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  1.    12 Jan 2015 #11
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I have to agree with Win2000. I had a copy and my PC couldn't use it by I put it on a friends PC and it was great. Oh and I used it at work and loved it.

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  2.    12 Jan 2015 #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    We all called Windows NT "Windows Neanderthal or Windows No Thanks" back in those days. Windows NT was probably the MOST USER UNFRIENDLY (probably User Aggressive is a better term) OS that I have ever seen incliding Command only Linuxes.

    To get ANYTHING to run that consumers would use - like USB devices / plug 'n play etc was either impossible or a NIGHTMARE. No wonder it made ZERO headway as a desktop OS. Any new hardware device usually failed to work - especially ones consumers liked. Boring old officy stuff would work but that's only OK if you are in a shop that only upgrades hardware every 40 years or so.
    I think you are (and most others) are forgetting history. Windows NT 4 was released in 1996, which was 2 years before Microsoft officially supported USB even in Windows 9x. One of Windows 98's big features was in fact USB support. The USB specification was first released in 1996, and wasn't really viable until the 1.1 release in 1998 anyways.. devices didn't really start appearing until 1997 and 1998.

    So complaining that a product released 2 years before the first real releases of the product didn't work well with it.. well, that's just pretty silly. That's like complaining that your old CRT TV doesn't do Ultra4K.

    The real problem was that people were using NT4 well into the 2000's and trying to retrofit it for things it wasn't designed for. And, frankly, that's user error in my opinion.
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  3.    12 Jan 2015 #13
    Join Date : Mar 2014
    Cape Breton Nova Scotia ,Canada
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    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64

    a car parts manufacturing plant I worked at in 2007/8 was still using win2000 on computers that were running some of parts testing machines/and lathes and such
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  4.    12 Jan 2015 #14
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    Windows 7

    NT was a good OS for it's time. There is no denying that it was difficult to use but that was true for virtually any OS of the period. The system resources available in a typical computer just did not permit the features we now take for granted. NT 3.1 (the first NT OS) was designed to work with only 12 MB RAM on a workstation, 16 MB for a server. Today this is nothing but at the time many considered these requirements excessive. Right up to NT 4 the RAM requirements never changed, just as with Vista to Windows 10.

    Better technology enabled building a more user friendly OS, such as was Windows 2000. Minimum RAM requirement was 32 MB but 64 MB was more realistic. Many thought that excessive. But it was a huge improvement over NT 4. In comparison XP was only a minor upgrade. But in the way of things XP became popular and Windows 2000 all but forgotten.

    In the past Microsoft has been reluctant to change the major version of an OS, maintaining it at 6 from Vista to Windows 8. This was done, not because the changes in the OS didn't warrant a higher version number, but for compatibility reasons. There were always applications that managed to get the version check wrong and failed to run on an OS that was fully capable of supporting it. Updating only the minor version number minimized this problem but this was of course not a long term solution. Once you have made the decision to change the major version there are no further compatibility constraints and it can be set to whatever is desired. 10 is a reasonable major version number for Windows 10. Skipping version numbers is hardly a new thing.
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  5.    12 Jan 2015 #15
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    The OS version is 10 and I think MS stated somewhere that the kernel version would register the same, probably with the final release.

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