Versions of Windows Operating System from 1.0 to 8

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In this article, I am going to show screen shots of various versions of Windows Operating System.

Of course, this screen shots are not taken by me. I have got this from one of my relative (Sriniwas Prasad) through email and thought it would be nice to publish it here.

Disclaimer: If you are the original author/publisher of these images, please let me know so that I can give proper credit to you.

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1985  Windows 1.0



The First Version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 1.0, with simple applications and the concept of multitasking on PC

1987  Windows 2.0

The Second Version of Windows, Windows 2.0 with some fixes and the Control Panel.

1988  Windows 2.1

The Second Version of Windows with some additions, and some fixes, Windows 2.1, the Paint software is seen in this one!

1990  Windows 3.0

The Third Version of Windows, Windows 3.0, featuring the File Manager and Program Manager, replacing the old MS DOS based File and Program Managers.

1992  Windows 3.1

The later released upgraded version of Windows 3.0, which had support for 32-bit Disk Access, Personalization options and had the Minesweeper game for the first time.

1995  Windows 95

Windows 95, the changed look, the new interface and the beginning of the form of Windows which we see now. Enhanced Graphics and better Communication Programs.

1998  Windows 98

Windows 98, one of the most successful versions of Windows till now, this version of Windows can still be seen in some PCs even today. With extended software's, better Performance, this Version was the first milestone in the path of the development of Windows.

2000  Windows ME

Windows ME or Windows Millenium Edition, though not a very popular version of Windows, but still it had some better tools and performance than the previous ones in some cases.

2001  Windows XP

Windows XP, the "Daddy" of all versions of Windows, the most popular version of windows even today. Windows XP is still used today because of its unmatched performance, tools and interface. This has been the best version of Windows till the arrival of Windows 7.

2006  Windows Vista

Windows Vista, though it didn’t go so well in the public, but still its a good version of Windows specially for the interface the Windows Aero™ Effect, making the Window Transparency work like magic. Performance was not its forte.

2009  Windows 7

Windows 7, the best version of Windows till date. With the new and advanced features such as the Superbar, this version of Windows created another milestone for Microsoft after Windows 98 and Windows XP. Windows 7 features an unbeatable user interface, and powerful tools that makes it the best among the rest.

2012  Windows 8


Windows 8, to be released in the late 2012. The interface of Windows 8 as seen at the D9 Conference. A better version of Windows as proposed by Microsoft, with the changed User Interface.

Hope these screen shots has made you nostalgic and you have enjoyed.

Thanks and keep sharing your knowledge.

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Comments or Responses

Posted by: Vuyiswamb on: 11/21/2011 | Points: 25
Cool, you remind me of windows ME
Posted by: Poonamkalra on: 11/21/2011 | Points: 25
Interesting information. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Posted by: Arefin on: 11/25/2011 | Points: 25
Simply Awesome ! Thank you very much for sharing this.
Posted by: Dharanidhar on: 11/5/2012 | Points: 25
Awesome sir..

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