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    Life on PCs before Windows

    If you think Windows 8 is bad this is what the user experience was like in the old MS Dos days:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/188980/pcs-...lly-like/#8217

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    That was, basically, computing back then, and computing for the masses was but a dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    If you think Windows 8 is bad this is what the user experience was like in the old MS Dos days:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/188980/pcs-...lly-like/#8217
    I know which one I would prefer!
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    Somehow I think that if we had to work with those DOS PCs, we would all complain! We can look at the past with rose-tinted specs, but the reality is that we wouldn't really want to go back to that past. It's when you see things you used, that are now in museums, it really begins to bite

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    I've just spent about 10 hours reinstalling Windows 7 plus well over 200 Windows Updates, involving getting on for 10 reboots. (Admittedly this is on a laptop with a 2.2 GHz Celeron processor)

    I don't think I can remember that much fuss being required for MS-DOS 6.22!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    I know which one I would prefer!
    Me too! I still multiboot a DOS partition on every one of my own machines because there's some stuff I do regularly that's always been just plain faster and easier in DOS. Windows has its place and is better for a lot of stuff, but not for everything. And once you know your way around, you can move a lot faster from the command line--in part because you can "type ahead". Ever try "clicking ahead" in Windows?

    Windows is a big improvement over DOS, but for me it doesn't replace everything DOS could do so there's still a place for DOS on my computers. In contrast, I can't think of anything in Win 8 that is easier to do than it was in Win 7, so for me there's no reason to use Win 8 for anything.

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    msdos was great

    i controlled the pc

    i controlled installs and deleting programs which was a snap

    didnt need no bleeping registry with all the problems it causes

    msdos was so much more easier and convenient

    users could actually write programs to run on their pcs with a phd in CS

    what was not to like about msdos



    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    If you think Windows 8 is bad this is what the user experience was like in the old MS Dos days:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/188980/pcs-...lly-like/#8217

    Jerry

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    Looking back at those times wherein I have to familiriased myself to all DOS command. Now, its easier to use pc than before.

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    I don't know about Windows 7/8, but XP had MSDOS included, which ran in a VM. I still use it for some old apps.

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    Do you remember how much everyone complained about Windows for a long, long time? It's a hog, it's too slow, it's a kludge, multitasking is a fantasy, and on and on. How times change...

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    The biggest problem I've run into with older programs on new computers is many won't run on 64-bit machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    I've just spent about 10 hours reinstalling Windows 7 plus well over 200 Windows Updates, involving getting on for 10 reboots. (Admittedly this is on a laptop with a 2.2 GHz Celeron processor)

    I don't think I can remember that much fuss being required for MS-DOS 6.22!

    That ain't fair,
    back then security wasn't such a risk, also you can just install windows 8.1. Waaaaay less updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyl View Post
    I don't know about Windows 7/8, but XP had MSDOS included, which ran in a VM. I still use it for some old apps.
    DOS actually was going away in Windows NT4 and Windows 2000, many commands could be run in a Command Prompt window. Windows ME, 98SE, 98, 95 could be booted into DOS without the GUI/Graphical User Interface.

    Some of the 'advertisements' for WinXP mentioned "built on NT Technology". I used WinNT 4 for awhile but it was a lot like Win98. When Win2000 first came out for businesses there was an uproar from consumers about no upgrade from Win98SE so about 5 or 6 months later Windows ME/Millennium Edition was produced.

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