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Microsoft Windows
 http://www.microsoft.com/windows/
Category Operating System Family
Platform(s) PC
Developer(s) Microsoft Corporation
Publisher(s) Microsoft
Distribution Floppy Disk, CD, DVD, Digital Download
Source Model Closed Source
License MS-EULA
Latest Stable Version Windows 10
Programming Language(s) Assembly, C, C Sharp, C++, CSS, JavaScript, MFC, .NET

Microsoft Windows is a series of software operating systems and graphical user interfaces produced by Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft first introduced an operating environment named Windows in November 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS, in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world's personal computer market, overtaking Mac OS, which had been introduced previously. The most recent client version of Windows is Windows 10; the most recent server version is Windows Server 2008.

Version Processor Memory Hard drive capacity Video card
Required Recommended Required Recommended Required Recommended Required Recommended
Windows 7 1 GHz 1 GHz 1 GB RAM 1 GB RAM hard drive with at least 16 GB of available space hard drive with at least 16 GB of available space DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2008
800 MHz 1 GHz 512 MB of system memory 512 MB of system memory 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space 32 MB of graphics memory (but works in Super VGA) Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32-128MB of graphics memory
Windows XP Pentium MMX 233 MHz 64 MB of system memory 256 MB of system memory 20 GB hard drive with at least 1.5 GB of available space 40 GB hard drive with at least 1.5 GB of available space Super VGA (800x600), but works in VGA Support for DirectX 8 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
Windows 2000 Pentium 133 MHz 32 MB of system memory 512 MB of system memory 4 GB hard drive with at least 650 MB of available space VGA
Windows NT 4 486, 33MHz 12 MB of system memory 512 MB of system memory 200 MB hard drive with at least 110 MB of available space VGA
Windows NT 3.51 386 25 MHz 8 MB of system memory 512 MB of system memory 200 MB hard drive with at least 90 MB of available space VGA
Windows ME Pentium 150 MHz 32 MB of system memory 64 MB of system memory 120 GB hard drive with at least 120 MB of available space 40 GB hard drive with at least 400 MB of available space VGA Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 128 MB of graphics memory
Windows 98 486 DX2 66 MHz 16 MB of system memory 32 MB of system memory 20 GB hard drive with at least 300 MB of available space 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space VGA
Windows 95 386 4 MB of system memory 16 MB of system memory 200 MB hard drive with at least 120 MB of available space VGA SVGA
Windows 3.11 386 VGA
Windows 3.0 286 386 VGA
Windows 2.0 8086 286 640k VGA
Windows 1.01 VGA

Pre-Windows 9x

These Operating Systems came before Windows 95, and are characterised by the fact they are 16-Bit.

Windows 9x

Windows 9x were Microsoft's Operating Systems for the Home Market, and were the first to take full advantage of the Intel 80386's 32-Bit addressing system.

Windows NT

The Windows NT Family combines Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and all other operating systems since then. It was Microsoft's effort to introduce a line of Operating Systems designed for Business Users

Windows Embedded

Embedded OSes are designed for small-time computers, such as ATM's.

Windows Mobile

A Version of Windows specialised for Handheld devices, such as PDA's.

Windows CE

Windows CE was designed for small, handheld devices like Pocket PC's

Future Windows Systems

An intensive look at what is to come from Redmond-Based Microsoft

Microsoft Product Codenames

Confused by a Codename for a Microsoft Product. Look here, and it'll probably be listed.

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