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standalone programs are the programs u usually just have a few files (one usually, imo). the only advantage i can think of is that there is not an installer routine for them and they can be placed in any directory
only thing better on ME than 98 was the speed of the defrag utility. hehe. i've used them all and xp is the most stable and reliable. but i think ms could have optimized the code a bit to decrease the memory usage. (not like 1 gig isn't enough. lol)