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Worst OS Ever?

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  1. 1. Worst Microsoft OS Ever?

    • DOS and/or Windows 3.11
      1
    • Windows 95
      2
    • Windows 98/98SE
      5
    • Windows ME
      61
    • Windows 2000
      1
    • Windows XP Home Edition
      3
    • Windows XP Professional Edition
      1
    • Windows XP x64 Edition
      5
    • Windows Vista Home Basic Edition
      5
    • Windows Vista Home Premuim Edition
      1
    • Windows Vista Business/Enterprise Edition
      1
    • Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
      3
    • Windows Server 2003
      0
    • Windows Server 2008
      1
    • Windows Seven
      1
  2. 2. Worst Non-Microsoft OS Ever?

    • Redhat Linux
      2
    • Slackware Linux
      0
    • Gentoo Linux
      2
    • Debian Linux
      2
    • Ubuntu Linux
      4
    • Yellow Dog Linux
      0
    • CentOS
      3
    • SUSE Linux
      2
    • Linspire/Lindows
      5
    • MAC OS 9
      9
    • MAC OS X
      7
    • SunOS/Solaris
      1
    • Unix
      1
    • I don't use Non-Microsoft OSes
      36
    • There is no such thing as a Non-Microsoft OS. Its all a lie. A computer has to have Windows to run.
      17
  3. 3. I run the Following OS(es) instead of the one above

    • DOS and/or Windows 3.11
      6
    • Windows 95
      4
    • Windows 98/98SE
      9
    • Windows ME
      5
    • Windows 2000
      14
    • Windows XP Home Edition
      15
    • Windows XP Professional Edition
      59
    • Windows XP x64 Edition
      8
    • Windows Vista Home Basic Edition
      1
    • Windows Vista Home Premuim Edition
      7
    • Windows Vista Business/Enterprise Edition
      10
    • Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
      35
    • Windows Server 2003
      11
    • Windows Server 2008
      8
    • Windows Seven
      2

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I recently closed this poll because the discussion became less and less relevant with every post. Despite what you might think, I hate closing threads and told myself at the time if I closed it and I didn't get 100 PMs about closing the previous poll, I would make an updated one within a few days if no one else did. there are a few changes though the previous poll had separate votes for XP Home/Pro so i wanted to split Vista into separate choices because I personally think that XP Home and especially Vista Home Basic should have never existed but I love XP Pro/Vista Business and higher. Unfortunately, this meant combining Business and ENT Editions into the same category. Please do not ask for me to add any other OSes to the poll they simply will not fit. as this is the largest poll the MSFN board will allow.

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Hey Geek What part of the State are you from I'm from the same State (East Central Oklahoma)

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Lol I had to check nearly ALL of the bottom section....

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I am from Tulsa, OK but somehow ended up in Warner, OK

Lol I had to check nearly ALL of the bottom section....

I'm cool until someone checks 'Windows Vista Home Basic Edition' in that section. No one should have to endure that mess (especially on the type of machine it usually ships on)

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Windows ME is the worst operating system Microsoft ever made. Its buggy, unstable... everything was bad about it. Why did they even bother releasing it while Windows 2000 was released in the same year.

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Windows ME is the worst operating system Microsoft ever made. Its buggy, unstable... everything was bad about it. Why did they even bother releasing it while Windows 2000 was released in the same year.

I agree ME is baddd, they bothered to release it however as a "bridge" between the consumer and business if i'm not mistaken.

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Another vote for WinME. 'nuff said!

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lol i work at a used computer store and dealing with WinME weither it be setting up a dial-up connection, explaining why Time Warner highspeed wont work with their computer, software compatibility... list goes on...

one nice little saying i read is

. . . you might feel that the term Millennium refers to the length of time it will take to fix the glitches.
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Isn't this topic getting a bit old?

Everyone knows the worst OS in Windows ME.

And for many the second worst is Windows Vista.

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The top section should be a multiple choice. It depends too much on how you look at the question.

From a stability perspective, ME is definitely the worst. This is one OS that can crash or blue screen for no good reason at any time.

ME=Multiple Errors.

If one looks at exploitability, XP is the worst. It's bad enough that they had to make a regularly scheduled patch day for it. Hundreds of megabytes worth of patches later and there's no letup in the number of "critical vulnerabilities" being found. There's no end to the number of ways it can be compromised.

XP=eXtremely Patched.

For sheer bloat, resource wasting, unwanted, useless features, and taking control away from the user, it's Vista by far.

With MS operating systems, they've all got their unique problems. It's just a matter of which problems you can accept and work with. Given a choice between just the MS operating systems, I'll use 98lite, with several of the unofficial upgrades of course.

Rick

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ME (Mistake Edition). End of.

