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Windows 7: 18 years of Windows evolution...

09 Feb 2010   #1
Kari

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18 years of Windows evolution...

Got finally Windows 3.1 installed on a VirtualBox virtual machine, could not get it to work properly on Windows Virtual PC. It hijacked the CPU, making host machine totally unresponsive but luckily it runs just fine on VirtualBox.

Here's a screenshot of that IMO first "modern" Windows, published on March 1992:

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And then Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista running (quite) smoothly at the same time:

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Sometimes it's fun just to play!

Kari


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09 Feb 2010   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

I notice the Windows flag starts of in motion, and ending in a stationary position...well it sort of morphed to being in W7.
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09 Feb 2010   #3
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Aren't computers interesting. You can do all kinds of neat things with them. It have to be fun getting all the old Windows versions running. Never tried Win 3.xx, albeit have gotten from 95 to present including all the NT version.

Good Work Keri. . .
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09 Feb 2010   #4
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

You skipped over NT

That's ok I remember it well.
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09 Feb 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

That is really cool. You opened up some memories for me. I got quite proficient with Win 3.1 and 3.2 and created some really good DOS batch files. In fact the base I was on adopted my menu batch files base wide.

I like 3.1 so much, I never installed 95. I went to 98 when it came out. I also skipped ME and went to XP.
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09 Feb 2010   #6
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Kari, have you tried to find a working version of Central Point Software Tools for Win 3.xx. It was one of my favorite tools for 3.xx. It had an excellent Windows customization application included. Called my brother in-law the other day to see if he still had his copy, darn he through out of his 3.xx applications a couple of months ago. Guess I'll have to try old windows sites; also looking for a copy of MS Office 4.3.

Hi Carl S (Old Soldier), and say hello to Lee (Old Sailor)
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09 Feb 2010   #7
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Heh CPS tools rocked

I loved 95 when it came out, preemptive multitasking and memory protection were MAJOR improvements, took Apple YEARS to get them and only by switching to an entirely different OS core that they didn't weven write.

But there were a lot of CPS tools features that I sorely missed in the switchover.
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09 Feb 2010   #8
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
Kari, have you tried to find a working version of Central Point Software Tools for Win 3.xx. It was one of my favorite tools for 3.xx. It had an excellent Windows customization application included. Called my brother in-law the other day to see if he still had his copy, darn he through out of his 3.xx applications a couple of months ago. Guess I'll have to try old windows sites; also looking for a copy of MS Office 4.3.

Hi Carl S (Old Soldier), and say hello to Lee (Old Sailor)
Hi Lee; thank you for your service!
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09 Feb 2010   #9
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
Kari, have you tried to find a working version of Central Point Software Tools for Win 3.xx. It was one of my favorite tools for 3.xx. It had an excellent Windows customization application included. Called my brother in-law the other day to see if he still had his copy, darn he through out of his 3.xx applications a couple of months ago. Guess I'll have to try old windows sites; also looking for a copy of MS Office 4.3.

Hi Carl S (Old Soldier), and say hello to Lee (Old Sailor)
Here it is, running. Incredible nostalgic feeling to play with it! This version I found is a bit comical: it is fully English, except menus are in Spanish!

Kari

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09 Feb 2010   #10
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Cute little desktop icons! I wonder if they're available
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