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Windows ME to XP upgrade path?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dave, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. dave

    dave Flightless Bird

    One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    too many resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer needs
    to do is run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other
    computers with XP & Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home
    edition will work, if that saves money.

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  2. Bill in Co

    Bill in Co Flightless Bird

    dave wrote:
    > One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    > Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    > all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    > question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    > too many resources, so it needs to be XP.


    Windows XP also takes a fair amount of resources, and given that you're
    talking about an older WinME machine, that might also be pushing it. Plus
    I'd bet there are still some antivirus programs that would work even with ME
    or 98, although they might be slightly older editions. I sure wouldn't do
    that operating system upgrade solely for the one reason you gave (if you
    really needed to run some Windows XP applications, that might be another
    story). But if you insist, you could upgrade ME with a XP Home edition CD,
    if it's available, which would (in principle) retain your existing programs.
    But a clean install is always a much better idea. In any case, you'd have
    to be sure your machine is up to it, and expect there will be some issues
    along the way.
     
  3. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "dave" <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    news:i56fmc$p6a$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    > Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    > all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my question
    > is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes too many
    > resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer needs to do is
    > run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other computers with
    > XP & Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home edition will work,
    > if that saves money.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Dave


    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=antivirus+programs+for+windows+me

    Along with what Bill suggested, if you're going to be attaching this PC to a
    LAN with internet access, you'll be better off with XP Pro, if for nothing
    else than the security. If you're running Windows Server for your domain
    controller, you may not be allowed to connect an XP Home PC by your IT
    department (unless, of course, you are the IT department :) )

    Before investing in a copy of XP, compare your ME system to what's required
    for XP:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314865
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP#System_requirements

    Plus the additional requirements needed to install SP3 (which you will need
    to continue getting security updates):
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947311
    --
    SC Tom
    -There's no such thing as TMI when asking for tech support.
     
  4. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 8/26/2010 3:20 PM On a whim, SC Tom pounded out on the keyboard

    > "dave"<dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    > news:i56fmc$p6a$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my question
    >> is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes too many
    >> resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer needs to do is
    >> run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other computers with
    >> XP& Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home edition will work,
    >> if that saves money.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Dave

    >
    > http://lmgtfy.com/?q=antivirus+programs+for+windows+me
    >
    > Along with what Bill suggested, if you're going to be attaching this PC to a
    > LAN with internet access, you'll be better off with XP Pro, if for nothing
    > else than the security. If you're running Windows Server for your domain
    > controller, you may not be allowed to connect an XP Home PC by your IT
    > department (unless, of course, you are the IT department :) )
    >
    > Before investing in a copy of XP, compare your ME system to what's required
    > for XP:
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314865
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP#System_requirements
    >
    > Plus the additional requirements needed to install SP3 (which you will need
    > to continue getting security updates):
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947311


    Although your link states AntiVir runs on Me, it does not:
    http://www.free-av.com/en/pages/22/faq.html
    So there may be other links that aren't accurate.


    I know ClamWin does, but it doesn't do real time protection.



    Terry R.
    --
    Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
     
  5. dave

    dave Flightless Bird

    Bill in Co wrote:
    > dave wrote:
    >> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >> question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >> too many resources, so it needs to be XP.

    >
    > Windows XP also takes a fair amount of resources, and given that you're
    > talking about an older WinME machine, that might also be pushing it. Plus
    > I'd bet there are still some antivirus programs that would work even with ME
    > or 98, although they might be slightly older editions. I sure wouldn't do
    > that operating system upgrade solely for the one reason you gave (if you
    > really needed to run some Windows XP applications, that might be another
    > story). But if you insist, you could upgrade ME with a XP Home edition CD,
    > if it's available, which would (in principle) retain your existing programs.
    > But a clean install is always a much better idea. In any case, you'd have
    > to be sure your machine is up to it, and expect there will be some issues
    > along the way.
    >
    >

    The computer is a 1.8 GHz Athlon, 1 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive. According
    the the XP specs, it should work ok.

