Thresh's FiringSquad heeft een Windows 98 systeem ge-upgrade naar Windows Millennium Edition en vervolgens de performce verschillen gemeten met SiSoft, WinStone, WinBench en het heilige Quake III Arena. Zowel de upgrade versie van WinMe als de schone WinMe install bleken in de meeste gevallen iets achter te lopen op Win98, alhoewel het verschil onder Quake te verwaarlozen was:
Judging by the test numbers and from our own experience with a real world system, we can't say that there is any problem with WinME. Whether you go for a clean install or perform an upgrade on your existing OS, you will probably be in good hands. Your mileage may vary depending on your hardware, but, if you have somewhat recent parts, you probably won't experience any troubles.
Performance-wise, you probably won't notice any difference when comes to gaming or general applications. Our synthetic test, WinBench, showed a performance advantage that favored Win98SE.
As for overall opinions on WinME, we have a few complaints. The system-restore utility that was detailed in our previous article, however nice it may be, needs to have a "disable" option. Currently, you are only allowed to reduce the amount of space it can use. If there is a simple way to disable this feature we sure haven't found it. Even though the Windows 9X series of operating systems is geared for the layman user, it would still be good to leave in some control options in for the power user.