The Case Against Vista Part 2

The last time I was ranting about Vista, I was explaining that when Windows ’95 came out (and honestly, this wasn’t complete until Windows ’98 SE) there was a glaring need for businesses to migrate from Windows 3.11. Let’s take a look at the pluses

  1. Windows ’95 offered long file names. For those of you who don’ t remember, when you saved a file back in the day, you needed to name it to fit the DOS 8.3 naming convention. I had users that lost files because they couldn’t remember what they named the file J
  2. Although not perfect, Plug and Play (plug and pray back in 1995) was a big leap forward as far as business operating systems go. We are used to now just plugging in a camera, usb drive, etc into the computer and for the most part, it works. That wasn’t the case until Windows 95 came out
  3. Windows ’95 relieved a lot of the old DOS 640K memory limitations. It didn’t take care of it all, but it was still a lot better than Windows 3.11
  4. Built-in network support for TCP/IP, Banyan, and Novell. This was HUGE as far as network administration was concerned. No more loading clients on each workstation

There were some negatives, mostly in the fact that plug and play wasn’t always reliable, and the system did crash some J. Additionally, a lot of old software didn’t play well with Windows ’95. The end result that until Windows 98 SE, many businesses ended up using Windows NT 4 Workstation. Soon, though, Windows was about change everything with the advent of Windows XP


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