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#1 phawgg


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Posted 13 September 2004 - 09:41 PM

I'd like to settle in my mind exactly how the Microsoft OS products have progressed. I don't know where a definitive list is. (I expect Microsoft to know, but where?)

Seems to me the history has gone something like this:
  • Microsoft 3.1 (the start?)
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98 (and se?)
  • Windows 2000 (is this also called ME or 2K?)
  • Windows NT
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Server ? (where does this fit in)
A plain language, brief description of the differences that distinguish each would be helpful. :thumbsup:

Seems to me the future holds the promise of Longhorn. A 64-bit OS also?
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Posted 13 September 2004 - 09:57 PM

The order maybe be slightly off on the servers, but its close enough.
  • MSDOS - Diskless operating system.. The first

  • Windows 3.0 - Putting a gui interface on to DOS

  • Windows 3.1 - Fixing bugs in 3.0

  • Windows for Worgroups 3.11 - Added networking support

  • Windows NT 3.5 - Their server OS

  • Windows NT 3.51 - Update to their server(like xp sp 2)

  • Windows 95 - Their first attempt at a multitasking operating system

  • Windows 98 - Their second attempt

  • Windows 2000 - Decent server operating system. IIS is now becoming popular.

  • Windows 98 SE - Probably their best of all microsoft OS to this time (including ME which was horrible)

  • Windows ME - They needed to put something out before XP came out.

  • Windows XP - Latest and greatest desktop OS from microsoft.

  • Windows 2003 - The latest and greatest of their server platform
I know your looking for more, but its too much for one post.

#3 TexasAngel67


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Posted 14 September 2004 - 10:34 AM

Much thanks to Phawgg for asking a question I have long wondered about and to Grinler for providing the answer. That bothered me for so long but now I can rest easy once again.
I do have a question that I hope won't get tagged with "Off Topic".
Why does everyone hate ME so much?


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Posted 14 September 2004 - 12:07 PM

Would like to throw in something re this subject. Microsoft came out with WIN95 it was bad--no-good. But they didn't want to pull it back and reissue it fixed in 96. So, they quickly put out 2 major fixes-- A & B and people were supposed upgrade the original etc. Something like todays SPs.
Anway, I worked for an ISP about 5 years later. A caller wanted help with his newly acquired machine that had WIN 95--everything he told me did not jive with my information on WIN 95--He was telling me about windows I had never seen. To sum up: he had gotten it out of his Uncles garage who died in Sept 95. The Win 95 was certainly pure WIN 95 (unfixed)--probably the only pure WIN 95 in existance at that time. I had a very hard night at the office to be sure!

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Posted 16 September 2004 - 04:00 PM

I found some dates for the home versions.

Windows 95 (retail/SP1)-7/11/95

Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2-8/24/96

Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2.1-8/27/97

Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2.5-11/18/97

Windows 98 (original)-5/11/98

Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)-4/23/99

Windows Millennium Edition (ME)-6/8/2000

Windows XP-8/23/2001
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#6 phawgg


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Posted 16 September 2004 - 04:04 PM

Thanks for the replies :thumbsup: that clears it up for me!
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