As yesterday was Windows 95’s 16 Birthday, I thought it might be fun to see how the worlds most popular Operating system has ‘matured’. I’ve included screens shots of the major releases from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7 and included their system requirements for comparison.
I think it’s fair to say it’s changed quite significantly!
Released November 1985
Released November 1987
Graphics Card, 512k Memory, MS DOS 3.0, 2 x Double-Sided Disk Drives
EGA, VGA, SVGA, XGA or Hercules Video Card, MS DOS 3.1, 80286 CPU (or greater), 640k Conventional Memory + 1024k extended memory, 5.25″ (HD) or 3.5″ Floppy drive and Fixed drive with 6MB Free, Mouse Recommended !
To use Microsoft Exchange and The Microsoft Network:
For CD-ROM installation:
For network installation:
The minimum hardware requirements for Windows Me include:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) of system memory (512 megabytes (MB) for Home Basic)
- 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space (20 GB for Home Basic)
- Support for DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM and 128 MB of graphics memory (32 MB for Home Basic)
- DVD-ROM drive
- Audio Output
- Internet access (fees may apply)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver