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From Windows 1 to Windows 10: 29 years of Windows evolution


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Poll: From Windows 1 to Windows 10: 29 years of Windows evolution (84 member(s) have cast votes)

Which do you prefer?

  1. Windows 1 (1 votes [1.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.19%

  2. Windows 2 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Windows 3 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Windows 3.1 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Windows 95 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Windows 98 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Windows ME (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. Windows 2000 (1 votes [1.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.19%

  9. Windows XP (6 votes [7.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.14%

  10. Windows Vista (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Windows 7 (29 votes [34.52%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 34.52%

  12. Windows 8 (2 votes [2.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.38%

  13. Windows 8.1 (2 votes [2.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.38%

  14. Windows 10 (43 votes [51.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 51.19%

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#1 Mercedes-Benz

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 09:26 PM

1. Windows 1.0

Working on MS-DOS was a little bit tough for the users because it dealt with playing with various commands. Taking this into consideration, Microsoft announced its first edition of Windows on 1983. Microsoft released the first version (Windows 1.0) on 2nd November 1985. Now, instead of seeing the boring black screen, the user can just move a mouse to point and manage clicks through the screen. Drop-down menus, icons and dialog boxes made the programs easier to learn and use. You’re now able to modify among many programs while not having to quit and restart all.

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You might be wondering about the features...

MS‑DOS file management, Paint, Notepad, Calculator, and a Calendar, these features were a part of the introductory Operating System. A game called “Reversi? was also a included in the first edition.

Trivia: MS‑DOS stands for Microsoft Disk Operating System.

2. Windows 2.0

On December 9, 1987, Microsoft released the second version of Windows, the Windows 2.0. With the improved speed, reliability and usability, computers now started becoming a part of daily life for some workers. Desktop icons and use of keyboard shortcuts helped to speed up the work.

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Trivia: Control Panel makes its first appearance in Windows 2.0.

3. Windows 3.0 (Getting the Graphics)

It gets better…

After launching 2 booming versions of Windows, Microsoft made an announcement concerning its third Operating System Windows 3.0 on 22th May 1990. This new Windows Operating System was quite handsomely popular because of its sensible performance, advanced graphics with 16 colors, and improved icons.  The 3.0 edition offered full support for the Intel 386 processor. In Windows 3.0, the improved SDK helped software developers focus more on writing programs and less on writing device drivers. Program Manager, File Manager, Print Manager were some of the features that got place in this edition.

Trivia: Heart, Solitaire and Minesweeper made their appearance from Windows 3.0.

4. Windows 95 (Don’t forget the Internet)

One of the most publicized launch that Microsoft has ever taken on is Windows 95. Released on August 24, 1995, this was the first Operating System to have a Start button and a Start Menu.This era of Windows made the foundation for emails, fax/modems and multimedia games. This edition of Windows was compatible with its previous versions. This means that it allowed upgrading previous editions of Windows and MS-DOS. The upgrade was available for both floppy disk and CD-ROM with 12 different language supports.

This time…

Windows 95 had built-in support for Internet, dial-up networking, and new Plug and Play capabilities that made it easy to install hardware and software.

5. Windows 98 (Windows evolves for Work and Play)

On June 25, 1998, Windows 98 was launched. It was the first version of Windows that was designed by keeping in mind the consumers. By this time, PCs became common at work and home, and Internet cafes. With the system that “Works Better, Plays Better?, the user was able to find information with much ease.

What’s the best part…

The major improvements that came up with this system are:  functionality to open and close programs more quickly, and support for reading DVD discs and universal serial bus (USB) devices.

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Trivia: Windows 98 is the last version based on MS‑DOS.

6. Windows ME

ME here stands for Millennium Edition. This edition of Windows was rushed into the market on September 2000. It had features like Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player 7, and the new Windows Movie Maker software, which provided basic video editing and was designed to be easy to use. Compared with alternative releases of Windows, Windows ME had a shelf-life of simply over a year.

Windows ME was often criticized for being buggy, slow and unstable. Windows ME, along with Windows 2000, were soon replaced by the NT-based Windows XP.

