ME was a strange OS in it's positioning I actually went from a mix of 98, 98SE and NT4 to a consolidated Win 2000 system mix, of Server and Client machines.
For a long time I spent my time downgrading systems that came with XP installed to either W2K or NT4. This was for compatibility reasons and because XP needed too to much hardware
. There was also the dumbing down of the interface and reduced included functionality that came with XP Home. Also of course professional people hated the plastic, cartoon graphic, interface.
The whole Vista hating thing was just Deja-Vu to me
In fact I remember users saying all the same things when they moved from DOS to Windows