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By:Victor Ordonez

CHARACTERISTICS OF DIFFERENENT WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS

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Windows 1

  • Released on November 20th, 1985
  • Was the first GUI based operating system released by Microsoft
  • It was built on top of MS-DOS it could only tile its windows they did not overlap
  • Different versions of Windows 1 were released
  • Windows 1.02 was released in May 1986. It was an international release
  • Windows 1.03 was released in August of 1986. It was an international release that provide enhancements and included drivers for European keyboards.
  • Windows 1.04 was released in April 1987. This version added support to IBM PS/2 computers. It did not include support for the PS/2 mice or VGA graphics modes

Windows 2

  • Windows 2.0 was released in December 1987
  • It featured many improvements to users interface and memory management
  • Windows 2.0 introduced better and more sophisticated keyboard shortcuts.
  • Windows 2.1 was released in two versions
  • Windows/286 ran both on Intel 8086 and Intel 80286 processors
  • Windows/386 used the virtual mode of 8086 of the Intel processor 8086 to multitask DOS programs.
  • Windows version 2.03 changed the OS from tiled windows to overlapping windows

Windows 3

  • Was released on May 22, 1990
  • It was Microsoft first successful version of Windows
  • It included the game Solitaire and Minesweeper
  • It had a more improved user interface and had numerous technical improvements.
  • Programs like program manager, file manager, and print manager were introduced in Windows 3
  • Windows NT was released on July 27,1993.
  • Windows NT was platform that supported high end engineering and scientific programs.

Windows 95

  • Windows 95 was released on August 24th, 1995
  • Microsoft sold 7 million copies in the first five weeks
  • It is available in 12 languages
  • Windows 95 introduced for the first time the Start Menu, task bar, minimize and maximize, and close buttons on each window
  • Windows 95 had built in internet support, dial up networking, and new plug and play capabilities to make it to install and uninstall drivers.
  • The 32 bit version offered enhanced multimedia capabilities
  • Better and more powerful features for mobile computing and networking were introduced

Windows 98

  • Was released on June 25,1998
  • It was the first version designed for consumers
  • Consumers on Windows 98 could find information more easily on the internet.
  • Consumers had the ability to open and close programs more efficiently and quickly
  • It also supported the reading of DVD discs and USB devices
  • It also introduced the first appearance of Quick Launch bar
  • Quick Launch Bar allowed you to run programs without having to browse the start menu or look for them on your desktop

Windows XP

  • Was released on October 25,2001
  • It had redesigned look
  • It was built around the usability and a unified Help and Support service center
  • It is available in 25 languages.
  • It was fast and stable
  • Navigating the start menu, task bar, and Control panel were more complex
  • The OS was more aware of computer viruses
  • Windows XP home edition offered a simplified design
  • It offered enhancements like Network Setup Wizard, Windows Media Player, Windows Movie maker, and digital photo capabilities.
  • Windows XP professional brought the solid foundation of Windows 2000 for desktops
  • It had enhanced improvements in security and performance
  • It included feature for business and home computing
  • It included remote desktop support, and encrypting file system, and system restore and advanced networking features.
  • Several editions were released
  • Windows XP 64 bit edition was the first one designed for 64 bit processore with large amounts of memory, engineering and scientifcic programs.
  • Windows XP media center edition was made for home to enjoy watching DVDs, listen to music, and browse the internet

Windows Vista

  • On January 3rd, 2007 Windows Vista was released worldwide
  • Design on Windows Vista was enhanced greatly
  • It included an updated graphical user interface
  • Features like the task bar and borders around the windows got a new look
  • It also introduced a new search window known as Windows Search
  • Microsoft also resigned networking, audio, print and display systems, and new multimedia tools which including Windows DVD maker
  • Microsoft for Windows Vista intended to improve its security as previous OS were vulnerable to malware and security breaches
  • User account control helped prevented potential harmful software
  • It received criticism for its high system requirements in order to operate

Windows 7

  • Was released on October 22nd, 2009
  • It introduced new feature to make the users experience more enjoyable
  • It introduced things like snap, peek, and shake which improved the users functionality
  • It had a redesigned task bar
  • They introduced libraries for document, pictures, videos, and etc
  • They also introduced Home group which allowed for easy sharing of files and printer among computer on a home network
  • It was available in six different editions (starter, Home basic Home premium professional, enterprise, ultimate
  • The starter edition was designed for netbooks
  • Home basic was sold in only emerging markets
  • Home premium was a consumer edition
  • Ultimate had every feature enabled for Windows
  • Professional was used created for the workplace
  • Enterprise was sold only through volume licenses. It was designed for large organizations

Windows 8

  • Was released on October 26th, 2012
  • It recreated the operating system from the user experience and interface
  • Windows 8 featured a new redesigned start screen
  • It featured tiles that connected to files, apps, and websites
  • Apps were now front and center for the user
  • Their was also a new way to access apps. The windows store was built right into the start screen
  • It also came with a built in version of Microsoft office optimized for touchscreens

Windows 10

  • Was released to the public on July 29, 2015
  • For the first time Windows allowed you to upgrade to the new OS for free
  • This OS delivered an upgraded Windows interface
  • Windows 10 also introduced the first digital personal assistant from Microsoft known as Cortana
  • Cortana learns from behaviors and preferences of the user to optimize their experince
  • Windows 10 also introduced their own web browser know as Microsoft edge
  • New security features are introduced in Windows 10
  • People could sign in with face recognition or with their fingerprint
Windows History (Windows 1.0 - Windows 8)

A Preventive maintence plan to keep your computer safe

The term preventive maintenance means regularly performed tasks done on your computers hardware to prevent it from failing or stop working unexpectedly in the future


Here are some few ways you can prevent your hardware from damage


  • Update your anti virus as frequently possible
  • Make sure your backup your hard drives frequently
  • You should also scan your computer for viruses
  • Be sure to also update your firmware
  • Frequently update your applications downloaded on your computer
  • Check your hard drives for disk error readings
  • Clean your computer when you feel its been a while since you cleaned it
How To Schedule Preventative Maintenance

Simple ways to get your Preventive Maintenance plan working.