    Dave,
     
  6. Bill in Co

    Bill in Co Flightless Bird

    dave wrote:
    > Bill in Co wrote:
    >> dave wrote:
    >>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>> question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >>> too many resources, so it needs to be XP.

    >>
    >> Windows XP also takes a fair amount of resources, and given that you're
    >> talking about an older WinME machine, that might also be pushing it.
    >> Plus
    >> I'd bet there are still some antivirus programs that would work even with
    >> ME
    >> or 98, although they might be slightly older editions. I sure wouldn't
    >> do
    >> that operating system upgrade solely for the one reason you gave (if you
    >> really needed to run some Windows XP applications, that might be another
    >> story). But if you insist, you could upgrade ME with a XP Home edition
    >> CD,
    >> if it's available, which would (in principle) retain your existing
    >> programs.
    >> But a clean install is always a much better idea. In any case, you'd
    >> have
    >> to be sure your machine is up to it, and expect there will be some issues
    >> along the way.
    >>
    >>

    > The computer is a 1.8 GHz Athlon, 1 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive. According
    > the the XP specs, it should work ok.
    >
    > Dave,


    I presume you meant 1 GB of RAM, and yes, that sounds good. But why would
    you go to all the trouble and hassle (and there most certainly will be a lot
    of that) of completely upgrading (or clean installing) another operating
    system? JUST because of some antivirus programs?
     
  7. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:35:45 -0400, dave <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote:

    >One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >too many resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer needs
    >to do is run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other
    >computers with XP & Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home
    >edition will work, if that saves money.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >Dave


    IIRC there are still antivirus programs that work in win98/me.

    Try microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion
     
  8. Sunny

    Sunny Flightless Bird

    "mm" <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
    news:lhge76lbtuplc9rlvkh65anq4f6q2j9jcg@4ax.com...
    > On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:35:45 -0400, dave <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >
    >>One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >>all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >>too many resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer needs
    >>to do is run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other
    >>computers with XP & Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home
    >>edition will work, if that saves money.
    >>
    >>Thanks,
    >>Dave

    >
    > IIRC there are still antivirus programs that work in win98/me.


    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
     
  9. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Terry R." <F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> wrote in message
    news:-ONB3fFYRLHA.4960@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > On 8/26/2010 3:20 PM On a whim, SC Tom pounded out on the keyboard
    >
    >> "dave"<dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    >> news:i56fmc$p6a$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>> question
    >>> is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes too many
    >>> resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer needs to do is
    >>> run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other computers
    >>> with
    >>> XP& Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home edition will
    >>> work,
    >>> if that saves money.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Dave

    >>
    >> http://lmgtfy.com/?q=antivirus+programs+for+windows+me
    >>
    >> Along with what Bill suggested, if you're going to be attaching this PC
    >> to a
    >> LAN with internet access, you'll be better off with XP Pro, if for
    >> nothing
    >> else than the security. If you're running Windows Server for your domain
    >> controller, you may not be allowed to connect an XP Home PC by your IT
    >> department (unless, of course, you are the IT department :) )
    >>
    >> Before investing in a copy of XP, compare your ME system to what's
    >> required
    >> for XP:
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314865
    >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP#System_requirements
    >>
    >> Plus the additional requirements needed to install SP3 (which you will
    >> need
    >> to continue getting security updates):
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947311

    >
    > Although your link states AntiVir runs on Me, it does not:
    > http://www.free-av.com/en/pages/22/faq.html
    > So there may be other links that aren't accurate.
    >
    >
    > I know ClamWin does, but it doesn't do real time protection.
    >
    >
    >
    > Terry R.
    > --
    > Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    > Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.


    My link doesn't 'state' anything; it's just a Google search. AntiVir was one
    of 12,300,000 hits in the link I posted. I'm sure at least one of the other
    12,299,999 hits will have one that DOES work with ME :)
    --
    SC Tom
    -There's no such thing as TMI when asking for tech support.
     
