|Let's all be thankful that he skips 'Windows ME'|
Ah, Microsoft's Windows™ -- love it or hate it, we've all
Of course, nothing lasts forever. MobilePhonesFan kicked the Microsoft habit a few years back, after a disturbing experience with the black sheep of the Windows family, Vista. Still, we do have fond memories of PCs past. Assembling your first Windows box from scratch is a character-building experience. And we were plenty excited about the release of Windows 95, especially after the Rolling Stones commercials.
So this YouTube "History of WIndows" video by thePatrickMonroe takes MobilePhonesFan back...
It's a long one (approx. 77 minutes). But then it's not your typical 'overview', where you get a slideshow of splash-page and 'shutting down' screenshots accompanied by the odd sample of 8-bit music or sound effects, then closing with the obligatory hommage to Windows' infamous Blue Screen of Death. That kind of quickie 'history' is worth no more than ten minutes of your time...and it's been done.
No, Patrick took it to a new level. His video depicts the installation of nearly every version of Windows, in revision-order. In other words, he starts with a computer running Microsoft's MS-DOS 5.0, then he documents exactly what 's on-screen while upgrading that PC from Windows 2.03 all the way up to the newly-released Windows 8 consumer preview. You see everything except the 'Please Wait' bits.
Check out this timestamped play-by-play.:
0:00:10 - DOS 5.0
(necessary precursor to Windows)
0:01:18 - Windows 2.03
0:04:04 - Windows 3.0
(Tandy/Radio Shack OEM)
0:07:58 - Windows 3.11
0:12:12 - Windows 95
0:23:30 - Windows 98
0:34:23 - (n/a: Windows ME)
0:34:24 - Windows 2000
0:45:23 - Windows XP
0:57:32 - Windows Vista
1:05:00 - Windows 7
1:11:24 - Windows 8
You've got to admit, Patrick's done yeoman's work...that had to be a full day (at least) of real-time installations, all neatly time-compressed to the aforementioned 77 minutes. The result is surprisingly enjoyable to watch. Even if you don't have an hour to spare it's fun to scroll through, looking for familiar screens. We also enjoyed seeing the evolution of Patrick's captioning skills. ;-)
Good job, Patrick. Take a look and let us know what you think, in the comments.