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Monday
Aug202007

A Look At Why Windows Vista Is Different From Other Versions Of Windows...

Back in 1994 if you were like me then you were used to using Windows 3.1. I used 3.1 for several years. However Windows 95 was about to be released, it had a new source code that was actually built off the old Disk Operating System (DOS). With a total reconstruction of the Windows User Interface (UI) this system would be much different from Windows 3.1, to start off the task bar made its debut in 95 along with the start menu. The look of Windows had changed a great deal, no more Program Manager, or File Manager, they were replaced with the Explorer Shell, and the Windows Explorer.

Later in 1997 Microsoft released Windows 98, which was built off Windows 95. This new version continued where 95 left off, the system was some what more stable than 95. Occasionally we still got the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), but not quiet as much, then an upgrade of Windows 98 was released in 1999, that was Windows 98 Second Edition (SE). Windows 98 SE made the OS a whole lot more stable. It was because of SE that I stayed with Windows 98 so long, I used SE on my default system until 2002.

In 2000 we got Microsoft Windows Me, a truly evil Operating System (OS). In my opinion Windows Me was Windows 98 on crack. The system was so unstable, it was embarrassing. Microsoft should be ashamed of them selves for ever releasing Me. Of course it wouldn't last long and a new OS was released.

Ok so far I have mentioned the consumer Windows versions from 3.1 to Windows Me, well in order to continue I need to discuss the business versions of Windows. So lets go back, to Windows NT 3.1.

There was no Windows NT 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0. They named it NT 3.1 to one up OS/2 which was by IBM. That's another story for another time. Ok, well from Windows NT 3.1 to NT 3.51 the UI is basically Windows 3.1. Only Windows 3.1 was a 16-bit OS, while NT 3.1 was a full 32-bit OS.

"All so on a small note, Windows 95 was supposed to be a 32-bit OS however it functioned in a 16-bit mode."

But then came Windows NT 4.0 which changed the NT UI to look more like Windows 95. Well now as time would progress, and Service Packs released we would approach the the end of Windows NT 4.0. This OS had 6 Service Packs and then Windows NT 5.0 was released.

Windows 2000 was NT 5.0, and proved to be much better than its counterpart Windows Me. Even though 2000 was released before Me, so that really is funny that Me sucked so bad, and big brother Windows 2000 did so well.

Now we come back to the point I was at, why did I mention Windows NT, well here's why. In 2001 Microsoft released Windows XP, XP was released as Windows XP Home Edition, and Windows XP Professional Edition. Of course later the other editions came.

In XP Microsoft merged the two products, consumer and business versions, both were built with NT, ok NT stands for New Technologies. Ok now as time went on we got Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Tablet PC Edition.

Then finally after years of promises, in January of 2007 we got Windows Vista. Vista unlike XP and all the others was built off Windows Server 2003. It has no ties to Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, or XP. Its an entirely new OS, built off a server OS. Windows Vista's features like User Account Control (UAC) and file encryption like bit locker in Windows Vista Ultimate, are all possible because of Windows Server 2003.

By building off Windows Server 2003 we have a more secure Windows OS, but what are the cost of using a server OS, well we've seen the problems with Nvidia drivers and hardware issues. Yes as a matter fact because Server 2003 was used support for a lot of hardware, and software app's have been cut. Making a lot of angry costumers.

So now we see Windows Vista.....an OS set apart from its predecessors.

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