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Best Versions Of Windows Of All-time?  
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

I was wondering, if you would consider certain versions of Windows to be the best of all-time, what would they be?

I would say the three best versions (in no particular order) were 98, XP, and 7. These versions were refinements of previous versions of Windows (95, 2000, and Vista, respectively), fixing bugs and improving reliablity. Vista wasn't really that bad contrary to general perception, however, Windows 7 is much better. 2000 wasn't bad either, although there were a few issues with drivers as well as security, which XP corrected. Microsoft tried to further enhance Windows 98 with Windows Me, however, it was pushing the limits of DOS too far from what DOS can handle, which led to Windows Me's instablity.


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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7276 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2155 times:



 



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2037 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

XP, by far.

It will never be matched again by Microsoft. I won't be alone in this judgement.

I admit XP was kind of boring from the look-and-feel. But it was modest, and it never promised too much. Just the ideal tool for your office, and it did its job reliably.

I only toyed a little with 3.1, so I can't hand down a judgement. But I vaguely remember that inserting a picture into a Word document was    .

95 was a gread leap forward in regard to 3.1, but coming from a family that cherished Macs, I found that too much software was crashing. You want to save a document of a certain software, crash. Reopen the document, try to alter it, save again. Crash. I've had to recreate the document from scratch.

I've also got very little experience with 7, Vista or 98 so I leave it to somebody else to comment on those.  

But the best Microsoft operating system legally available today is... DOSBox  bouncy 

[Edited 2011-11-15 16:33:38]


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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3333 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):

I was wondering, if you would consider certain versions of Windows to be the best of all-time, what would they be?

I would say the best ones would be 95, XP and 7 because they were all the revolutionary versions of the OS as computers became more common.

95 was the first version that was really designed for the Internet age an plug and play capabilities. 98 and ME made efforts to improve on the features of Windows 95 often with expanding hardware capabilities that 95 couldn't support.

XP merged the NT interface of Windows NT and opened up the NTFS system to everyone outside of businesses where Windows 2000 was primarily used.

XP is still used on I think most computers today when even Windows 7 has been out for 2 years.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Vista wasn't really that bad contrary to general perception, however, Windows 7 is much better.

Vista is very good and after sp2 came out and reduced a lot of its junk and excessive security features it runs really well. I had always has Vista run faster than XP for me on the same PC.

I agree that 7 is better though because it is a lot leaner, I still like Vista's taskbar more though



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7345 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

As an IT tech working with Windows from 3.1 through 7 - Win 7 wins hands down.

As a user - I loved XP - but hated all the security holes.

It was and still is like never shredding any confidentical information - and placing it out on the sidewalk for anyone to pick-up.


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 3):
95 was the first version that was really designed for the Internet age an plug and play capabilities. 98 and ME made efforts to improve on the features of Windows 95 often with expanding hardware capabilities that 95 couldn't support.

95 truly was revolutionary, although it was a little buggy, which is why I prefer 98. However, Microsoft really screwed up with Windows Me by pushing the antiquated DOS platform too far.



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

My vote goes for XP. I don't think it crashed on me once. A few applications did, though, but it was due to issues with that software, not the OS. Windows ME was an absolute disaster. I had a laptop that ran it and it was basically just a brick until I put XP on it. That laptop (from 2000) runs better than it ever has in it's life.

Windows 95 was leaps and bounds above Windows 3.1. So much easier to get things done. Though it's memory is tarnished with all those "This program has performed an illegal operation...." messages. Who's the numbnut who thought that up?

I'm running Windows 7 on my current laptop that originally came with XP. I really didn't feel the need to upgrade but it did solve some system issues. It does have quirks, though, that I could live without. For example, it took some tweaking to get it to sort my photos by date rather than the random order it (the OS) decided they should be in. Sort by date in XP was blindingly simple.


User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2672 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

XP, 7, 98.

The stability and reliance of Windows XP was unmatched by any other version. Windows 7 is not behind XP, except that it's really a remake of what Vista should have been. But so far I haven't had a complaint with Windows 7. And of course, 98 which until its demise worked pretty good.