  10. Dave Boland

    Dave Boland Flightless Bird

    Bill in Co wrote:
    > dave wrote:
    >> Bill in Co wrote:
    >>> dave wrote:
    >>>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >>>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>>> question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >>>> too many resources, so it needs to be XP.
    >>> Windows XP also takes a fair amount of resources, and given that you're
    >>> talking about an older WinME machine, that might also be pushing it.
    >>> Plus
    >>> I'd bet there are still some antivirus programs that would work even with
    >>> ME
    >>> or 98, although they might be slightly older editions. I sure wouldn't
    >>> do
    >>> that operating system upgrade solely for the one reason you gave (if you
    >>> really needed to run some Windows XP applications, that might be another
    >>> story). But if you insist, you could upgrade ME with a XP Home edition
    >>> CD,
    >>> if it's available, which would (in principle) retain your existing
    >>> programs.
    >>> But a clean install is always a much better idea. In any case, you'd
    >>> have
    >>> to be sure your machine is up to it, and expect there will be some issues
    >>> along the way.
    >>>
    >>>

    >> The computer is a 1.8 GHz Athlon, 1 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive. According
    >> the the XP specs, it should work ok.
    >>
    >> Dave,

    >
    > I presume you meant 1 GB of RAM, and yes, that sounds good. But why would
    > you go to all the trouble and hassle (and there most certainly will be a lot
    > of that) of completely upgrading (or clean installing) another operating
    > system? JUST because of some antivirus programs?
    >
    >

    anti-virus is required. ME is no longer supported. So, XP seems like a
    logical way forward. And yes, I meant 1 GB of RAM

    Dave,
     
  11. Dave Boland

    Dave Boland Flightless Bird

    Sunny wrote:
    > "mm" <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
    > news:lhge76lbtuplc9rlvkh65anq4f6q2j9jcg@4ax.com...
    >> On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:35:45 -0400, dave <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >>
    >>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>> question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >>> too many resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer needs
    >>> to do is run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other
    >>> computers with XP & Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home
    >>> edition will work, if that saves money.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Dave

    >> IIRC there are still antivirus programs that work in win98/me.

    >
    > http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
    >
    >

    The latest Avast DOES NOT work with ME -- I tried it along with a bunch
    of others prior to starting this thread.

    Dave,
     
  12. Mint

    Mint Flightless Bird

    On Aug 27, 7:33 am, Dave Boland <dbola...@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    > Bill in Co wrote:
    > > dave wrote:
    > >> Bill in Co wrote:
    > >>> dave wrote:
    > >>>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it.  It is used for a few
    > >>>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program.  Unfortunately, itseems
    > >>>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows.  So my
    > >>>> question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP?  Windows 7 takes
    > >>>> too many resources, so it needs to be XP.
    > >>> Windows XP also takes a fair amount of resources, and given that you're
    > >>> talking about an older WinME machine, that might also be pushing it.
    > >>> Plus
    > >>> I'd bet there are still some antivirus programs that would work even with
    > >>> ME
    > >>> or 98, although they might be slightly older editions.  I sure wouldn't
    > >>> do
    > >>> that operating system upgrade solely for the one reason you gave (if you
    > >>> really needed to run some Windows XP applications, that might be another
    > >>> story).  But if you insist, you could upgrade ME with a XP Home edition
    > >>> CD,
    > >>> if it's available, which would (in principle) retain your existing
    > >>> programs.
    > >>> But a clean install is always a much better idea.   In any case, you'd
    > >>> have
    > >>> to be sure your machine is up to it, and expect there will be some issues
    > >>> along the way.

    >
    > >> The computer is a 1.8 GHz Athlon, 1 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive.  According
    > >> the the XP specs, it should work ok.