7. Windows XP (Stable, Usable and Fast)

With the marathon journey of 6 years, Windows XP is one of the best-selling Operating System and is still used at some parts of the globe. On October 25, 2001, Microsoft released Windows XP with a rejuvenated look and feel that focused on usability and a centered Help and support center. Awareness about the computer viruses and hackers increases, but due to online delivery of security updates, there was calmness to a certain extent. This version emphasized on help and support.

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Windows XP, here’s why….

In addition, Navigation simplicity of the Start menu, taskbar, and Control Panel are more intuitive in this edition of Windows.

Windows XP was available in 25 different languages and had several editions like Windows XP 64-bit Edition (2001), Windows XP Media Center Edition (2002) , Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (2002).

8. Windows Vista (Smart on Security)

Windows Vista was released in 2006. This version was centered around security norms. User Account Control helps prevent potentially harmful software from making changes to your computer. In Windows Vista Ultimate, BitLocker Drive Encryption provides better data protection and was made available in 35 different languages. The redesigned start button made his first appearance on Windows Vista. Many features like the taskbar, borders around Windows get a brand new look. Search gets new emphasis and helps people find files on their PCs faster.

9. Windows 7 (Introduction to Touch Screen)

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning?, Bill Gates, the founder of the giant company quoted himself. As the technology was changing with a rapid pace, people tend to think of more easy ways of communication standards, Microsoft perfectly made a bull’s eye by introducing the touchscreen era with Windows 7 which was made available on 22 October 2009.After a span of three years, Windows 7 was released with some major improvements to its predecessor Windows Vista. This new edition of Windows was praised by critics, who considered the Operating System to be a major improvement.

Want to know the best part…

Increased performance, redesigned look and feel, touch and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, Direct Access, and kernel improvements.

Windows 7 adds support for systems using multiple heterogeneous graphics cards from different vendors. Windows 7 is available in following editions:
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Trivia: Windows 7 is evaluated by 8 million beta testers worldwide before it’s released.

10. Windows 8.0 (The Generation of Apps and Tiles)

On October 2012, Microsoft launched the Windows 8 edition, the most colorful and good-looking Operating System. Microsoft came up with a totally new interface that smartly worked on both the touch and on mouse and keyboard. The start menu was revised in this edition with apps and tiles that connect to people, files and websites.

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Instead of keyboard and mouse, this time more focus was given on touch screen. These are the following editions of Windows 8:
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
11. Windows 8.1

Here’s why…

The vision of Windows 8 to provide powerful apps and cloud connectivity let the upgrade to Windows 8.1. Changes in user interface and desktop, online services and functionality, security and hardware compatibility etc are improvements to name a few. In addition, some very interesting apps were also shipped in Windows8.1, some of them are, Bing Smart Search so you can find what you’re looking for across the PC or the web, Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness, and great utility apps like Reading List, Calculator, and Alarms.

Windows 8.1 Operating System the following editions:
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 Edition
  • Windows 8.1 Pro Edition
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition
12. Windows 10

The recent addition to the windows family is Windows 10. It was introduced to the world on 29 July 2015. A number of new features like Cortana, the Microsoft Edge, The Start menu, Windowed Windows Store apps, Virtual desktops/Task View, Action Center, Revamped core apps, The Xbox app, Continuum, Unified settings etc made their existence in this latest edition. Microsoft Edge is the new Web browser of Windows 10 which is specially designed to be a lightweight web browser. Till date, Microsoft has released numerous versions of Windows 10. If you are a genuine Windows 10 holder then you can upgrade Windows 10 for free.

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#2 SphinxXx

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 05:57 AM

In my opinion i'm finding W10 to be the most useful simply because i can connect to pretty much anything within my home through my PC/ Network i.e Xbox One and the ability to now use the X1 through W10 is fantastic!

That said the others had their perks but i think in most castes Vista was horrendous with it's laggy UI's etc.

