Windows turns 35


Thread Starter
Jul 8, 2003
The PC revolution started off life 35 years ago this week. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today. While Windows 10 doesn’t look anything like Windows 1.0, it still has many of its original fundamentals like scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and apps like Notepad and MS paint.


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May 12, 2002
I started my computer revolution in August 1997 with Windows 95 OSR2 :(
In my opinion, the best advance made was in October 2001 with the release of Windows XP :)

Johnny b

Nov 6, 2016
My very first experience with a computer was in the mid 1970's in auto repair.

But my first PC was bought in January 2000, which had Win98se.
My next new PC with XP sp3 was a big improvement.

I gave my XP computer to my sister, several years ago, to run several scientific programs that won't run on 7 or 10.
It still has the original Acer factory install on the original hard drive.
SMART data shows 31K hours on the hard drive and no recorded issues.
It dual boots a Linux distro from a flash drive, also.
Today I updated the Linux distro and installed a couple apps into XP.
The Linux distro is used for Internet connectivity, XP being too old and not secure enough, is only used to run her scientific apps.

I think it's about 16 or 17 years old
It still runs with no glitches, hardware or software.
And boots just about as quick as I remember when new.

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