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Windows 7: Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?

02 Oct 2014   #1
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?

Seemingly everyone on the Net has a theory as to why Microsoft skipped the name "Windows 9" and jumped to 10. Here's one explanation that actually makes sense.

Source: Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10? - CNET


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02 Oct 2014   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I saw that on another forum and totally cracked up. I doubt the veracity of it but it does make more sense than M$'s silly explanation.
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02 Oct 2014   #3
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Maybe it's because it's rumored MS said they would give out Win 9 for free & this way they don't have to.

Well, this might throw a wrench into the "Windows OS versions are like Star Trek Movies" theory. (Every other one sucks). Or it might not, we'll see....
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02 Oct 2014   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Seemingly everyone on the Net has a theory as to why Microsoft skipped the name "Windows 9" and jumped to 10. Here's one explanation that actually makes sense.

Source: Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10? - CNET
It is possible.
As far as I can tell "Windows 10" is not found anywhere in the registry but there is reason to believe it will in the final version. "Windows Technical Preview" is found where the the version is usually identified. This has never been a legitimate way for an application to check Windows version but applications have been known to do worse. And some of them have become very popular.
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02 Oct 2014   #5
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

The kernel version is 6.4, that's why I think they did.
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02 Oct 2014   #6
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Actually I would suggest that the code issue is the real reason. Way before Windows 7, 95,98,98 SE and ME were collectively called Windows 9.x and when you install programs the scripts actually check the version of Windows they are installing on to install to the correct places in the OS.9.x does not have program data. The start menu is now in a different place. I could see plenty of issues with old programs that still work today on XP and a above completely falling over when installed in the Windows 95 to ME locations. To me it makes perfect sense and also good marketing.
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05 Oct 2014   #7
MrNeeds

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Microsoft logic.

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06 Oct 2014   #8
Iforgot

Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
The kernel version is 6.4, that's why I think they did.

NT > kernel version 4
XP > kernel version 5
Vista > kernel version 6 sp 1 6.1
WIN7 > kernel version 6.2
WIN8 > kernel version 6.3
WIN9 >
WIN10 > kernel version 6.4

Major kernel upgrades ????
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06 Oct 2014   #9
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

These aren't just kernel versions but the Windows version numbers as seen by applications. In Windows 10 6 is the major version and 4 is the minor version. Don't try to read too much into the numbers. The reason why Microsoft has avoided changing the major version number is because they have learned from experience that this causes compatibility problems. Many applications erroneously test for specific major version numbers and fail if it differs from what is expected.
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06 Oct 2014   #10
Iforgot

Win7 64
 
 

It would also be a re-write of the code.
Instead of just cleaning the code up.

and changes to the Gui.
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