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 06:00 AM

I've always been a fan of Windows 2000, but I will always be loyal to Windows XP even if they aren't supported anymore. RIP Windows XP

#4 Ian2456

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 05:22 AM

Windows 7 is my favor, I have a legit key for it.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 02:11 PM

Windows XP all day and night. It was the most stable, less buggy, easiest Windows to be out. I loved XP. I still had computers running XP when they stopped doing updates on it. That day made me super sad =(

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 07:23 AM

View PostSmokeyDaLion, on 25 December 2016 - 02:11 PM, said:

It was the most stable, less buggy, easiest Windows to be out.

what a bullshit
1. it is not the most stable
2. it has not more or less bugs as another OS or Windows
3. and it is definitely not the easiest Windows
only someone who never really tested a newer Windows can say something like that

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 07:51 PM

Windows 7 for me,ihave legit key,but have used Daz loader in past

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 03:57 AM

I loved Windows XP, I loved Windows 7, but now I like Windows 10 for his performance and user friendliness

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:33 AM

To be honest I prefer Windows 10 because that's what I use, but I like Windows 7 :)

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:24 PM

tbh win10 is propably the most shitty operating system, does no one care about privacy policies anymore?

connectivity is one point, and the rest is shit, user experience dropped since win XP, they took the worse things from winVista +win8 and put them together to a big FAIL
and then they want to force you to upgrade? 1 OS for all devices? what a big lie, not even the software is compatible to all devices, neither the OS is exactly the same
and when you look at xbox, trololol, so many fckng bugs, crashes and and and....

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:35 PM

Hello friends
I allow myself to submit my preference about the different operating systems of microsoft

I have always used Windows since XP
Today I am working on a pc that has Windows10 first official version with license oem, I have some problems with system updates to the birthday version released last year but I can say that everything I used under Windows Vista and Seven runs smoothly on W10;

My preference goes to Windows Seven (installed at its release in boxed version with full license), for me the most beautiful thing that "released" Microsoft so that those who came from its previous operating systems are not lost in this System but also what windows there was compatible with all the old systems of the brand ....
Here's what I can tell from my experience with Windows
Science is like culture: it is sown, cultivated, harvested (NOT SILVER BUT WORK !!!) and above all we share it in common ...
La science c'est comme la culture : on la sème, cultive , récolte (PAS LE POGNON MAIS LE BOULOT !!! ) et surtout on la partage en commun ...

#12 nl_blocks

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:10 PM

This is actually pretty interesting!

i didnt know most of the stuff about the old windows versions!

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 08:06 AM

It's pretty amazing to see the content come so far, and some of even be removed. I do enjoy Windows 10 personally myself the most though.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 01:11 AM

I had never seen Windows 1.0 before, it looks very old :o

29 years !

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 09:56 PM

Bill Gates taught us to count 10:

In this section, a client version of Windows is a version that can be purchased and installed on personal computers (desktop computers, laptops and workstations) or purchased with these computers. Name Release
date Release
version Editions Latest build Windows 10 29 July 2015 NT 10.0[1]
  • Windows 10 Home

  • Windows 10 Pro

  • Windows 10 Pro Education

  • Windows 10 Enterprise

  • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB

  • Windows 10 Education

  • Windows 10 Mobile

  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise

  • Windows 10 IoT Core

  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

  • Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise
See Windows 10 editions 14393
(August 2 update) Windows 8.1 17 October 2013 NT 6.3
  • Windows 8.1

  • Windows 8.1 Pro

  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
9600
(April 8 update) Windows 8 26 October 2012 NT 6.2
  • Windows 8

  • Windows 8 Pro

  • Windows 8 Enterprise

  • Windows 8 OEM
See Windows 8 editions 9200 Windows 7 22 October 2009 NT 6.1
  • Windows 7 Starter

  • Windows 7 Home Basic

  • Windows 7 Home Premium

  • Windows 7 Professional

  • Windows 7 Enterprise

  • Windows 7 Ultimate

  • Windows Thin PC
See Windows 7 editions 7601
(Service Pack 1) Windows Vista 30 January 2007 NT 6.0
  • Windows Vista Starter

