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Iterative upgrade experiment reveals intriguing overlooked details about what is preserved and what isn't
An enterprising UK IT user who goes by "The Rasteri" on YouTube has completed an incredible "experiment" [video], in which he installed every major version of Windows, upgrading, in order of their release, inside a virtual machine.
He describes in the video, "It is hoped that this will shed light on how the Windows upgrade process has changed over the years."
For his testbed he used a machine running VMWare. He says he selected VMWare based on its snapshot and video recording capabilities. Also, importantly, VMWare offered full support for all legacy Windows operating systems.
I. Early Windows -- a Slow Evolution
To start, he installed MS-DOS 5.0 on the virtual machine, as most early versions of Windows required it as a starting point for installation. He describes, "Installation was surprisingly easy for an operating system of this age. It even partitioned and formatted the hard drive."
System Manufacturer/Model Number Macbook Pro 15" (2011) (Matte Version) OS Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7 CPU Intel Core i7 2820QM 2.3GHz (Quad-Core) Motherboard N/A Memory 8GB 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 6750M (1GB, GDDR5) Sound Card N/A Monitor(s) Displays 1 Display Screen Resolution 1,680 x 1050 (Matte Screen, Anti-Glare)
Keyboard Apple Wireless Keyboard Mouse Apple Wireless Magic Mouse PSU N/A Case N/A Cooling N/A Hard Drives 750GB SATA (5400 rpm)
WD My Passport Essential 1TB Portable Hard Drive Internet Speed Max - 2.2MB/sec; DSL provided by Telecom NZ Other Info MS Office Professional 2010
McAfee Total Protection 2011
On a Laptop Stand (Hand-Built)
Thank you this is very interesting
Now I would be interested to see it done with computers instead of vmware to see the stages where hardware must be changed, and how easy/hard it would have been to backup and reinstall the early OS's
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Keyboard Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 Mouse Hama M3110 / Logitech M305 PSU Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 750W Case Antec 300 Cooling Noctua NH-U12P SE2 and 5 120mm Case fans Hard Drives 2 x OCZ Vertex2 111.79GB
3 x Samsung103SJ
1 x Samsung103UJ
1 x WD3200BEVT
1 x Hitachi5K320-160 Internet Speed 16000 Other Info I have also used Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu Linux
And all other Windows from 95 to date except ME
A good website for windows upgrades Upgrade windows 7 to 8: This is what is on the Microsoft website
Windows 8 Pro Upgrade - Student Offer Student price £49.99 incl. VAT
Windows 8 Pro N Upgrade - Student Offer Student price £49.99 incl. VAT
This has the letter N which must stand for something but the description is the same...
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