That's Windows NT 3.1. Interested, but everyone was in my world.Windows NT 3 - At the time I was not that interested, but that would change.
I had a version of the NT4 GUI on 3.51 for a while (IIRC it had issues so I took it off again though)
For me one significant moment was MS pulling their finger out and delivering Wolverine (what you had to do before that with 3rd party stuff was a bit of a pain).
Apart from a deployment job (the week before 95 release using a genuine "gold" CD) I managed to avoid Windows 9x in favour of NT family.
PS: I miss the Easter Eggs.
Here's a Windows related OS of old that hasn't come up yet - Novell Netware. The "2003 Server" of the Windows 3.1 era. Came across it on work experience. The NM I was work shadowing sat me down in front of a NT4 server box (NT4 had only just been released) and ask me to try and work out how to set up a Windows network to eventually replace Netware because he couldn't work it out. To be fair I was extremely green and could barely work out how to boot it up
I loved the Windows NT 4.0 Workstation login sound!!!
I think it's always easy to look back and say "version X was rubbish; version X+1 was way better" but (normally!) we don't move through time like that - we start with version X, use it and find that it was better than version X-1. Eventually, X+1 comes along and we wonder why we ever put up with X, let alone X-1
There are exceptions and, sadly, Vista was one of those. It brought loads of good ideas but most of them weren't visible to most users (things like the huge number of group policy settings are completely irrelevant to a home user; the much better tablet support is seen by a tiny number of users; better power management doesn't matter if you use a desktop and so on). What they actually saw was an OS that ran abysmally slowly on hardware that was excellent with XP and kept prompting them whenever they made system changes (even though that behaviour is very similar to Mac OS which most people think is the bestest, shiniest OS ever :-))
Funny this thread should come up.
I found this at the back of a cupboard we were clearing out the other day;
Which I then promptly installed onto a virtual machine, anyone remember this . . . .
I also still have stored up in my loft Widows 3.1 and 3.11 on floppy discs, along with loads of old programs like Micrografx Draw, Word 2, Excel 4, Powerpoint 3 etc. and about 6 different version of DOS.
The first network I managed was a Viglen one based on NT4 server, which was amazingly stable really, soo migrated onto a Server 2003 based network thou. We still have some servers running server 2000 on our system, although not for much longer!
My first experience of Windows was 3.1. I remember somehow making Program Manager think it was called Paintpot or something like that......anyway, i broke it! I must have been about 9 or 10. I remember how amazed i was by 95.
I used 2000 for a long time. That was only out for a year or so before XP came out i think....
Those were the days!
For comparison here is a Linux distribution timeline: Linux Timeline Included here for comparison [Windows and Windows vs Apple included in earlier posts to this thread]
Or how about a timleline showing greater detail showing relationships/comparing timelines for Unix, versions of Linux and Mac: Link
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My first Windows OS was Windows ME couldn't go 3 hours without blue screening. but wasn't funny at the time.
Windows ME Spec
Minimum system specifications
Processor: Pentium 150MHz
Hard drive space: 320MB
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