Windows Operating Systems

by: Emmanuel Point Du Jour

what is windows operating systems

Microsoft introduced an operating system named Windows on November 20, 1985, as a

response to the growing number of graphical user interfaces or GUIs. Microsoft created a software to better navigate and control different parts of the hardware in the computer.to sum it up microsoft windows operating system was developed to run on personal compters and was the first to feature a graphical user interface or (GUI).

How many operating systems has Microsoft made

there are a total of 13 different versions of windows spanning from windows 1.0 in 1985 to our current version windows 10.each and every one of the operating systems has there own capabilities and improvements fro its predecessor. each and every upgrade had a new feature that would prove to be useful to the users in many ways

welcome to windows operating system 1.0

Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, as the first version of

the Microsoft windows line. this was really the first time the public ever saw something quite like this, so they were very interested which lead to massive profits. windows 1.0 ran a graphical , 16-bit multitasking shell on top of an existing Ms-DOS installation allowing an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software. windows 1.0 was very limited which lead applications have to go to the bare hardware or sometimes just to the BIOS to get work done.on the other hand it did provide programs such as calculator,calendar,clipboard,notepad,paint,and write. so as you can imagine it was very useful to people in 1985.

Windows 2.0

windows 2.0 was released on December 9, and it was the successor to windows windows 2.0 was faster and much more stable and introduced many new features such as the control panel and ran the first versions of EXCEL and WORD. Windows 2.0 allowed application windows to overlap each other unlike its predecessor windows1.0 which could display only one window at a time. windows 2.0 also included features such as minimize and maximize which was different to windows 1.0 "iconize" and "Zoom".new features also included VGA graphics with 16 colors and it was the first version of windows that did not require a hard disk drive which lead to improved stability and reliability.this was very important because computers now started becoming a part of daily life for some workers.

windows 3.0

Windows 3.0 was highly successful upon initial release on May 22, 1990. The system supported 16 colors, and with this adaptation the interface began to resemble more closely the versions of the future. the system was faster and included games such as solitaire minesweeper and hearts. windows 3.0 also had technical improvements to make better use of the memory management of intel processors. the new OS included a number of applications such as notepad, word processor write, and a paint brush program. this version of Microsoft was so popular that they release a windows 3.1 as a sub-release that included true type and peer to peer networking.

windows 95

It was released on August 24, 1995, and it Was a huge sales success, Microsoft’s breakthrough system and one that introduced huge numbers of people around the world to computers and the Internet. It also brought more colors, enhanced multimedia capabilities and network support. Direct X began to make Windows gaming possible for more demanding games. Windows 95 introduced numerous functions and features that were featured in later Windows versions, such as the task bar, the 'Start' button, and the way the user navigates.it was definitely a huge step up from windows 3.0 and would be used as a model for future of windows os.

windows 98

windows 98 was May 15, 1998 and to retail on June 25, 1998.Windows 98 improved speed and plug-and-play hardware support.Towards the end, however, the system was increasingly troubled by malware, a trend that has grown in late stages of life Windows systems.windows 98 included internet explorer 4.0 as the Internet browser that gives you a lot more new features such as channels, search window in the same window as your web page window, easier interface, and faster access.the os also supported new generation hard ware such as USBs and DVDs.

windows 2000 and ME

windows 2000 was released to manufacturing on December 15, 1999 and launched to retail on February 17, 2000. windows ME was commonly accepted as the worst-to-date version of Windows.However, in the same year the professional software windows 2000 was released. This much more robust and updated software, based on Windows NT, provided a comparatively stable environment.

windows XP

windows XP was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, and generally released for retail sale on October 25, 2001.with this new operating system brought a new visual appearance, with an increased use of liquid Crystal displays. XP was also the end of gaming in DOS, for all intents and purposes. with the feature of direct x 3D gaming was available as oppose to the openGL which had trouble keeping up with at times.As it turned out, Windows XP was one of the most popular versions.Future versions of Windows would be compared to XP for gaming performance for some time

Windows vista

windows vista was released for retail on 22 October 2009.windows vista was very hyped before its release and its spent a long time on developmental on computer resources on appearance.however windows vista had many flaws such as Licensing rights which made user control of internal workings became less accessible. Vista’s flaws coupled with the fact that many older computers lacked the resources to run the system led to many home and business users staying with XP rather than updating.

windows 7

Windows was released on on 22 October 2009.In comparison to Windows Vista, Windows 7 was greatly praised by critics, who considered the operating system to be a major improvement over its predecessor due to its increased performance, its much more navigatible interface, fewer User Account Control popups, and other improvements made across the platform. Windows 7 had the visuals of Vista with better start up and program speed. It was easier on memory and more reliable.Windows 7 had faster boot times, new user interfaces and the addition of Internet Explorer 8. Windows 7 became the most used operating system on the Internet and also the most used for PC gaming.

windows 8

windows 8 was released on 26 October 2012.Windows 8 was released with a number of enhancements such as multi core processing, solid state drives, touch screens and much more. However users found it awkward, like switching between an interface made for a touch screen and one made for a mouse. also windows 8 had many bug problems and was known to freeze and shut down periodically. Generally Windows 7 retained market leadership because of its ui and stability.

Wwindows 10

our latest operating system was released on July 29, 2015.this version has many improvements compared to windows 8. new features include A responsive design feature called Continuum adapts the interface depending on whether the touch screen or keyboard and mouse are being used for input.New features like an on-screen back button simplify touch input.however privicy concerns were also voiced by critics and advocates, as the operating system's default settings and certain features require the transmission of user data to Microsoft or its partners. the os proved very useful to have a consistent interface across user devices including PCs, laptops, phones and tablets.

operating systems that were a turning point

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Note:(preventive maintenance plan)when installing a new operating system

It is imperative that when you are installing a new windows operating system that you have some sort of back up plan if things don"t quite work out. on thing you can do is back up all the data on your hard drive.this is a helpful because operating systems are very big files and can sometimes encounter issues while being installed.if the had drive happens to crash that you can lose all of your important data you had stores on your hard drive. Another preventive maintenance plan is to set a restore point on your just before you download the new os. this is important because if your computer decides to glitch during the installation and you lose all of your data the computer will restart and go back to the restore point where it was last functional. however this feature is risky because all the data you downloaded after the restore point will be lost.

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operating systems

i like windows operating systems because they are compatible with many brnds of computers