What was your first operating system?

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My first OS has to be Windows 98. It was a self assembled computer and it costed my parents about 45,000 INR. They made around 20K INR combined at that point of time, but my father was crazy about the personal computer and he was saving for a long long time to get one.

While my father dabbled with some C++ on it, the only thing I did was play Roadrash and Dave and browse the internet from time to time. Can't believe 19 years has passed already since the release of one of the world's best Operating Systems. Of course, my father tried dual booting the computer by installing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional for reasons best known to himself.

A few years passed and then came XP. :D Just when you had thought 98 couldn't be bettered, MS amazed the world with XP. It's been a long time since I used a Windows computer, but I think I am indebted to Bill Gates and Microsoft for placing a computer in every kid's room in the 90s.

Unfortunately i didn't have the chance to try the old versions of Microsoft operating systems like 95. I started using computer when the XP was released on an old PC and i was using it only to play games and browse the internet.

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Does a C64 count? If so, that was my first. However, I’m not that old; 286 machines were already available at the time, we just couldn’t afford it.

Fast forward few years, and we bought our first IBM XT; it had a nifty 8088 processor in it. It had MS DOS 5.0 on it, and I loved it so much.

However, by the time I actually started to learn programming, our home computer was a 286 (this was around the 486 era). It had MS DOS 6.22 (I still have the installer disquettes (yes, floppies); I wonder if they still work). I used DOS Shell on it, and Norton Commander (sometimes Volkov, it was much smaller), and a bit later, Microsoft Windows 3.1 (for which I still have the floppies). Oh, and I will never forget my mom’s face when I first tried what the FDISK program can do…

It’s funny to write about all these OSes on my notebook, which has more CPU power and RAM inside that all my childhood computers altogether (including my first AMD Duron machine that I bought, with 512MB of RAM) in a box smaller than my first programming book.

Sounds about like me

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Technically, the first computer I used was an Apple 2 GE back in 3rd or 4th grade. But our first computer came with MS DOS 5 and Windows 3.1.

We had a Radio Shack TRS 80 way back in the day - that was my first experience with programming, but I didn't know I was programming (just reproducing what was in some book) and I don't think dad thought it would lead to an entire career for me. Had to save programs to a cassette tape and it hooked up to a TV, haha.

That damn file explorer in Windows 3.1 and most games send you straight to DOS

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Not sure if the TRS-80 had so much of an operating system as it was just sort of a stateless BASIC interpreter. Hours upon hours of painstaking copying code from a physical magazine GONE when powered down. It was plugged into a really bad colour tv. Eventually I got a cassette tape backup! 💾

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My first operating system was Windows 95, and I used it for the first time back in 1998 when I was 3.

My dad got a PC custom built for himself in his office. He didn't even have a monitor back then. It was just a black and white CRT TV with an external VGA card.

He used to take me to his office every once in a while and I would use MS Paint or play those 8 bit games on it. I strongly believe that to be the seed of whatever I am today as a tech enthusiast and a Software Engineer. :)

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