18. toffeapple

    toffeapple TS Rookie Posts: 152

    QUOTE]choose Windows 95 instead since it's the oldest... therefore the worst.[/QUOTE]

    Its all relative to when The OS came out...
    You wouldnt compare a 60's mkII jag with a 05' corrolla(as in 95 with XP).....the corrolla will out perform the mkII in every aspect but when the mkII came out it was a special car....XP is distinctly average in everything it does but capable, much like a corolla (but proabaly not as reliable!!)

    considering the advancements in PC hardware over the last 10 years what have MS really given us..f**k all if you ask me..lets hope VIsta is a huge improvement on XP

    ME was rubbish thats proabaly the general consenses....95 was a real advance when it came out...What did XP give over win 2000? nothing of much worth....w2k was great when it came out and is still a very capable OS
  19. Paul22

    Paul22 TS Rookie

    I agree that ME is bad.. but I refuse to accept it's worse than XP.
    The reasons are obvious.. it's slow and unreliable.
  20. xero

    xero TS Rookie Posts: 94


    Without a doubt; Windows millenium. Spent hours and hours getting this os to work on an athlon 1800+ computer with decent hardware. Nothing but driver errors. Also a lot of network problems..... I switched back my windows 98 HDD and everything was running fine again.
  21. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    ME or Vista.
  22. kWOLBERT

    kWOLBERT TS Rookie

    People need to get with the times , ME is by far the worst os ever.....
    ever.... ever.... I install software programs and networks for different companys. If i walk into a company and see window ME I tell the client they need an upgrad. In windows ME, to load a driver 50% of the time it will freez, and try this command "net use lpt? /d" will cause it to give an unexpected error and you will have to restart the computer. I have seen every error under the sun with windows ME. I dont have a single good story to tell about Windows ME. If people are having problems with window XP its becuase it the software they are tying to install is out of date. XP is very stable unless you try to install older software. 95 / 98 Was good in its day , dos still used in a sort of way. Windows 3.1 its way a path to the GUI World. and Linux is great, but not when you clients need a dummy down system. That all {)i(} ~Later
  23. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    ME was always crashing on the computer that I bought that came with it years ago. I quickly upgraded to XP professional.
  24. j_who

    j_who TS Rookie

    No "brainer"

    LOL- This required no thought- ME is was and hopefully will be the worst thrown together piece of junk OS. Whenever my friends call and have computer problems- My first questions always is- "Are you running ME?" - When it first came out, I used to laugh when they would say it and tell them to go back to the old reliable 98 SE----
  25. Baidinan

    Baidinan TS Rookie

    i really like ME it works perfectly for my gaming purposes. there are a lot of compatibility issues nowadays, that it is outdated...
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