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Windows 7: upgrading to Windows 10 Tech Preview

19 Nov 2014   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

What I'm looking for is the joy I felt when XP replaced ME and when 2000 took over from NT
Just curious, which version of NT? I never used 3.51 [or earlier] but WinNT 4.0 Workstation was quite good in its day. A 'plug' with Win2000 was that it was built on WinNT4, may have been seen with WinXP.

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19 Nov 2014   #22

Win 7 64 Enterprise
Nt 3.51

Worked with NT 3.51 between 1997 and 2000 when I came to Win 2000 Server.

In '97 I needed to install a printer into 3.51 running under Novell. Having failed miserably we employed a contractor at 200 a day (a fortune then) with all the MS certs to do it for us. That's when I learnt an MS cert is not all it's wrapped up to be. After 2 days and still failing the contractor left taking 400 with him. But, having watched him fail I tried again. After following some 30 or was it 33 steps (that's where my return frustration set in) I finally got the printer installed. We never got our 400 quid back!

Then, 2000 lit up my eyes. It was so easy after 3.51 that for weeks I was convinced I must be doing something wrong as nothing seemed difficult.
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19 Nov 2014   #23

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Windows 2000 was indeed a great OS, one that is often underrated. I came to Windows 2000 from Windows 98 and used it as my primary OS from 2000-2008. It combined the best features of Windows 98 and NT 4 and added a few of it's own. NT 4 was very stable for it's day but had little in the way of the user conveniences we now take for granted, such as Plug and Play. My Windows 98 installation was reasonably stable but Windows 2000 was far superior, even before SP 1 was released.

Server editions of Windows 2000 introduced Active Directory domains which were far superior to NT 4 domains and for the first time were real competition to Novell.

But Windows 2000 was never really intended for the consumer market, and was priced accordingly. It was soon overtaken by XP and the rest is history.
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