    >
    > >> Dave,

    >
    > > I presume you meant 1 GB of RAM, and yes, that sounds good.   But whywould
    > > you go to all the trouble and hassle (and there most certainly will be a lot
    > > of that) of completely upgrading (or clean installing) another operating
    > > system?   JUST because of some antivirus programs?

    >
    > anti-virus is required.  ME is no longer supported.  So, XP seems like a
    > logical way forward.  And yes, I meant 1 GB of RAM
    >
    > Dave,


    XP will run just fine on your system.

    I have XP Pro on an old P-3 with 512 Mb ram.

    Ebay has XP Pro at some real good prices.
     
  13. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 8/27/2010 4:26 AM On a whim, SC Tom pounded out on the keyboard

    > "Terry R."<F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> wrote in message
    > news:-ONB3fFYRLHA.4960@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> On 8/26/2010 3:20 PM On a whim, SC Tom pounded out on the keyboard
    >>
    >>> "dave"<dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    >>> news:i56fmc$p6a$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it seems
    >>>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>>> question
    >>>> is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes too many
    >>>> resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer needs to do is
    >>>> run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other computers
    >>>> with
    >>>> XP& Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home edition will
    >>>> work,
    >>>> if that saves money.
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>> Dave
    >>> http://lmgtfy.com/?q=antivirus+programs+for+windows+me
    >>>
    >>> Along with what Bill suggested, if you're going to be attaching this PC
    >>> to a
    >>> LAN with internet access, you'll be better off with XP Pro, if for
    >>> nothing
    >>> else than the security. If you're running Windows Server for your domain
    >>> controller, you may not be allowed to connect an XP Home PC by your IT
    >>> department (unless, of course, you are the IT department :) )
    >>>
    >>> Before investing in a copy of XP, compare your ME system to what's
    >>> required
    >>> for XP:
    >>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314865
    >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP#System_requirements
    >>>
    >>> Plus the additional requirements needed to install SP3 (which you will
    >>> need
    >>> to continue getting security updates):
    >>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947311

    >> Although your link states AntiVir runs on Me, it does not:
    >> http://www.free-av.com/en/pages/22/faq.html
    >> So there may be other links that aren't accurate.
    >>
    >>
    >> I know ClamWin does, but it doesn't do real time protection.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Terry R.
    >> --
    >> Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    >> Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.

    >
    > My link doesn't 'state' anything; it's just a Google search. AntiVir was one
    > of 12,300,000 hits in the link I posted. I'm sure at least one of the other
    > 12,299,999 hits will have one that DOES work with ME :)


    Yes, a Google search that has Antivir answering the search criteria,
    which is wrong. And I gave one of the few AV programs that still
    support 98/Me.


    Terry R.
    --
    Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
     
  14. Rex

    Rex Flightless Bird

    On 27-Aug-2010 7:02, dave wrote:

    >>

    > The computer is a 1.8 GHz Athlon, 1 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive. According
    > the the XP specs, it should work ok.
    >
    > Dave,


    Heh. Back in 2001, I had a 1 GHz Athlon, 128 MB RAM and 40 GB hard
    drive. Ran ME like a breeze. In 2003, I upgraded to 384 MB RAM with XP
    and that also ran fine. So you should face no problems with your setup.
     
  15. Sunny

    Sunny Flightless Bird

    "Dave Boland" <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    news:i58bgj$p8i$2@speranza.aioe.org...
    > Sunny wrote:
    >> "mm" <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
    >> news:lhge76lbtuplc9rlvkh65anq4f6q2j9jcg@4ax.com...
    >>> On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:35:45 -0400, dave <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it
    >>>> seems
    >>>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>>> question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >>>> too many resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer
    >>>> needs
    >>>> to do is run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other
    >>>> computers with XP & Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home
    >>>> edition will work, if that saves money.
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>> Dave
    >>> IIRC there are still antivirus programs that work in win98/me.

