Windows Classic Versions (Disk Images)
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Microsoft Windows Version History
Microsoft Windows has passed from a series of operating system to become Windows 10 OS. Here is a brief tour of this journey:
Microsoft Windows, the world’s best desktop operating system for years was announced on November 10, 1983 by Bill Gates.
Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985. Its price was $100 at that time. Windows 1.0 was not a complete operating system, but an operating environment that was initially named “Interface Manager” as a codename. Rowland Hanson was the marketing head at Microsoft.
Microsoft Windows 2.0 was launched on December 9, 1987. Its price was $100 at that time. Windows 2.0 got more popularity than Windows 1.0, the earlier version of Windows OS. The introduction of Microsoft Excel and Word played a major role in its popularity. It was able to utilize maximum 1 MB of memory.
Microsoft Windows 386 was released on December 9, 1987. It was also known as Windows/386. Its price was $100.
Microsoft Windows 286 was released in June 1988. It was also known as Windows/286. Its price was $100.
Microsoft Windows 3.0 was introduced on May 22, 1990. This version had 2 price tags; new Windows 3.0 full version for clean install was available at $149.95, while the upgrade from Windows 2.0 or any previous version priced $79.Windows 3.0 was equipped with virtual memory technology. It had improved multitasking functioning than previous versions.
3.0 version introduced much better user interface using VGA technology. Windows 3.1 was a multimedia update including bug fixes and performance improvements.
Microsoft and IBM had been working together on OS/2 development. It was an improved version of DOS which could support 16 MB memory on Intel 80286 processor. It was released in 1987.
Unfortunately, Microsoft and IBM had to separate their ways due to some disputes which could not be resolved. As a result, Microsoft changed the name of OS/2 to Windows NT in 1991.
Windows 3.0a or Windows 3.0 with multimedia was released in October 1991. It included the multimedia updates in version 3.0 of Windows.
Another update of version 3.0, Windows 3.1 was introduced in April 1992. It was a (kind of) blockbuster release and sold more than 1 million copies of this version in two months of its first release.
This version had a system requirement of at least 80286 or later processor. This was the first Windows OS with support of TrueType scalable fonts, faster disk performance, multimedia and a lot of bug fixes. Later on, Windows 3.11 update was released which included all new patches released for 3.1.
Windows for Workgroups 3.1
Microsoft Windows for Workgroups (WfW) 3.1 was launched in October 1992. It was available in two ways; a separate package including networking extensions in a Windows environment, and secondly, an add-on for Windows 3.1. This was a network focused release addressing business and enterprise demands.
Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Windows for Workgroups (WfW) 3.11 was released in February 1994. This was an update of Windows for Workgroups 3.1. It needed 80386SX or better processor and could run in only 386 Enhanced Mode.
Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 released on July 27, 1993.
Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 released on September 21, 1994.
Microsoft Windows NT 3.5.1 released on May 30, 1995.
Microsoft Windows NT 4 released on July 29, 1996.
Windows NT played an important role to introduce a lot of new concepts in Windows operating system, but it was not much popular itself as an operating system. NTFS was a positive technology which exists till now.
Microsoft Windows 95 (codenamed Chicago) launched on August 24, 1995. It sold like hot cake and Microsoft sold more than 1 million copies of Windows 95 within first four days of its release.
Windows 95 was an important checkpoint in operating system history of Microsoft. It supported Win32 applications with less memory problems and efficient use of virtual memory. Win95 was not able to run on old computers. MS DOS 7 used to initially manage boot processes. Applications in Windows 95 could run in 386 enhanced mode.
Microsoft Windows 95 Service Pack 1 (4.00.950A) released on February 14, 1996.
Microsoft Windows 95 (4.00.950B) generally known as OSR2 with FAT32 and MMX support launched on August 24, 1996.
Here is a list of all five version releases of Windows 95:
- Windows 95 (first original release)
- Windows 95 A (aka OSR1)
- Windows 95 B (aka OSR2) including full FAT32 support and Internet Explorer (IE 3.0) web browser.
- Windows 95 C (aka OSR2.1) with basic USB support.
- Windows 95 C (aka OSR2.5) including Internet Explorer browser (IE 4.0).
Only original Windows 95 and OSR1 were released for public. Other versions were only available to OEMs. Microsoft sold also Microsoft Plus! Add-on for Windows 95.
Microsoft Windows 98 is probably the first digital love of most of us. It was released in June 1998. It was the first operating system which was considered best for games. Windows 98, in game experience and support, was far superior to Windows ME, Windows 2000 and even Windows XP (initially).
Windows 98 was a lightweight and very customizable OS. It was perfect even up to 2005 or later. If you ask yourself (if you had been a Win98 user) or a person who used Windows 98, the old is gold would be perfect phrase comes in mind.
Win98 was though not very stable, it was easier to install Windows 98 which took a few minutes and was fun. Internet was not common those days, CDs were used to install Windows and other third party software like DirectX, Windows Media Player, etc.
Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) released on May 5, 1999.
Microsoft Windows 2000 released on February 17, 2000.
Win2000 was famous for its strict security. That is why it was used by banks, governments departments and other institutions where security was first priority.
Being honest, Win2000 was not a pleasant release. Its interface and graphics were so boring. The boot time took much time as compared to Windows 98. However, it was more stable.
Microsoft Windows ME (Millennium Edition) released on June 19, 2000.
If you ask anyone who used Windows ME, it was a real flop. A useless operating system which was a mess of Windows 2000 and 98, but without their goodness. Neither it was a secure operating system nor could it support games. That is why it could not get popularity among public and died soon.
Microsoft Windows XP was a brilliant, shiny and colorful operating system. XP was so beautiful that it outshined all other operating system, including Mac OS. Its speed and performance made a huge number of users. If you look around, you will see people still using XP. Though its users are decreasing gradually, still it captures a handsome share of users.
Microsoft Windows XP released on October 25, 2001.
Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition (version 2002) for Itanium systems introduced on March 28, 2003.
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2003 released on December 18, 2003.
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 released on October 12, 2004.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 (64-Bit) Edition released on April 24, 2005.
Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was launched on March 28, 2003.
Microsoft Windows Vista for corporations released on November 30, 2006.
Vista a just a beauty. The most beautiful operating system from Microsoft, ever. Its glass theme and visual effects were wonderful, actually mesmerizing. Windows 7 inherited most of Vista graphical interface yet Windows 7 scores lower than Vista.
Vista could not become a successful OS due to bugs and lack of usability features. But it lead the way to the most successful Windows OS, Windows 7.
Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007 for general public released on January 30, 2007.
Windows Server 2008
Microsoft Windows Server 20088 released on February 27, 2008.
Microsoft Windows 7 released on October 22, 2009.
Windows 7 is the last pure desktop Windows operating system from Microsoft. It is still very popular and most used Windows OS in 2018-2019. Microsoft has been trying too hard to migrate people from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 released on September 4, 2012.
Microsoft Windows 8 released on October 26, 2012.
Replacing Start menu with Metro menu was the start and end of Windows 8. This single feature made users furious and Microsoft kept convincing users rather than fulfilling their demand, until Windows 8 fall badly as a flop OS.
Win8, however, proved an initiative to Windows 10, which is a combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 8 is also liked by a minority of users.
Microsoft Windows 10 released on July 29, 2015.
Windows 10 is the present and future of Windows operating system. Microsoft declared Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows OS, only updates will be numbered instead of OS name.
Windows 10 is practically very useful and efficient desktop operating system. It is gradually becoming successful every day. The main challenge is making Windows 7 users willing to upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft has been trying to accomplish this goal, and gradually becoming successful.