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User currently offlineairindia787 From United States of America, joined May 2011, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Windows 7 is much better and more reliable than XP in my opinion. It is also my opinion that people need to move on from XP and move on to 7, after all XP is 10 years old at this point. Of course this means that XP is very reliable and stable, but 7 is much more reliable and much faster (this also has to do with the computer I am using). 7 has not crashed on me once, and I did get a few BSODs with XP.

User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 7):
XP, 7, 98.

The stability and reliance of Windows XP was unmatched by any other version. Windows 7 is not behind XP, except that it's really a remake of what Vista should have been. But so far I haven't had a complaint with Windows 7. And of course, 98 which until its demise worked pretty good.

Well, XP was a refined version of Windows 2000 (not Windows Me, which was a completely different OS based on DOS instead of NT), however, 2000 was not available in a consumer version. There actually was supposed to be a consumer version of Windows 2000 (codenamed Neptune), however, that project got shelved, so Windows Me was released as a stopgap until XP was released.



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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 2927 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

XP was great, but I love Windows 7 as it is, but something tells me this is what Vista should have been, and I'm glad Vista didn't last too long before 7 came.

I can't wait for Windows 8, I like the start screen and a couple other features, so I'm hopeful!

-CXfirst



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2314 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

Windows 7 wins. Of course the newest version will always have the biggest chance of being the best. You must assume that the manufacturer learns from previous mistakes, so that a new version must be better. Vista was an exception though.

User currently offlinesteffenbn From Denmark, joined Apr 2010, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

Said short - W7!!!

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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1199 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Windows 7, by far.

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 4):
It was and still is like never shredding any confidentical information - and placing it out on the sidewalk for anyone to pick-up.

Let's not get too carried away with the analogies, now. Run metasploit against any fully-patched version of XP and let me know what you come up with. Firewall is enabled by default now, SP3 turned off autorun... sure, there are improvements in AD and group policy with Windows 7 to give finer control, and there are a few memory handling tweaks and other things to improve security in programs and processes, but I wouldn't say XP is like leaving information on the sidewalk for anybody to pick up.

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 10):
I can't wait for Windows 8, I like the start screen and a couple other features, so I'm hopeful!

   - I'm not looking forward to using a 24 inch phone.



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User currently offlineYokoTsuno From Singapore, joined Feb 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 2):
I only toyed a little with 3.1, so I can't hand down a judgement

Windows 1.0 to 3.11 were not OS but application programs, commonly known as Operation Environments. Like any other application these could not run without a real OS, which was DOS at the time. At the time there were more of such AE although most if them had much less functionality than Win 3.11. The first real OS from Microsoft was Windows 95.

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 6):
Windows 95 was leaps and bounds above Windows 3.1. So much easier to get things done. Though it's memory is tarnished with all those "This program has performed an illegal operation...." messages. Who's the numbnut who thought that up?

Believe me there are not many software developers who regret that Win95-based platforms are part of history. When Windows introduced NT (2000, XP and 7 use this architecture) many application developers got a life again. This OS introduced a concept called "protected memory" which in layman terms means that your application can't access memory that is used by the OS and can't access HW directly. For programmers to create BSOD and "This program has performed an illegal....." was suddenly a lot harder.  


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Quoting YokoTsuno (Reply 14):
The first real OS from Microsoft was Windows 95.

Well, technically Windows 95, 98, and Me still used DOS as their underlying architecture (MS-DOS 7.0 for Windows 95, MS-DOS 7.1 for Windows 95B/98/98SE, and MS-DOS 8.0 for Windows Me). However, those versions of DOS were not standalone releases, they were only available bundled with their respective Windows versions.



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7345 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 13):
I'm not looking forward to using a 24 inch phone

Certainly agree!!!

My grandson keeps asking why I won't put movies on my phone. I tell him I bought a 50" LED for movies, not a tiny danged phone.


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 4):
As a user - I loved XP - but hated all the security holes.

I know what you mean. I loved XP but my laptop got invaded by every bug out there.

Vista is awful.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2314 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 13):
- I'm not looking forward to using a 24 inch phone.

AFAIK, the tablet layout is just on top of a fully featured OS as you know it. That means you can change between the tablet layout and the classic desktop layout. So you will be able to have a fully featured PC in a tablet. IMO this will kill the iPad, unless Apple make a fully featured OS that is shared for the iPad and their computers as well.

