Windows 7 Introducing Windows 7


Better than "VISTA" IMHO...... Windows Seven would have been better from a marketing perspective....

Hardly matters what they call it though.... :)


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Windows 7

As I understand, the naming goes in order.....

Windows 1 (What was 1 anyway? A punch card) ?

Windows 2

Windows 3

Windows NT 4.0 is 4

Windows XP is 5

(How does Windows 2000 fit in? Isn't between 5 and 6 ? Why don't they call it Windows 8) ?

Windows Vista is 6

Windows 7

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I agree with it really makes no difference what they call it as long as they deliver something good


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Well, there are a few views around as to how it got to "7". This is mine!

1. 3.1
2. 3.5, 3.51 (minor update)
3. 4.0
4. 5.0 (2000)
5. 5.1 (XP)/5.2 (Server 03) <- group them together, one client, one server version, just numbered differently
6. 6.0 (Vista)
7. 7.0 (7)
Hey take it easy on us old uns, Celestra. I was a "1" user. But before that, I don't know why they were left out of the numbering system, there was Windows version1, and two versions of Windows 2. There was also a 2.1 computer specific release, for the 286 and 386.Then quickly came Windows 3.0, a bit of a "millenium" release. I used them all and up until 3.1 was seriously considering changing to a Mac.

i'm obviously fairly young then because the first windows release i remember using was Windows 3.11 for Workgroups. and before that I had an Amstrad CPC-464. Oh the glory days are behind us!


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Yes. My first was a ZX80, built from a kit. Next came the Commodore. I then experimented for a very brief time with an Apple A and moved on, before the PC came out, to a Sinclair 128. Must admit though, whilst at the time Bill gates was a very interesting and exciting youngster, we were all happy bashing MSdos or even digital research dos (cp/m). Windows was something to look at and play with but hopeless to use.


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THe days of the zx81 seem so long ago but it's what,... 25yrs?


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1. Windows 1.01
2. Windows 2.0, 2.1x
3. Windows 3.1, 3.5, 3.51
4. Windows 95, 95b, 98, 98SE, ME
5. 5.0 (2000)/ 5.1 (XP)/ 5.2 (Server 03)
6. 6.0 (Vista)
7. 7.0 (7) [Even though the version number is 6.1.X right now)

That's how it goes.
Some people were close.

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