Microsoft first shipped Windows 1.0 in 1985. When the finished version of Windows 10 ships in 2015, the operating system will be 30 years old. That's a lifetime (indeed many lifetimes) in the world of computing. If you want to experience for yourself just how primitive Windows v1 was, you can. And there's no need to shell out for an original IBM PC, as you can do it all from within a virtual retro PC directly in your web browser.
To get started, head to http://www.pcjs.org/configs/pc/machines and choose a machine from the list on offer. Most of them are just running MS-DOS, but you'll see 2 that are listed as running Windows 1.01. Start up the machine, switch to the C: drive by typing C: at the prompt, then switch to the Windows directory by typing CD WINDOWS and pressing Return. Then type WIN and you'll be running Windows 1 in a virtual IBM PC.
The more you play with these old PCs, both in MS-DOS and Windows modes, the more you realise just how far we've come in the past 2 or 3 decades. Which makes you wonder just where we'll be in 2 or 3 more.
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