What is your Widows timeline?

NeghVar

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What is your Windows version timeline for your primary PC? No dates, just the versions.
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For me,
Windows 3.1
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows 10
 
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Darunion

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For my personal pc's

Windows 3.1
Windows 95
Windows NT 4.0
Windows 98
Windows 2000
Windows ME
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8 + 8.1
Windows 10
 

LukeTbk

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I think I have the most classic/boring timeline, never went against the grain and usually waited to jump that it got tested by people I knew if it did not came on a new computer

3.1
95
98
ME
XP
Vista
7
8-8.1
10
 

polonyc2

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95
98
98 SE
ME
XP
Vista
Windows 7
Windows 10

I don't remember using Windows 8 outside of trying it for a few weeks...same with Windows 11
 

GotNoRice

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Windows 3.1 (My Primary Computer at this time was a Power Mac, but I had a couple 386 computers that ran Windows 3.1)
Windows 95 OSR 2
Windows 98
Windows 98se
Windows Me (Beta)
Windows Me/2000 dual boot
Windows Me/XP (32-bit, Beta) dual boot
Windows XP (32-bit)
Windows Server 2003 modded for Desktop use (32-bit)
Windows XP SP2 (32-bit)
Windows Vista (64-bit)
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows 8 (64-bit, Beta)
Windows 8 (64-bit)
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit, Beta)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 11 (Beta)
Windows 11
 
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3.1, 95, 98, XP, Vista (and I actually liked it!), 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11. The only beta or developer preview I did was 10.
 

Dan_D

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DOS 6.2
DOS 6.22
DOS 6.22 + Windows 3.1
Windows 95
Windows 95B OSR2.1 + Windows NT 4.0 (Dual Boot)
Windows 98
Windows 98SE (Shit Edition)
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT 5.0 (Yes, you read that right. Ran on my personal server.)
Windows 2000 Server
Windows XP Professional Edition
Windows XP x64 Edition
Windows 2003 Server x64 Edition
Windows Vista x64
Windows 7 Pro x64
Windows 8 (Relegated to laptop only, I wouldn't run that hot garbage on my desktop.)
Windows 8.1 (Laptop only.)
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 11 Pro 21H2
 

dbwillis

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Windows 95
Windows NT 4.0
Windows 98
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 10
Windows 11
 

Zepher

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Windows 3.1 wfw
Windows NT3.51
Windows 95
Windows NT4
Windows 98 then SE
Windows 2000 Pro
Windows XP Pro
Windows Vista Ultimate x64
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Windows 10 Pro x64

I ran Windows ME for a few minutes. It blue screened on boot after install twice, then formatted the drive and put whatever OS was out at the time back on.
 

M76

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Adopted versions:
Windows 3.1 first windows version I've had on my own computer
Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (basically the same as 3.1 but with networking)
Windows 95 (early adopter, but at this point I'm still using the computer in Dos mode like 99% of the time)
Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2
Windows 98 (still with DOS mode, but by this stage default is booting into the UI. stayed on it as long as possible to keep DOS compatibility)
Windows XP Pro (late adoption. if I remember correctly I only switched over when SP2 was released)
Windows 7 Pro (first 64 bit OS, I held on to XP until about 2010)
Windows 10 Pro (made the switch relatively early in 2016, but only due to DX12 pressure, and I still don't like this OS, if there were no artificial pressure to switch I'd still be running 7.

Major versoins I tried then skipped:
Windows 98 SE: I've tried it, but for some reason basic 98 was much more stable for me
Windows ME: basically win 98 with bloatware and no DOS mode.
Windows 2000: compatibility issues, and extremely long load times sealed its fate.
Windows 11: while it's possible to avoid I'll avoid it no small icons, and no separate mode with titles on the taskbar is not something I'd put up with, it's bad enough that W10 is grouping instances, instead of showing apps in the order I started them.

Major versions that never touched any computers I own(ed):
Windows NT
Windows XP x64
Windows Vista
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
 

ManofGod

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What is your Windows version timeline for your primary PC? No dates, just the versions.
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For me,
Windows 3.1
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows 10

All versions from Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and on, literally. I even had Windows NT 4.0 installed for a short time. I had Windows Vista Home, Windows 8 and 8.1 as well and as used Windows Me for a period of time. And I was just reminded above, I had WinXP64 installed as well.
 
