What does my computer need in order to upgrade to Windows ME?
What are the system requirements for upgrading to Windows ME (Millennium Edition)?
This question was answered on September 9, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.Here are a few tips from Microsoft concerning the upgrade to Windows ME:
- Make sure that your computer meets the minimum system
requirements You'll need at least a 150 megahertz (MHz)
processor and 32 megabytes (MB) of RAM
(We would recommend 300Mhz and at least 64MB or RAM)
- Make sure you have enough free hard-disk space A typical
installation requires 480 MB to 535 MB of hard-disk space,
but may range between 455 MB to 635 MB, depending on your
system configuration and the options you choose to install.
Disk Space Requirements
Because many factors go into calculating the amount of
free space required for Windows Me, these figures are
only estimates based on typical Windows Me installs.
Typical upgrade from Windows 95: requires approximately
295 MB of free hard-disk space, but may require as much
as much as 435 MB, depending on your system configuration.
Full install on a FAT16 drive: requires
535 MB of free hard-disk space, but may range between
495 MB and 635 MB depending on system configuration and
Full install on a FAT32 drive: requires
480 MB of free hard disk space, but may range between
455 MB and 535 MB, depending on system configuration and
Also, if you are installing Windows Me to a drive other
than C, Setup can require up to 25 MB of free disk space
on drive C for the system and log files created during Setup.
In addition, they recommend that you:
- Get the latest driver software for any scanners, modems, or
peripheral devices attached to your computer To get this
information, consult the hardware documentation or visit the
manufacturer's Web site
- Scan your computer for viruses to make sure it is not infected
Run an anti-virus program with the latest virus signatures and
allow the program to remove any viruses Consult your anti-
virus software documentation about obtaining updated virus
- After you complete the virus scan, disable all software-based
and hardware-based anti-virus applications before running
Windows Setup After setup is complete, re-enable any anti-
virus applications For more information, consult your
hardware documentation or the documentation that came with
your anti-virus software
- Back up all critical data on your hard disk by using a third-
party backup utility or by manually saving important files to
floppy disks or other media
- Close all open programs and disconnect from the Internet before
running Windows Setup.
- If you are upgrading from Windows 95 and want to preserve
your current settings, run Windows Me Setup while running
Windows 95, and install to the same Windows directory on your
- If you plan to set up your computer to dual boot with
Windows NT, install Windows Me first.
- Create the Windows Startup Disk when prompted by Setup This
disk has many capabilities beyond those in any previous version
of Windows In addition to containing several utilities, it has
MS-DOS drivers for most CD-ROMs so that you can access your
CD-ROM from MS-DOS when booting from the start-up disk
- It is strongly recommended that you save your system files when
prompted by Windows Setup, just in case you need to return to
your previous version of Windows This requires up to 150 MB of
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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on September 9, 2000