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    I remember, back in the dark ages, using Windows 2.0 then various Win 3.1, 3.11. I guess there was a Win 1.0 before I switched to PCs from Amiga? so how did MS come up with Windows 7 as their latest operating system?

    2: Win 2.0
    3: Win 3.1, 3.11
    4. Win95
    5. Win98, Win98SE. Does WinME belong here?
    6. Win2K?
    7. WinXP
    8. Vista
    9. Win7.

    So please, someone whose maths is better than mine, please explain :-)

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    Something of an explanation here: Why 7? - Windows Vista Team Blog - The Windows Blog

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    Thanks Leif, Whilst I find that explanation somewhat batty, at least its an explanation ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clive Woodward View Post
    Thanks Leif, Whilst I find that explanation somewhat batty, at least its an explanation ;-)
    You are not alone in find the explanation somewhat convoluted. Many commentators around the web have come to the same conclusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
    You are not alone in find the explanation somewhat convoluted. Many commentators around the web have come to the same conclusion.
    For the sake of making sure "application compatibility is optimized", should not this forum be now renamed Windows 6.1?

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    Following the numbering scheme, shouldn't this be called something other than Windows 7. All other versions that included a windows number were actually linked to a version number. This is the only one that isn't. It would have been more relevant to call it windows 2009, if you follow past history of naming. If you want a windows version number, then yes, it should have been called Windows 6(x). Otherwise, increment the version number to 7.

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    They're just hoping that 7 is their lucky number !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leif View Post
    For the sake of making sure "application compatibility is optimized", should not this forum be now renamed Windows 6.1?
    Well, Windows 7's kernel version is 6.1...

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    Windows 7 was my idea.
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    I can see why MS wants to distance Win7 from Vista. 6.1 is not far enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John hubsmith View Post
    I can see why MS wants to distance Win7 from Vista. 6.1 is not far enough!
    Well, hard to make jokes about a number.

    Windows CE + ME + NT = Windows Cement
    Hasta La Vista
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    editing you chart for the actual numbers:

    2: Win 2.0
    3: Win 3.1, 3.11
    4. Win95, Win98, Win98SE, WinME

    is the original windows os line. they were replaced by the more stable and more powerful NT line. NT 1 was renamed NT3 as the current version for windows 9x (the original line) was windows 3...

    3.windows NT 3, 3.5, 3.51
    4. NT4
    5. Win2K

    WinXP is based on w2k, and share much of the same code and is very similar. however, windows 2k was designed for only companies, while XP was divided into many versions for both corporate and home use. Any program that can run on XP should have little problem running on 2k, but MS made some artificial limitations (for examples, IE after 6.0 doesnt run on 2k) to force people to buy xp.

    5.1: Win XP

    Vista contains a lot of new untested parts at its core, which is one reason its compatibility and speed suffered.

    6.0 is vista

    some programs just check if it is running on the right general versions of windows. for example, if i wrote a app that cant run on NT4 i would just make sure it checks that the OS is >= 5.0 .... unfortunately, some vista programs that cant run on xp before windows 7 came out just checked if version = 6, so it wont bother running on XP or lower. however, windows 7 is internally much like vista, and thus should run such an app. Microsoft, to be kind, just internally named windows 7 version 6.1 so it can run these apps, which would break if the actual version is 7.0 ...

    6.1 w7

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