Windows Video: Upgrading Through Every Version

Video of "An experiment to see the effects of installing every major upgrade version of windows, in order, on the same machine."

An enterprising individual shot a video of “An experiment to see the effects of installing every major upgrade version of windows, in order, on the same machine.” All in 9 minutes, 49 seconds.

Of course, it took much, much longer to do that for each individual version at the time. But modern computers are so much faster than the ones at the time of the older Windows versions that they can be installed in a blink. If you still remember DOS commands, of course.

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Comments

  1. Andyman says:

    @James,

    The narrator talks about how long each install took; often over an hour. The 9:49 runtime is due to thoughtful editing on his part, not faster processors.

  2. James Joyner says:

    @Andyman:

    Ah! My audio is broken, so I just watched some of the video.

  3. michael reynolds says:

    There are people still using Windows?

  4. Rick Almeida says:

    95% of the people, Michael.

  5. Neil Hudelson says:

    No Windows ME?

  6. Brett #2 says:

    There are people still using Windows?

    Some of us like to have more control over our hardware and software, as opposed to playing in Glorious Leader Steve Jobs’ Walled Garden.

  7. Murray says:

    Seeing that DOS installation I suddenly felt soooooooooooo old :o)

  8. mantis says:

    95% of the people, Michael.

    Not quite. More like 87%.

  9. Rick Almeida says:

    Fair enough, Mantis. 87% it is.

  10. Anyone who’s into gaming will likely be using a Windows machine.

  11. matt says:

    I’m still using windows (XP) because the MacOS offers me nothing. If I could afford to buy a copy of win7 I’d be running that. Just for kicks I actually had an install of XP on my “server” that was skinned and reworked to look just like OS X..