Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

3 of 5
BACKNEXT
Windows Me
Windows Me
Windows Millennium Edition was Microsoft's flagship operating system for consumers for just 13 months ... too long, if you ask people who used it.

The operating system debuted in September 2000. Users reported problems upgrading their computers to Windows Me and when they were able to, Me frequently froze and crashed. There were numerous compatibility issues with hardware and software, and Me didn't always like to wake up from sleep mode.

Even the good features ended up screwing over Me users. For instance, Me debuted a new tool called System Restore that allowed people to bring back files they had accidentally deleted. But System Restore also brought back files that were purposefully deleted, like viruses that users definitely wanted to get rid of.

PC World in 2006 named the 25 worst tech products of all time -- Windows Me was fourth. But keep in mind, that list came out one year before Vista was released.

"This might be the worst version of Windows ever released," the magazine said. "Forget Y2K; this was the real millennium bug."

NEXT: Windows Media Center works ... trust me
Last updated October 21 2009: 2:01 PM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
Best places to retire abroad in 2017 The top 10 places to retire overseas include beautiful beaches, cozy towns, and the best food you will ever eat -- all for half the cost of what you may pay in the U.S. More
Best business class airline lounges around the world Between August 2015 and May 2016, Skytrax surveyed over 19.2 million customers to find the best airline lounges. Here is what they found. More
What Boeing's new 737 Max 9 has under the hood Boeing unveiled its new, longer 737 Max 9 airliner earlier this month, the second member of the updated single-aisle jet family. The first aircraft will deliver to airlines starting in 2018. More

Special Offer