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A Visual History of Windows – Windows 1.0 through Windows 8 [Video]

Windows has come a long way since version 1.0 and now you can take a quick visual trip through desktop O.S. and server release history with this video from YouTube user compdude100.

Windows History (Windows 1.0 – Windows 8) [via Softpedia]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/8/13

Comments (13)

  1. Ray

    Nice video showing just how much things have changed over the years.

  2. NSDCars5

    0:57 Solitaire=Success. I’ll keep that in mind. :P
    2:21 Thanks to Win8, we don’t know the start menu today. (I’m not complaining). :P
    5:09 It’s still *almost*. :P
    5:55 Boy, are you a Win7 fanboy. :P
    6:17 The legendary date :P Will be a lengend till Win9. :P
    6:53 Exactly my point! :P
    7:09 *same as above*

  3. kavin

    Hello i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this article i thought i could also
    make comment due to this good post.

  4. ReadandShare

    Like the author, I like Win 7 the most, followed by Win XP. No need to upgrade at all unless or until I make the switch to ‘touch’ computing. By the time I do, hopefully it will be Win 9 or 10 — and made as stable/reliable as Win 7.

  5. Areeb

    Great vid.

  6. NM


    You can only go up in the world now!

  7. Sr. Wences

    Maybe I am being a little picky, but your skipped Windows/286 and Windows/386 – probably because most of the magic was in the memory handling.

    But to be thorough, they at least deserve a mention in the comments.

  8. A.D.

    Windows 95 – breakthrough ;
    Windows 98 – really bad ;
    Windows 98 SE – very good ;
    Windows 2000 – crappy ;
    Windows XP (since SP2) – the best ever up to its time ;
    Windows Vista – urrgh ! ;
    Windows 7 – really the best ;
    Windows 8 – Microsoft led astray; a pleading for Linux alternative! ;

    Given the alternation, I’m waiting for Windows 9 …

  9. BillB

    The ONLY Vindows that worked was W200 Enterprise and DOS, which is what all Vindows still is, but with fancy debris.

  10. Crispy

    I still have a copy of Windows 1.0 on 3.5 floppy. I’ve tried to load it up on an old machine but it had some trouble either with the size of the hard drive partition or the amount or RAM installed. I think I need an even older 286 or 386 machine with 640K RAM and small primary DOS partition.

  11. lizbit

    I miss windows 2000 it just kept on working and didn’t die

  12. catreece

    @ Sr. Wences,

    Agreed, but I wouldn’t be to hard on the video author – I’d all but forgotten about them myself!


  13. TalaPantas

    ah. a blast from the past. feels kinda nostalgic while remembering sleepless nights with solitaire in 95.

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