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  • The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

    It looks like as from last week Microsoft has stopped issuing licenses for Windows 3.1 (No tears please).
    For some reason I thought they did that ages ago... It goes to show I haven't been keeping up to date with 3.x at all

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7707016.stm

    I think It at least deserves a couple of lines since it kick-started the whole GUI OS revolution.

    For the nostalgics amongst us and the ones not afraid to reveal their real ages any thoughts????
    Last edited by L4ndy; 7th November 2008, 20:46. Reason: Added link
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    Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

    Originally posted by L4ndy View Post
    I think It at least deserves a couple of lines since it kick-started the whole GUI OS revolution.
    Windows 3.1 kick-started the GUI revolution? Do you remember why 1982 wasn't like 1982?
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    • #3
      Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

      My first OS where I started with back in 1996 when I still went to college (or something like that)
      It was my first computer and had never used one before
      I started programming on it with Turbo Pascal7 and C++

      Later I switched to windows 95
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      • #4
        Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

        I think I upgraded to it from dos 6.2 (or 6.1 maybe?).
        Which was upgraded from dos 5 I think.
        Windows for Workgroups, that brings back memories. File Manager was it?
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        • #5
          Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

          Originally posted by L4ndy View Post
          it kick-started the whole GUI OS revolution
          Not a Mac fan then?

          For those who may still want to licence legacy software, if you have a volume licence for Windows Vista you can downgrade the licences as far back as Windows 1. You don't need Software Assurance.

          This only applies to installing previous versions of the *same* product - you can't downgrade Vista to DOS, and you can only downgrade Vista to Windows 3.1 etc if you have a DOS licence to run it on.
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          • #6
            Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

            Originally posted by L4ndy View Post
            It looks like as from last week Microsoft has stopped issuing licenses for Windows 3.1 (No tears please).
            For some reason I thought they did that ages ago... It goes to show I haven't been keeping up to date with 3.x at all

            http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7707016.stm

            I think It at least deserves a couple of lines since it kick-started the whole GUI OS revolution.

            For the nostalgics amongst us and the ones not afraid to reveal their real ages any thoughts????
            Oh P-lease.

            1. Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 & 3.1/3.11 were NEVER operating systems. They were graphical interfaces on an operating system. (Ever tried running Win3.11 without DOS)
            2. The GUI, Mouse and Ethernet were invented by Xerox and "acquired" by Steve Jobs after a vist to their labs
            3. Windows 95 was the first GUI O/S for the IBM based platform and the bloatware keeps getting bigger!!
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            • #7
              Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

              Ahh, the days when Windows was just an app. Good times.
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              • #8
                Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

                I'm showing my antiquity here, but my first desktop PC would run either Windows 2.0 (mainly used for Reversi) and GEM (used for real applications and compatable with my home Atari ST)
                Of course, DOS for the serious stuff....

                Those were the days
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                • #9
                  Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

                  Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                  Oh P-lease.

                  1. Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 & 3.1/3.11 were NEVER operating systems. They were graphical interfaces on an operating system. (Ever tried running Win3.11 without DOS)
                  2. The GUI, Mouse and Ethernet were invented by Xerox and "acquired" by Steve Jobs after a vist to their labs
                  3. Windows 95 was the first GUI O/S for the IBM based platform and the bloatware keeps getting bigger!!

                  Firstly, I had the MS in mind when stating the first GUI, however i am showing my limitations on the OS History. I since had a look and it appears that MS was using Graphical interfaces in 1.0 etc.

                  Whether they were OS or not, it is debatable.
                  Also i take it you are not an MS fan (the Bloatware comment)!!
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                  • #10
                    Re: The official death of an OS (Windows 3.X)

                    I am not a fan of all the crap left in the O/S. Vista still has DOS 1 commands.

                    And just to claify, Win 3.x was NOT an operating system. The proof, get a blank HDD and try and install Windows 3.x onto it. It was as you said, a GUI.
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                    2 2 was 1 2.
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