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Which oldest OS by Microsoft do you use?

Which oldest OS do you use?   83 members have voted

  1. 1. Choose one answer.

    • Windows 7
      9
    • Windows Vista
      7
    • Windows 2008 (server)
      1
    • Windows XP
      23
    • Windows 2003 (server)
      2
    • Windows 2000 (desktop)
      6
    • Windows 2000 (server)
      2
    • Windows Millenium
      2
    • Windows 98/98SE
      14
    • Windows NT 3.x
      1
    • Windows 95
      2
    • Windows NT 4
      2
    • Windows 3.11/3.1
      1
    • MS-Dos 6.22
      7
    • Older OS
      4

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Choose OS which is the oldest on functional machine you own, even if you have older filesharing server, or you keep your old 486 alive because of some games.

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I have Win98 SE2ME which since I got a new Mobo 18 months ago is used for maintaining my XP setup. I wont use NTFS because I have no use for it and besides, XP's defragger is PAINFULLY slow

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I've an old 486SX running W95, which acts as printserver.

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My OS is not listed! I have 2 notebooks running Windows NT Workstation 3.51! They are 486 Compaq Elites.

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i use XP only because there are no drivers for the board i need to connect to for coding assembly in vista/7.

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the 486 DX2 66 has MS-Dos 6.22 for one piece of software that cant run on anything else

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to Tripredacus: i know there is NT 3.x windows, but the poll answers are limited to 15 :(... Shall I merge it with windows 3.1?

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Even when it is wholly operative, at present I use Windows 98 only to clean, clone and rebuild Windows XP, using the dual boot screen of MS, and it's the best support I could ever imagine for it.

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to Tripredacus: i know there is NT 3.x windows, but the poll answers are limited to 15 :(... Shall I merge it with windows 3.1?

As long as you won't merge "my" Windows NT 4.0 with Windows 95 :ph34r:, it's allright. ;)

:P

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to Tripredacus: i know there is NT 3.x windows, but the poll answers are limited to 15 :(... Shall I merge it with windows 3.1?

Just merge the two Win98 options? You don't list all Win95 versions either.

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Probably no reason to include the current OS aka Windows 7 as Server 2008 R2 is not in the poll. But then I couldn't vote as that's all I run :)

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I have a reason of putting Win7 here. Its because some people will buy new computer while selling the old one, only they migrate all data except OS. I want to see if there is a lot of these people. Also main reason of this poll is to see if people are running machines older thatn 2 or more years.

Mostly the OS support for Win 95 and its derivations were supported 11 years, althought first practically usable systems were bit newer. Also the next generation of NT 5.0 which is currently still supported will have much longer lifespan that any other windows before...

Some people which live in world of new things do not ever use anything older than 2 years no matter if it works or not. Really no offense, but i was able to work with my old Pentium III for eight years and only now i am going to make a really major upgrade.

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I'm really into retro gaming and keep a couple of old machines (a 386 and a few 486s) with MS-DOS 6.22, audio and network drivers (IPX ODI driver for IPX network multiplayer games)

I've taken these old PCs to retro gaming events for some Doom 'death match' action :thumbup

My OS is not listed! I have 2 notebooks running Windows NT Workstation 3.51! They are 486 Compaq Elites.

I've not seen NT Workstation 3.51 about in a LONG time.

I liked that OS at the time. 'twas great for my uses.

I upgraded to NT Workstation 4.0 not long after it became available though, as it had better Win32 support.

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I forgot, my old Amstrad PC1512 upgraded to 640k and 30 meg hard drive running MSDOS 3.2. OK I've not used it for a couple of years. My wife, Lucy aka M0LUY has still got her old Beeb (Acorn BBC B, twin 5.25 floppys, sideways rom board and shadow ram)

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I use Win98SE on an old Geode C3 based thin-client for some low level stuff (so I

don't have to use special direct-port access drivers) :rolleyes:

It is also 100% free of moving parts (running off a 2GB Compact Flash) :thumbup

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I forgot, my old Amstrad PC1512 upgraded to 640k and 30 meg hard drive running MSDOS 3.2. OK I've not used it for a couple of years. My wife, Lucy aka M0LUY has still got her old Beeb (Acorn BBC B, twin 5.25 floppys, sideways rom board and shadow ram)

I have quite a lot of old non-PC machines.

I too have a Beeb (Acorn BBC B, twin 5.25" drive, MMBEEB ROM & MMC card), several Amstrad CPCs (which run CP/M as the operating system outside of the Amstrad BASIC environment), several Commodore Amigas (running Amiga Workbench and my A1200 which has PC-TASK and MS-DOS 6.22 installed on it) and lots of other random old machines.

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I have a Compaq Luggable with ms-dos 3.3 on it - little bitty amber screen, 20mb hard card in a slot and 4 floppy disk drives. Cost me $20.00 and works fine.

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Hahaha! There are more Win98 users than Vista or 7!! :lol:

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Is that really surprising? Not for this old tech.

After the SE upgrade and Unofficial Service Pack, 98 was one rock solid and very useful OS.

I reluctantly upgraded, years ago now, to XP because it was more compatible with the new software that was coming out.

Besides that, as a service tech, I needed to learn how to tweak and tune XP for top performance, which I've done.

I'm running XP-Pro-SP3 right now and I will be for quite some time to come.

Cheers Mates!

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My oldest machine that still works is a Texas Instruments 575CD laptop that is set up to dual boot Windows 95 and Dos 6.22.

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Another nice Topic Bump. :crazy::w00t:

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submix8c, as this is the Poll Center area and this is a general poll it's probably ok to bump.

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Beg pardon... :blushing:

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I still use Windows Server 2003 as a file server and an audio distribution server.  For the most part, I just connect with a crossover cable, and Internet is usually turned off (except for nightly MSE updates)

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I was only using Server 2003 some weeks ago in my work custom built PC, when I had to migrate completely to Server 2008. The oldest OS I use in my hosts, is Vista and Server 2008 SP2.

 

In my guests in VMware though... it's Windows 3.1 :P

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