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Actually... XP is the best ever, you need to know how to use it. Also nLite makes this OS far better than it already is. And the worst os for me is vista... why not me? well cus alot of users actually use this system, and its a new os from ms, thats why its 10x worse than me, if you buy a laptop, you may get vista and cant goto xp cus of drivers issues... also vista just seems XP with more crap in it... some features actually sound usefull and well designed but most is just bloated crap i dont need, and doesnt even work.. If you think XP is exploited alot, so is vista, or any other OS even tho the new "Security" features vista has.

Linux is good and all, it runs smooth, i like the way how you can download/install packages. But its not really supported, driver issues, not many games run on it... not sure if there is a msn/wlm client that u can use cam with in linux... that sort of stuff, Still i found some bugs in Ubuntu.

highly nLitened XP is far best os for my personal preferences, and i never ran in trouble with viruses or anything.

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Well, you are free to your opinion - but it's just that. And statements like "bloated crap I don't need" and "doesn't work" seems to indicate that 1) you haven't run Vista (SP1) and are relying on heresay, 2) you ran it on an old machine and it didn't work properly, or 3) you like XP and Linux and anything designed after 2004 is "new and bloated". The Vista drivers for new machines issue is valid, but that has more to do with hardware vendors writing drivers for what they're shipping with the hardware, and not wanting to spend the money to rewrite the driver for XP.

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Well, you are free to your opinion - but it's just that. And statements like "bloated crap I don't need" and "doesn't work" seems to indicate that 1) you haven't run Vista (SP1) and are relying on heresay, 2) you ran it on an old machine and it didn't work properly, or 3) you like XP and Linux and anything designed after 2004 is "new and bloated".

I couldn't have said any better!

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No mention of OS/2, BeOS, CP/M and several others?

The "ever" in the title may be superfluous.

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im heading back to Windows 95... c u guys later

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Well Windows ME is the worse ever :P I use Windows XP, Vista and Windows Server editions.

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OS 2 (any version) was the worst.

Second would be Vista. It does the same things I do with XP only slower and at a higher cost. Who wouldn't want that? :wacko:

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Since I've put Norton Systemworks 2001 on Me, it is very stable!

So Me without those fix it up utilities, must be an altogether different animal.

Also, I still think that Me is the most asthetically beautiful---!

The worst OS from Windows would have to be Vista---when installed on machines that were known by those who installed it---to be machines inadequate for the task of running it properly!

I think that when put on a PC fully capable of running it---it can be good enough to be productive.

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well well, resurrected. Vista is a bad moment for MS as well as ME. Both of them are the worst ever. I tried to fix vista, optimize em and more but ended always a crap. Well, what else you could expect from an OS with aproximately 1000 hotfixes, maybe more, in a 2 year period?

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rom an OS with aproximately 1000 hotfixes, maybe more, in a 2 year period?

[citation needed]

but seriously less patches != better OS.

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I seriously put in doubt that every bad opinion expressed about Win ME bases on personal experience.

Look here, 2/3 of all votes tell ME is the worst one, but as ME has never been very common, I even doubt 2/3 of all people have ever used it.

My personal experience covers Dos, 95a, 95b, 98fe, 98se, ME and W2k (marginally Xp), and ME isn't that bad:

- It has working USB 2.0 drivers, while these plagued 98fe and 98se.

- It has working Internet protocol programs and Internet connection sharing, while 98fe has none.

- It ships with Dll newer than 98-98se, meaning fewer are replaced by applications, leading to fewer blue screens.

- It boots a bit faster than 98-98se do, if you have enough Ram.

- Its Defrag is way better than 95-98-98se, its FDisk has one bug less. And it has the pinball!

- Most of its other "improvements" must first be switched off, granted.

Blue screens were often provoked by authentic hardware faults at the time of Via chipsets. On a Via, my 98se was as stable as a piece of soap. Now, I maintain a ME on a Sis chipset, it's been stable for 3 years.

All together, I got huge amounts of anger with 98-98se and little with ME - though none of these is as stable and swift (but difficult to install) as 95.

And I will replace my W2k as soon as Microsoft gives up Wga and activation, meaning that my next one could well be a Linux.

So I fear the horrible reputation of ME relies little on direct personal experience and much on rumour.

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I have to agree wholeheartedly with your post Pointerovoid, Me has a rep that is not deserved.

I had always heard from people, time after time--how bad Me is, .....and they did not even have Me on their machines!

I finally got a used PC with Me, that had been butchered by the previous owner; I worked on it for a week---and it's great!

After hearing about Me for so many years, it took on some mysterious quality for me.

Using it for the first time put me into a state of absolute bliss---similiar to various states of mind achieved through the practice of certain yoga desceplines.

Something about Me, just does it for me!!!!

Anyone else here, dares to admit that they believe Me is a good OS?

Speak up! Be not brow beaten by the weight of majority opinion!

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Well I think ME is worst OS from my point. Even win98 or Win2000/XP is better. I don't vote for Vista also becouse I think it's huge resource hog.

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