  • Windows Vista Home Basic

  • Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Windows Vista Business

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

  • Windows Vista Ultimate
See Windows Vista editions 6002
(Service Pack 2) Windows XP Professional x64 25 April 2005 NT 5.2 N/A 3790
(Service Pack 2) Windows XP 25 October 2001 NT 5.1 See Windows XP editions 2600
(Service Pack 3) Windows ME 14 September 2000 4.90 N/A 3000 Windows 2000 17 February 2000 NT 5.0 Professional 2195 Windows 98 25 June 1998 4.10 2222 A Windows NT 4.0 24 August 1996 NT 4.0 Windows NT 4.0 Workstation 1381
(Service Pack 6a) Windows 95 24 August 1995 4.00
  • Windows 95

  • Windows 95 SP1 (31 December 1995)

  • Windows 95 OSR1 (14 February 1996)

  • Windows 95 OSR2 (24 August 1996)

  • Windows 95 USB Supplement to OSR2 (27 August 1997)

  • Windows 95 OSR2.1 (27 August 1997)

  • Windows 95 OSR2.5 (26 November 1997)
950 Windows NT 3.51 30 May 1995 NT 3.51 Windows NT 3.51 Workstation 1057 Windows NT 3.5 21 September 1994 NT 3.50 Windows NT 3.5 Workstation 807 Windows 3.2 22 November 1993 3.2 Simplified Chinese only Windows for Workgroups 3.11 November 1993 3.11 N/A Windows NT 3.1 27 July 1993 NT 3.10 Windows NT 3.1 528 Windows 3.1 April 1992 3.10
  • Windows 3.1

  • Windows for Workgroups 3.1 (October 1992)
Windows 3.0 22 May 1990 3.00 N/A Windows 2.11 13 March 1989 2.11
  • Windows/286

  • Windows/386
Windows 2.10 27 May 1988 2.10
  • Windows/286

  • Windows/386
Windows 2.03 9 December 1987 2.03 N/A Windows 1.04 April 1987 1.04 N/A Windows 1.03 August 1986 1.03 N/A Windows 1.02 May 1986 1.02 N/A Windows 1.01 20 November 1985 1.01 N/A
Server versions

Name Release
date Release
version
number Editions Windows Server 2016 2016 NT 10.0
  • Windows Server 2016 Essentials

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard

  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 R2 2013 NT 6.3
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 2012 NT 6.2
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation

  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

  • Windows MultiPoint Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 2009 NT 6.1 Windows Server 2008 2008 NT 6.0 Windows Server 2003 R2 2006 NT 5.2
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Web Edition

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition

  • Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 (CCS)

  • Windows Storage Server

  • Windows Home Server
Windows Server 2003 2003 NT 5.2
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003

  • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition

  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition

  • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition

  • Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition

  • Windows Storage Server
Windows 2000 17 February 2000 NT 5.0
  • Windows 2000 Server

  • Windows 2000 Advanced Server

  • Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
Windows NT 4.0 29 July 1996 NT 4.0
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server

  • Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise

  • Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition
Windows NT 3.51 June 1995 NT 3.51 Windows NT 3.51 Server Windows NT 3.5 September 1994 NT 3.50 Windows NT 3.5 Server Windows NT 3.1 August 1993 NT 3.10 Windows NT 3.1 Advanced Server


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#16 honora

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 10:58 PM

Out of all windows versions I like windows 7 proffesional the most, easy to use, user friendly, kinda stable, alot support. My second choise would be windows xp because its light and fast. Besides this i would go for linux.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:37 AM

Haha cool post, but nothing beats Windows XP in my eyes! B)

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 08:45 PM

Windows 7 is always best.

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 06:24 PM

I use windows 10 pro, I find it very practical and beautiful.
I just lost in FPS in my games.

Sorry my bad english



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:06 AM

Yes, what a long trend the Windows platform has blossomed from :)

I remember my first PC OS was Windows XP lmao, then to Vista and then my baby Windows 7 <3 (surprised of the poll results tbh).

I went on to windows 8 and 10 and I do enjoy Win 10 a lot more now that a lot has been fixed and improved upon that disaster called Windows 8 :P




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