    >>
    >> http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

    > The latest Avast DOES NOT work with ME -- I tried it along with a bunch
    > of others prior to starting this thread.
    >
    > Dave,


    Strange, I have it working and updating on a WinME and Win98SE PCs.
    Make sure you download Version 4.8 (old product), not a later version and
    "update at least weekly"
    http://www.avast.com/download-update
    (You also need a "free" licence key, good for 12 months.
    HTH
     
  16. dave

    dave Flightless Bird

    Sunny wrote:
    > "Dave Boland" <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    > news:i58bgj$p8i$2@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> Sunny wrote:
    >>> "mm" <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:lhge76lbtuplc9rlvkh65anq4f6q2j9jcg@4ax.com...
    >>>> On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:35:45 -0400, dave <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>>>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it
    >>>>> seems
    >>>>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>>>> question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >>>>> too many resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer
    >>>>> needs
    >>>>> to do is run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other
    >>>>> computers with XP & Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home
    >>>>> edition will work, if that saves money.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks,
    >>>>> Dave
    >>>> IIRC there are still antivirus programs that work in win98/me.
    >>> http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

    >> The latest Avast DOES NOT work with ME -- I tried it along with a bunch
    >> of others prior to starting this thread.
    >>
    >> Dave,

    >
    > Strange, I have it working and updating on a WinME and Win98SE PCs.
    > Make sure you download Version 4.8 (old product), not a later version and
    > "update at least weekly"
    > http://www.avast.com/download-update
    > (You also need a "free" licence key, good for 12 months.
    > HTH
    >
    >
    >

    The computer had Avast, but it is an older version that seems to be no
    longer supported (v. 4 I believe). It stopped working, and the latest
    version won't install -- complains about needing a more modern version
    of Windows. I have no problem using an older version as long as it
    works. The problem is finding an older version that works with ME and
    still gets anti-virus updates. I'm not optimistic, but ever hopeful.

    Dave,
     
  17. Chuck

    Chuck Flightless Bird

    On 8/28/2010 8:18 PM, dave wrote:
    > Sunny wrote:
    >> "Dave Boland" <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
    >> news:i58bgj$p8i$2@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>> Sunny wrote:
    >>>> "mm" <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:lhge76lbtuplc9rlvkh65anq4f6q2j9jcg@4ax.com...
    >>>>> On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:35:45 -0400, dave <dboland9@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> One of the computers here has Windows ME on it. It is used for a few
    >>>>>> Windows tasks, and needs an anti-virus program. Unfortunately, it
    >>>>>> seems
    >>>>>> all the anti-virus programs need a later model of Windows. So my
    >>>>>> question is what is the cheapest path to Windows XP? Windows 7 takes
    >>>>>> too many resources, so it needs to be XP. Since all the computer
    >>>>>> needs
    >>>>>> to do is run some 98/ME vintage programs and work on the LAN (other
    >>>>>> computers with XP & Linux) and share a printer, I guess that the home
    >>>>>> edition will work, if that saves money.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Thanks,
    >>>>>> Dave
    >>>>> IIRC there are still antivirus programs that work in win98/me.
    >>>> http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
    >>> The latest Avast DOES NOT work with ME -- I tried it along with a
    >>> bunch of others prior to starting this thread.
    >>>
    >>> Dave,

    >>
    >> Strange, I have it working and updating on a WinME and Win98SE PCs.
    >> Make sure you download Version 4.8 (old product), not a later version
    >> and "update at least weekly"
    >> http://www.avast.com/download-update
    >> (You also need a "free" licence key, good for 12 months.
    >> HTH
    >>
    >>
    >>

    > The computer had Avast, but it is an older version that seems to be no
    > longer supported (v. 4 I believe). It stopped working, and the latest
    > version won't install -- complains about needing a more modern version
    > of Windows. I have no problem using an older version as long as it
    > works. The problem is finding an older version that works with ME and
    > still gets anti-virus updates. I'm not optimistic, but ever hopeful.
    >
    > Dave,


    The real problem is that MS has virtually discontinued the availability
    of XP. You may have quite a time finding a valid usable copy.
     

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