[Edited 2011-11-16 08:20:38]

User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1199 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 18):
AFAIK, the tablet layout is just on top of a fully featured OS as you know it.

I'm actually writing this post from Windows 8. In its current state, the start menu isn't negotiable in Windows 8 - you are forced to use the tiles or whatever they are. Of course, there is a registry hack, but that is probably only because Windows 8 is really Windows 7 with new features at the moment, and those new features are enabled/disabled via the registry. I can't imagine corporate users will be enthralled by the full screen start menu, so hopefully there will be a way to turn that feature off - who knows.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 18):
this will kill the iPad

I've heard that so many times, I used to think things could kill the iPhone/iPad and I really hoped they did. Windows on a tablet won't, though - people are ok with buying new toys (in fact, they want to) and something simple and sexy like an iPad is irresistible to so many people.



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

XP was my personal favourite, and it's what I first properly learned how to use when I was a kid. I use Windows 7 now and while I like it, I can't say it's impacted my life like XP did.

My college (1500+ PCs over 3 campuses) still use XP, albeit in a heavily restricted form (no games, set installations of packages etc) and I'll miss it when it goes. They're considering 7, but the PCs will all need replacing - they are slow enough on XP, I highly doubt they'd run 7.


User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3396 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 5):

However, Microsoft really screwed up with Windows Me by pushing the antiquated DOS platform too far

  

Worst POS ever.

I really loved 3.1, and it still boots faster on my 486/100 than the newest Win7. I even used internet with Winsock on 3.1. Those were the days...

XP did well, too. I use Vista now. Honorable mention as 2nd worst ever.


User currently offlinesteffenbn From Denmark, joined Apr 2010, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 20):
they are slow enough on XP, I highly doubt they'd run 7.

Actually, in most cases, Windows 7 is running faster than XP!



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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1922 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Windows 7 works well for me. I've had very very few issues using it at work (Pro Engineer, Inventor, ANSYS, etc) and no problems at home. It has all the features that I think I would want and is visually pleasing.

User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Well just to stir thing up a bit, I'd have to say the best version would be a toss up between Windows ME & Windows Vista!   

-Tom


25 RayChuang : If you have a reasonably modern machine that supports X86-64 instructions and the motherboard chipset does the same, Windows 7 wins hands down. Unlike
26 type-rated : XP & 7. But the problem is that a ton of windows users lack the technical expertise to migrate their XP systems to 7. Microsoft did not include th
27 zippyjet : Knock on wood, I have to say Windows 7. I've never had that infamous blue screen of death! Vista wasn't bad. I had Win 98 and that was OK but I encoun
28 StarAC17 : Vista wasn't a bad OS, it was just resource heavy which was fixed with the service packs and Windows 7. In terms of stability it was not worse than X
29 Post contains images francoflier : Fixed that for you... Running XP and still going strong here.
30 Post contains images ajd1992 : The only problem is that obviously being a college with several campuses several kms apart, it's all server based, and all the programs are installed
31 Post contains images flyingturtle : Ouais, merci beaucoup mon ami
32 rfields5421 : I've worked through two bootstrap OS upgrades in a company with tens of thousands of PCs. Nope, not going to upgrade the OS on my personal PC(s). Nev
33 type-rated : I run a website and through Google Analytics I can see what OS the viewers are using to access my website. I will say that Win 7 became popular in a h
34 Goldenshield : MS's recommended procedure is to backup your docs, and then fresh install win 7 over XP, not upgrade. In fact, while the upgrade CD was meant to over
35 rottenray : The winner is WinXP Pro, Enterprise Edition, SP1, Build 2600. 9 years running this, with no problems. I can count on 1 hand the number of times my sy
36 hOmSaR : I use Vista (and I'm not bald). I think I may be one of ten people in the world who actually likes Vista. Back when Windows 7 was being tested, I ins
37 Ken777 : I only went from 3.1 through XP before I went to OS X. I actually liked 3.1 because that's what my clients were using long after 95 came out. I did us
38 StarAC17 : It's never a wise idea to upgrade a version of Windows, especially with driver compatibility issues and software simply not working after the upgrade
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