The 10 Greatest Versions of Windows, Ranked

learninmypc

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Over the past 35 years, Microsoft has released at least 30 major versions of the Windows operating system. But they weren’t all created equal, so we thought it would be fun to rank the 10 greatest desktop versions of this essential OS.
The Ranking Criteria
When someone says that something was the “greatest,” it suggests that it had a combination of legacy, impact, innovation, and capability for its time. That’s the recipe at play here in this ranking, which is not (and never could be) a definitive list to objectively prove which version of Windows is “the best.”

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bazz2004

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I started with 98 too. 98 was good enough to get me to buy a PC but it was hopelessly unreliable. We lived in fear of the blue screen of death.

The latest is always likely to be the best apart from Windows 8. If Microsoft had made mobile phones a priority early enough the apps would have been there for Windows phones.

XP was great at the time and flourished through three service packs. Number two for me.

Windows 10 is an impressive platform. It's way out in front and I hope it doesn't get too bloated.
 

pcmasterrrrrace9

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Over the past 35 years, Microsoft has released at least 30 major versions of the Windows operating system. But they weren’t all created equal, so we thought it would be fun to rank the 10 greatest desktop versions of this essential OS.
The Ranking Criteria
When someone says that something was the “greatest,” it suggests that it had a combination of legacy, impact, innovation, and capability for its time. That’s the recipe at play here in this ranking, which is not (and never could be) a definitive list to objectively prove which version of Windows is “the best.”

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While many people might hate it, I loved everything about windows 7
 

bazz2004

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Sadly, that's the debate that doesn't go away on here. Security is far easier for those moving forward with Microsoft. Windows 8 made it look better than it was.
 

bazz2004

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It sounds appealing to freeze progress with Windows but living in the past or present won't work. Although it hurts we have to move forward. All the new security protocols for installing Windows 11 are worrying but security against the bad guys is getting a bigger and bigger issue. Using a virtual OS within the latest version of Windows is the way to go if you must have W7.
 

Jblazsek

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Problem with Windows 7 is the lack of support across the board with MS and new browser technologies. It was good in it's time but that time has passed.