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View Poll Results: Best Version of Windows?
Windows 7 21 42.86%
Windows Vista 4 8.16%
Windows XP 23 46.94%
Windows Millenium Edition (Me) 1 2.04%
Windows 2000 9 18.37%
Windows 98 2 4.08%
Windows NT 4.0 1 2.04%
Windows 95 1 2.04%
Windows NT 3.x 1 2.04%
Windows 3.x/WFWG 3.x 3 6.12%
Windows 2.x 1 2.04%
Windows 1.x 2 4.08%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-27-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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With Windows 7 out now and getting generally positive reviews, I thought it would be interesting to see what C-D considers the best Windows thus far...

I know there are actually several more releases of Windows out there, and probably hundreds of versions within each release, but I only included the big name client editions. No server, mobile, embedded, etc. releases. Windows 1.x/2.x and NT 3.x are only included as a novelty....I realize no one really used those (and most people have never even heard of them), although maybe we actually have some folks here who loved them?? In any case, this is a very nerdy opportunity to reminisce

As a side question, which Windows do you think was the worst??

IMO, Windows 2000 has been my personal favorite so far. It is rock solid stable, will run well on minimal hardware specs and does almost everything XP will do. That said, there are some compatibility issues with newer software now almost a decade after it's release (the newest versions of IE and Firefox require XP) but in it's prime I think it was the absolute best. XP is a very close second, however - and much better suited for the majority of PC users. I still use XP on my main computer and don't plan on upgrading for at least a few years.

The worst was Windows Millenium Edition - total nightmare. Vista had similar problems when first released, but they had mostly straightened it out by SP1. The only versions I haven't used (on this list) are Windows 7, 1.x and 2.x

If you need a refresher, this website has a really cool screenshot gallery of every Windows plus several other operating systems.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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Windows 3.1!!!

No, my personal opinion is, if you have a modern higher end machine, with better than a basic pentium dual core and with at least a few gigs of ram, then Windows 7. Otherwise, XP. And if your computer can't even run XP, then it's about time for a new one.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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With Windows 7 out now and getting generally positive reviews, I thought it would be interesting to see what C-D considers the best Windows thus far....

I heard that W7 does not have a control panel and does not have a "run" feature. These are two things that I use A LOT.

Recently, I bought a Vista machine. It is not much different than XP once you take all the "security" features off. LOL

Still, XP was the best Windows OS thus far, IMHO.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:09 PM
 
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I was a long time die hard XP fan, but I voted for 7. 7 just runs stuff better, from wireless to scanning large images into Photoshop, and on the same hardware that didn't perform as well with XP installed.

Perhaps M$ needed the bloody nose the got with Vista, and 7 is a much better product because Vista literally sucked. It sucked up system resources like a brand new hoover, and performed much worse than XP.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:21 PM
 
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I think Vista was a money-making ploy by MS. It seems like Windows 7 is basically just a service pack for Vista, except they charge hundreds of dollars for it. Doing it this way, millions of people have bought Vista AND W7. Tricksie.

I'm still on XP, personally, I successfully avoided Vista, and will only start using W7 when I buy a new computer with it installed. I have till 2014 or whenever MS stops supporting XP with updates.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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I heard that W7 does not have a control panel and does not have a "run" feature. These are two things that I use A LOT.
You heard incorrectly. It has control panel, and the same run/search bar that Vista has.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Very difficult to compare all the OS's on the same level given the new functionalities and technologies that these systems were/are asked to handle. I have to say though, being a OS X fan for numerous years now, 7 is definitely up there by offering everything I liked about OS X (minus the Unix shell/kernel). But there was still the simplicity that was associated with NT4 and 2K.

I guess if I have to pick one... I'd say 3.11 - simply because I still have DOS 6.22 underneath it all ;-). Call me old school... but as a network/security guy - nothing beats a CLI.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:49 AM
 
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Can I vote a - on Millenium Edition?
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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server 2003 enterprise 64 bit and windows 7 64 bit.

for those on xp...you'll like 7, we have it deployed on all new installs at work and its great... vista is horrible.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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As a long time Mac user I find that I can swing easier between XP & a Mac with no problems at all. All the rest of them.........forgeddaboutit.
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