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just like everyone else, except I will add
Dr. Dos 7.0 to my top then 3.1 and onto every OS that came out. including 95, ME, 98, Vista (loved vista)
 
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DOS 5.0 / Windows 3.1
DOS 6.22 / WFWG 3.11
Windows 95
Windows 95 / Windows NT 4.0
Windows 98 / Windows NT 4.0
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows 10
 

N4CR

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Some weird DOS (was too young)
95
98SE
2000 pro and advanced server
XP
Win 7 and do not want to touch the later cancer that is 10-11. Rather go linux and dualboot LTSB.
 

Wat

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Started with dos 3.3 (ibm)
Dos 5, 6
Win 3.1
Os/2 2.1 and 3
Windows 95 thru 10, but skipped win me and win8
 

staknhalo

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3.1 > 95 > 98 > Me > XP> Vista > 7 > 8/8.1 > 10 > 11

edit: i forgot windows 8, which was the last version that had windows media center rip to one of the g.o.a.t.s. 🙏
 
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I've run all of the consumer-based Windows versions since Windows 3.1. That includes both the 9x versions and NT versions. Never needed to run server or CE, though.

For all the grief Windows ME got, it actually worked great for me. Windows 2000 wasn't quite ready for prime time as a gamer and it had 3 years worth of updates baked in. I used to format pretty often in those days, so it was convenient having Windows 98 with all the updates/fixes. Still, Windows XP was a game changer. There was no looking back after that. I started running betas of that one and they became my main OS immediately.
 

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Vista ran fine for me but I definitely had problems with Me, but Me was on a prebuilt HP too so who knows what was really the problem (I was also just a normie when I had that Me computer, knew nothing except how to play games and download music)
 

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(Amiga 68000 -> 68030) > i486 DOS + Windows 3.1 > Windows 95 > Windows NT 4.0 > Windows 2000 > Windows XP > Windows Vista > Windows 7 > 10

There were also several dual boot years with linux (various distros). Never ran Win 98 or ME, I thought they were useless at the time because the Windows NT line was the only possible future path for MS.

Thanks to steam deck I am considering finally moving to linux rather than supporting MS and their Win11 mobile device like lockdown initiative for PCs.
 

Domingo

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I never had any issues with Vista or Windows 8/8.1 for that matter. I actually had the same install of Windows XP that was upgraded to Vista and both versions of 8 sans any issues. It wasn't until Windows 10 that I ended up having to do a clean install to fix issues. I had to do that 2-3 times with 10 and the issues were almost always related to borked UWP apps.
 

Domingo

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Every few years Microsoft rolls out a new version of Windows just for the hell of having something new. It's not to say that they had no advantages, but they just weren't necessary as a totally new OS. Yet the middling ones aren't always the problem children. I'm a sucker for new stuff, so I've run 'em all from launch (or even advanced beta) until something newer comes out. Windows 10 is still the OS that has given me the most issues since things went NT and it was absolutely a necessary release after 8.
 

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mmm, when i was in like grade 4/5 we had a 5.25 floppy based computer i used a little...no idea the OS! :) def wasnt windows 3.1 though..

I didn't really get into using Windows until Windows 95 though.. and NT 4.0 at one of my first jobs and my first computer I built i had Windows 2000 on it (had early Alpha and beta builds i remeber). pretty much tried every Alpha / Beta of OS after that until Windows 7 came along.

Windows 95/ NT 4.0
Windows 98 / SE
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows 10
Windows 11
 

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mmm, when i was in like grade 4/5 we had a 5.25 floppy based computer i used a little...no idea the OS! :) def wasnt windows 3.1 though..

I didn't really get into using Windows until Windows 95 though.. and NT 4.0 at one of my first jobs and my first computer I built i had Windows 2000 on it (had early Alpha and beta builds i remeber). pretty much tried every Alpha / Beta of OS after that until Windows 7 came along.

Windows 95/ NT 4.0
Windows 98 / SE
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows 10
Windows 11
NT didn't even understand ethernet until like SP4 or 5. Bad memories.
 

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I used every windows from 3.1. I upgraded as soon as the newest one is released. I did use windows 2000 between ME and XP.
 

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3.1 > 95 > 98 > 98se > 2000 (briefly)
XP > 7 > 10 > 11

WinCe 4.0 to 6.0
 
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