Best version of Windows

View Poll Results: Best Windows OS

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  • Windows 7

    96 55.17%
  • Windows XP

    11 6.32%
  • Windows 8.x

    57 32.76%
  • Windows Vista

    4 2.30%
  • Windows Longhorn

    1 0.57%
  • Windows 98

    2 1.15%
  • Windows 1.0

    3 1.72%
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  1. Posts : 2,585
    Win 11

    Where I worked, we used IBM Token Ring for our LAN's. We had IBM's "LanNetwork Manager" (we were the Beta test customer for IBM on that product) and it required OS/2.

    We were still using DOS for our PC's and Novell Netware 3.12 for the servers.
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  2. Posts : 5

    I voted for Windows XP, I've been using it for 5 years before using Windows 7, which is my second favorite. I can't wait to use Windows 8 on my new system.
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  3. Posts : 5,833
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro

    Welcome to 9F, Computer0304. :)

    8/8.1 are great OSs! When will you be getting it?
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  4. Posts : 11,247
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there.

    Although not a desktop OS I used it as a desktop OS - still have it as a VM --my vote is for Windows 2003 SERVER. (still not quite out of EOL yet). I managed with a few odd changes to get it suitable for running as a desktop OS !! - You need to do a few things to run a SERVER as a desktop OS !!

    For example :

    (All my XP stuff still runs on it so I'm using it rather than XP -- and it's still for the moment getting updates !!).

    For the WORST OS -- IMO was WINDOWS NT (or as we called it - Windows Neanderthal or Windows No Thanks). Even to get a simple USB to connect took an inordinate amount of I.T time -- maybe that's why it was beloved by I.T support - nobody else had a clue about it. !!!

    Windows 8.1 update 1 isn't actually to horrible either once you've configured it a bit and got rid of the "Kiddy" mobile phone interface.

    [USER=219]@fireberd[/USER] -- I remember the old Token Ring -- used that to get IBM mainframe TSO (MVS/370) to run on remote PC's via 3270 / 3278 terminal emulation. !!! Those were the days before everything got Sanitized via outside consultants and change control etc. - You just tried something --if it didn't work you did something else. - No waiting a week for a "Change slot" etc etc. !!!!

    You can still run IBM mainframe stuff on a PC via HERCULES !!!
    Here's TSO and an IBM 3033 console running JES2 on a LAPTOP !!! - Memories !!!

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  5. Posts : 2,585
    Win 11

    Jimbo, right down my alley. I was a Regional Network and Hardware Help Desk Manager for the US Social Security Admin. We had 3270 "dumb terminal" systems but were moving to LAN's. I had 3725 and 3745 Comm Processors, IBM CAU's and LAM's. PS/2 PC's as Token Ring "Bridges" (to the remote sites). Token Ring was selected as we could control the network better with Token Ring. Token Ring was more "orderly" in how it worked, compared to Ethernet.
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  6. Posts : 5,286
    Win 10 Pro x64
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  7. Posts : 5

    HippsieGypsie, post: 30854, member: 99 said:
    Welcome to 9F, Computer0304. :)

    8/8.1 are great OSs! When will you be getting it?
    I have started trying it out and it is better than I expected.
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  8. Posts : 2,585
    Win 11

    My recording studio system is on a Windows 7 64bit system (I use Sonar X3). My Win 7 system was down for several weeks because of a motherboard problem and the board was sent back for warranty repair. While it was gone I used my backup system which is Win 8.1 64 bit. My recording studio software and hardware ran equally as well on Win 8.1 as Win 7. If I had to, I wouldn't have a problem with just Win 8.1. I have the Start8 installed that restores the desktop functions, like Win 7.
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  9. Posts : 171
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Those of you who 'know' me from Sevenforums or Eightforums will know that I am a bit of an 'OS nut'. I run many OSes, most as virtual machines.

    My #1 choice is Windows 8.1, followed by Win 7, then Win 8, then Vista. While I like XP, it simply lacks too much functionality for use as my main OS, although I'd never consider getting rid of it.

    Stand-alone OSes I currently run are:

    This i7 Laptop - Windows 8.1.1 Pro 64-bit w/Media Center. This machine also contains my VMs, and a copy of DOS-Box running Windows 3.1 and a swag of DOS games and programs.

    The Core 2 Duo laptop - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit.

    The desktop - Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit and Windows XP Home 32-bit.

    Depending on which drive I plug in on the desktop (it has four fitted and several others which can be fitted if/when required), it can also run Windows 3.1/3.11, Windows NT4, Windows Millenium Edition or any of several early Linux builds.

    I don't have a copy of Windows 2000, or a Longhorn beta, both of which I would like, to add to the collection. Also a copy of OS/2 Warp.

    Here are the OSes currently running (or not, in the case of the Vista beta) in Virtual Box...



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  10. Posts : 9,652
    W10 Pro, W10 Home

    That is quite the collection you have there Wenda!
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