Microsoft Windows is a series of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation. It is the most widely used operating system in the world, and it has undergone several versions and updates over the years. In this blog, we will take a look at the evolution of Microsoft Windows, starting from the first version, Windows 1, to the latest version, Windows 11 Home and Pro. We will also discuss the various ways to activate and license these versions of Windows, including the use of license keys and product keys.
- Windows 1 (1985): The first version of Microsoft Windows was released in 1985 as a graphical operating system shell for MS-DOS. It was not a full-fledged operating system and required a separate version of MS-DOS to run.
- Windows 2 (1987): Windows 2 was released as an upgrade to Windows 1 and was the first version of Windows to support expanded memory.
- Windows 3 (1990): Windows 3 was the first successful version of Windows and was widely adopted by businesses and home users. It introduced support for virtual memory and improved user interface.
- Windows 95 (1995): Windows 95 was a major release that introduced support for 32-bit hardware and the now-iconic Start menu.
- Windows 98 (1998): Windows 98 was an update to Windows 95 and introduced support for USB devices, Internet Explorer 4, and Internet Connection Sharing.
- Windows 2000 (2000): Windows 2000 was a business-oriented version of Windows and introduced support for active directory, network printing, and support for Plug and Play hardware.
- Windows XP (2001): Windows XP was a consumer-oriented version of Windows and was the first version to combine the features of Windows 2000 and Windows 98. It was also the first version of Windows to feature the now-iconic “Luna” visual style.
- Windows Vista (2006): Windows Vista was a major update to Windows XP and introduced a new visual style, improved security features, and support for new hardware.
- Windows 7 (2009): Windows 7 was an update to Windows Vista and focused on improving performance and stability.
- Windows 8 (2012): Windows 8 was a major redesign of Windows and introduced a new touchscreen-friendly interface and support for new hardware.
- Windows 10 (2015): Windows 10 was a major update to Windows 8 and reintroduced the Start menu, as well as introducing support for virtual desktops and improved security features.
- Windows 11 (2022): Windows 11 is the latest version of Windows, it was announced in 2021 and released in 2022, it is designed for touch, pen, keyboard, and mouse and it has been optimized for collaboration and productivity.
Activating and Licensing:
To activate and license a version of Windows, you will need a valid license key or product key. These keys are typically provided with the purchase of a new version of Windows or can be purchased separately. Once you have a valid key, you can enter it during the installation process or enter it into the activation section of the operating system after installation.
The evolution of Microsoft Windows has been a long and fascinating journey, from the humble beginnings of Windows 1 to the latest version, Windows 11. Each version has introduced new features and improved upon the previous versions in various ways. With Windows 11, Microsoft is focusing on collaboration and productivity, which should make it an even more powerful operating system. And as always, activating and licensing the operating system requires a valid license key or product key.