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|Subject:||Common Questions on Windows Millennium for WinBook Z1|
|Tech Article Number:||WBTA10180016|
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What is different about Windows ME?
Windows ME (Millennium
Edition) has many updates, including the following areas:
What has happened to MS-DOS Mode?
Microsoft Windows no longer offers MS-DOS mode as a boot option. An MS-DOS prompt is still available for using command line options. To access this, click on Start and Run. Type in the word COMMAND and click OK. This will give you a command line prompt.
What are the System Requirements for Windows ME?
Windows ME requires a 166mhz Pentium or equivalent, 32MB of RAM, and 320MB of hard drive space for minimal installation. Certain optional features may require higher performance components. You can check the Microsoft Website for updated information and compatibility guides.
What is the Out of Box Experience and how do I use it?
The Out of Box Experience is designed to help you quickly setup up your computer and have it working within a few minutes of taking it out of the box.
How do I find help for Windows ME?
Windows ME has an Improved Help and Support Feature. You can access this by clicking on the Start Button, then clicking the Help Menu Item.
How do I use the Revert Your Computer feature?
You can access the System Restore Utility through Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools. This feature allows you to undo changes made to your computer that might prevent your computer from working properly. Windows will automatically make backups of your configuration files from time to time, and these can be restored using the System Restore program. Please note, this program does NOT backup document files. You must still back these up separately.
How does Critical File Protection work and how does it affect ME?
Critical File Protection works by preserving copies of system files when you install new software. If you install a software package that damages or replaces a system file, this feature allows you to recover these files.
Can I use my MS-DOS Programs with Windows ME?
Some MS-DOS based programs will still work in Windows ME. However, since major changes have been made to the internal workings of the operating system, you will find that a large number of MS-DOS based programs will not work. Microsoft has no plans to include support for these programs in future versions of Windows. It is recommended that you upgrade your MS-DOS based programs to versions that will work under Windows ME. If you are not sure if your program will work, you should contact the program's vendor for compatibility information.
Can I use my Windows 95 and 98 Programs with Windows ME?
Most programs designed for Windows 95 and 98 will work with Windows ME. Some programs may require patches or updates to work correctly. If there are questions, you should check with your program's vendor for compatibility information.
How do I find out more information about Windows ME?
Windows has several features built in to give you more information. Look for these under Start, Programs, Accessories. Look for Interactive Training, and under Entertainment look for Windows Millennium Edition Preview. There are also a number of websites with information. Look at www.microsoft.com <http://www.microsoft.com> or your favorite search engine for more information.
What is Drive Space?
Drive Space is an older MS-DOS program designed to compress data on hard drives and floppy disks so more information could be stored. This program is not compatible with new large capacity hard drives and modern file systems. The Drive Space program included in Windows ME is only capable of reading compressed floppy drives. It will not allow you to compress any drives.
What kind of Multimedia Applications come with Windows ME?
Windows ME comes with the Windows Media Player, which is capable of playing a large variety of media types including: CD-Audio, digital video and audio files, and Internet streaming media.
How do I set up Home Networking?
can be a complex process. The basic procedure would be to first install
your network adapter, then run the Home Networking Wizard under Start,
Programs, Accessories, Communications.
What are Accessibility Options?
Accessibility Options are designed to make Windows more accessible for people with disabilities. They allow you to modify the display and input devices to make it easier to work with the computer.
Does Windows ME have built in Virus Protection?
Windows does not include any virus protection. Virus protection must be purchased separately. It is recommended that you purchase an anti-virus package and update it regularly to protect your computer from viruses and other malicious programs.
How do I change Power Management Settings?
Windows controls all power management settings. These settings can be changed in the Power Options control panel.
I don't like Internet Explorer, how can I remove it?
Internet Explorer 5.5 is an integral part of Windows ME and cannot be removed. If you prefer a different Web Browser, you may install it, and have it work properly. If you wish to have the other browser as your default browser, you may set this under the Internet Options control panel.
Where do I find my certificate of authenticity?
The Certificate of Authenticity label is attached to the bottom of the computer. You should write this number down and keep it with your important documentation. Two good places to keep this are written on your invoice for the computer, and on a piece of paper in the envelope with your Restore CD.
Where is my Windows disk?
In accordance with our agreement with Microsoft, we cannot ship Windows CDs with computers. Your Restore CD has all of the software you need to reload Windows on your computer. Please do not lose this disk, as it cannot be replaced.
How do I find out what resources are free?
You can check your computer's resources using the System control Panel. Look under Device Manager, highlight Computer and click properties. You will have options to view Interrupt Request, Input/Output Range, Direct Memory Access, and Memory Address resource settings.
The WinBook comes with several drivers, which allow you to use the special features of your computer. You can find these in the Drivers directory on your Restore CD. There is no need to install these when you get your computer as they come pre-installed. The copy on your Restore CD is to be used in case you have the need to reinstall these drivers. These drivers are updated from time to time. You can find updates at www.winbookcorp.com <http://www.winbookcorp.com>.
How do I find files on my computer?
You can search your computer, other computers on your local network, and the Internet by clicking on the Start button and choosing Search.
Why can't I find the Dialup Networking Folder in My Computer?
The Dialup Networking Folder has been moved to the Control Panels.
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