Quote: Originally Posted by H2SO4
I'd argue that the OS we know as "Windows 7" had its roots in NT 3.1 back in 1993. The Windows-on-DOS stuff, including Win 1.0, 2.0, 3.x, WfW, and Win9X was all a separate OS line. They just looked similar to NT. Sometimes.
I eagerly await ChuckR's contribution
Windows back then
was a GUI, as far as I ever knew, until NT arrived.
Everything prior to NT, was the GUI stuff over DOS. So you hit it, right on the head,
I installed 3.0, but never actually used it for anything.
Just a Solitaire game or 2, (or 10) after I got my 'real work' done with DOS, OS/2, or Linux...
Windows as a real
'operating system', started with David Cutler and NT
, after MS kissed off their OS/2 responsibilities...
Then IBM made OS/2 work right. But... didn't want to advertise it, sell it, or promote it in any way.
(Sort of: it was there
, if you wanted it for some reason...)
Like today, all computers were pre-loaded
with Windows and there were no other options. Period.
If you used
something different, that "voided your warranty"....
Here, let someone else give you their opinion:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIq0ukqUJSk"]YouTube - Bill Bates promoting IBM OS/2[/ame] Going back a few more years:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iwIN8E94VQ"]YouTube - Birth of the Microsoft DOS[/ame]