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WINDOWS BACKUP

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PC gamers frequently have to erase their hard disk and install Windows fresh to recover game performance. Windows has included a backup tool from Windows 2000 onwards. Problems with backwards compatibility can be dealt with using a virtual machine to run the previous version(s) of Windows as needed to restore files to a shared storage …

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WINDOWS 98 SECOND EDITION

Windows 98 Second Edition was released generally on May 5, 1999. Microsoft ended support for Windows 98 on July 11, 2006. This was cut short mainly due to a legal dispute over Java and middleware that ended up hurting consumers who ended up short changed on support. Machines in 1999 were still very expensive. We …

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WINDOWS 95

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Windows 95 was released on August 24, 1995. Microsoft spent a huge amount of money marketing the new desktop operating system Windows 95 is code named Chicago which is seen in INF files even years later. Windows 95 was the first operating system to merge DOS with Windows. Existing DOS programs were slowly being replaced …

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JAVA

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Java is a programming language that is very popular. It was first released in 1995. Unlike C or C++, Java uses are more complete run-time which created a new model called middleware. Middleware is the idea of using additional layers of software to consolidate assets. Java has a runtime, class libraries and compilers. Java is …

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BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

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The Blue Screen of Death is better known by its acronym BSOD. More accurately it is a stop error seen in Windows NT 3.1 and onwards to protect the system from possible error and file damage. BSODs can be caused by poorly written device drivers or malfunctioning hardware, such as faulty memory, power supply issues, …

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WINDOWS NT 3.1

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Windows NT 3.1 was released on July 27, 1993. This was the first commercial release as earlier versions we still being developed internally at Microsoft. Microsoft ended support for Windows 3.1 on December 31, 2000. Windows NT 3.1 sold for $495. Unlike Windows 3.1 which was widely used by consumers and businesses, Windows NT was …

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WINDOWS 3.1

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Windows 3.1 was released on April 6, 1992. Windows was available in 1.2MB floppies as well as 1.44MB floppy disks. We had the 1.44MB floppy disk set which took quite some time to install with many disk swaps. The biggest feature was the new TrueType that Microsoft had developed to counter the growing ruckus over …

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EARLY WINDOWS GAMES

With the oldest versions of Windows, Reversi was the original game bundled up until Windows 3.0 was released. The game is similar to Othello. Windows 3.0 included a second game, solitaire. At this time DOS games continued to be dominant. Windows 3.1 replaced Reversi with Minesweeper. There was much clamor over the dropping of the …

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GRAPHICS DEVICE INTERFACE

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Video cards all have to fulfill some basic functionality to be able to boot DOS etc. Worse they also have to have a small BIOS to contain the bit mask for the characters on the DOS VGA display. By using a separate ROM on the video card make it possible to use different models. The …

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