CyberNotes
Microsoft Monday

Over the course of the years as Microsoft has launched new versions of Windows, there have been three things (among many, really) that have consistently changed: the start-up screen, the calculator, and the program manager/Start menu.  Thanks to a site I recently came across called Guidebook Gallery, I was able to get screenshots of all three from most versions of Windows starting at 1.01. Today’s CyberNotes will be a visual tour – just click on the first image to get started and then use your arrow key to scroll through all of the photos. All I can say is that I’m glad Microsoft decided to add a start menu and change the calculator along the way because I’d hate to be looking at the one they started with in Windows 1.01, in Vista!

Windows 1.01

  101 101 calculator 101 startup

Windows 2.03

 203 203 calculator 201 startup

Windows 3.0

301 301 calculator 301 program

Windows 3.1

31 0 31 0 calculator310 program

Windows NT 3.51 Workstation

 351 351 calculator 351 program

Windows 95

95 95 calculator95 start

Windows NT 4.0

 40 1 40 1 calculator

Windows NT Server

 40 12 40 12 calculator - Copy nt server start

Windows 98

98 1  98 1 calculator98 start

Windows 2000

 

2000 2000 calc2000 start

Windows 2000 Server

 2000 server 2000 server calc2000 server start

Windows ME

me edition me calc me start

Windows XP

xp xp calc xp start

Windows Server 2003

 

2003 2003 calc 2003 server start

Windows Vista

 

vista startup vista calc vista start

There Are 9 Comments

  1. did not know there was so many versions of windows, we’re so lucky technology changed and the current windows doesn’t look like the 1.01 or 3.0

  2. Windows 95 was the big leap.

  3. I owned: 95, 98, 2000, ME (sigh…), XP Professional, XP Media Center, Vista Home Premium.

    Guess I should buy Ultimate since me likie.

  4. Google wrote:
    Windows 95 was the big leap.

    It definitely was, but it also introduced a lot of problems.

    ph15h wrote:
    I owned: 95, 98, 2000, ME (sigh…), XP Professional, XP Media Center, Vista Home Premium.

    I’ve owned 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, Me, XP Pro, XP Media Center, Vista Business, and Vista Ultimate.

  5. James wrote:
    did not know there was so many versions of windows, we’re so lucky technology changed and the current windows doesn’t look like the 1.01 or 3.0

    If you dig deep into Xp or Vista, you can still find elements of Windows 3.1 so don’t think you’re outta the woods just yet ;)

  6. Why is Vista’s boot screen like that…? That’s one of the things that’s annoying me.. (although you could use the hidden bootscreen, but it still doesn’t get the logo..)

  7. Personal favorite: Windows 2000, Win 98
    Personal hate: Windows Me. :P

  8. Times they’re a changin’ -Dylan. I started with Dos 2 in the 80′s, then big change with dos3.3, till a page turned with dos4 and his dosshell introducing the window and program links concept- 90′s.
    Souvenirs- in testing win 1.0, 2,0. Win 3.11 -w.f.workgroups- was great in this epoch. When came the challenge of 95, new features, new designs with their new behaviour problems train.
    Happy indeed with Vista today.
    About the calculator:
    Still here, for free, MS Calc+, a light weight calculator for current use and multiconverter with an amazing skin for a MS product.

  9. Chris wrote:
    Why is Vista’s boot screen like that…? That’s one of the things that’s annoying me.. (although you could use the hidden bootscreen, but it still doesn’t get the logo..)

    Microsoft had said that adding a bootscreen adds significantly to the boot time (I think it was a second or two). I think they are just trying to shave off as much time as possible. Personally I don’t care either way whether there is a boot screen, and if my computer boots faster without one then that’s what I prefer.

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