Watch Windows upgrade from 1.0 to Windows 8 Pro

Ever wanted to spend an hour of your life watching Windows upgrade from the very first release right through to the most recent? Well now you can, thanks to YouTuber ZlotyObin, who has compiled a video of his upgrade path from Windows 1.0 to Windows 8 Pro, firing up a copy of the classic game Doom II occasionally as he successfully boots into his freshly upgraded copy of Windows for the first time.

It's interesting to note that he manages to upgrade from Windows 1.01 through 2.03, 3.0a, 3.1 and 95 in the first five minutes or so of the video, while installing Windows Vista takes longer than all of these combined. It's also a great way to see how the installation process for Windows has changed through the ages, from 1985 to 2012.

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Excellent video, bringing back the painful memories of reinstalling windows every 6 months. I was very impressed by the end though... Windows 8 looks like the best thing for, well, years.

I wonder if Windows operating systems are like music... do they still look fresh so long later? My favourite memories were with ME (not for the OS) but my best experience has been Metro. Does that say more about my life then my computer? Probably.

londan said,
Excellent video, bringing back the painful memories of reinstalling windows every 6 months. I was very impressed by the end though... Windows 8 looks like the best thing for, well, years.

I wonder if Windows operating systems are like music... do they still look fresh so long later? My favourite memories were with ME (not for the OS) but my best experience has been Metro. Does that say more about my life then my computer? Probably.


My own favorite memories may have been in the 16-bit era. It's hard not to gush about the fun times in and out of DOS, messing with autoexec.bat/config.sys, the dial-up online services and BBSs, and how everything done on a computer came with an act of discovery.

Stuff is better now, but it's a shame we're past that age. Now it's all about immersion and visceral UX, which is interesting, and the right place to be now, but there was just something about how much lower-level it all was back then, and how everything really felt like there was hardware and software behind it. Nothing still has that feel, not even the crappiest Linuxes.

Like +V-Tech I'm old enough to remember what it was like to install all of these programs (I started with a brand-new Timex Sinclair 1000 then moved on to an Atari 800 system...) I still have the installation disks for all of these operating systems (Windows 1.0 thru Windows 8) but I would need to put a dual drive with 5 1/4" and 3 1/2" floppy drives into it so I could install them on a hard drive.

Windows evolved into the dominant desktop operating system and although there have been several missteps over the years, it's certain that providing a consistent look and feel to the operating system and applications has enabled Microsoft to keep the lead despite the move to alternative devices.

So lets try this with the first Mac OS and upgrade it to the most recent version of OS X. Oh wait you can't. I like how he still ran Doom in Windows 8, though it took a 3rd party applications.

I had no idea Windows 3.x apps would still work and look exactly the same. Amazing video!

ShareShiz said,
Actually my first time seeing Windows ME.

Good thing no one uses that version.

You're lucky, Windows ME was my Vietnam.

I really don't get this hatred for ME, same as the hatred Vista and Win8 received.
These OS ran fine for me, Win8 runs fine for me. I enjoyed em all in the time.

Compared to Win98 (not SE), WinME was solid as a rock.
Lightweight, used 1/5th the resources WinXP does... And it crashed rarely on me. perfectly fine OS in those days for gaming.

Shadowzz said,
I really don't get this hatred for ME, same as the hatred Vista and Win8 received.
These OS ran fine for me, Win8 runs fine for me. I enjoyed em all in the time.

Compared to Win98 (not SE), WinME was solid as a rock.
Lightweight, used 1/5th the resources WinXP does... And it crashed rarely on me. perfectly fine OS in those days for gaming.


Most people have never even encountered WinMe in person. It's just good old-fashioned hip-to-hate stuff that people don't bother putting any thought into.

There is a nice, nostalgic feeling about the Windows 98 install... I am happy that I haven't had to see that for ages!

unksi said,
There is a nice, nostalgic feeling about the Windows 98 install... I am happy that I haven't had to see that for ages!

The Windows 95 install is crazy for me. I haven't thought about that install screen in ages. Probably because I had the floppy edition and had to avoid the horror of reinstalling that way.

Brony said,
Here is not blocked and i live in a "generic banana-country"

Problem is in Germany ALLES IST VERBOTEN
Even music without any rights, open music. If i upload such a song to Youtube, the first notice i get, is from frigging Germany.

Righteous or not, those ******* constantly attempt to censor the internet. And unfortunally Google gives the freedom to these companies to block ANYTHING THEY WANT... ridiculous.

NT4 was stable but Windows 2000 became the first that was worthy of using at home. I used Windows 2000 well after XP came out. Shame it was skipped.

Bitaljus said,
and no win2000: the first stable os from MS(after dos). i still remember the kernel32.dll blue screens from win98

I don't think you could upgrade to Windows 2000 from Windows 98. I believe the only upgrade path for Win 2000 was from Windows NT 4. It's been awhile though; I could be wrong.

Bitaljus said,
and no win2000

You can't upgrade 2000 > ME so thats why he skipped it. I guess he also decided to use ME as it was aimed at consumers, 2000 was more for business.

This video had compressed time moments as well

I like how at the end they were fiddling with the Windows 8 UI change and no start button, shows how much that drastic change can flip up even the long time windows users

Phantom Helix said,
This video had compressed time moments as well

I like how at the end they were fiddling with the Windows 8 UI change and no start button, shows how much that drastic change can flip up even the long time windows users

long time windows users? once apon a time there was no start menu

DKAngel said,

long time windows users? once apon a time there was no start menu


So you just casually ignored that period of 17 years with one did you?

And we are casually ignoring the decade we went without a start menu?
more then 1/3rd of the time of Windows' existence there hasn't been a start button.

But thats okay. We are also ignoring the fact that hundreds of thousands of people cried rivers about the Windows 95 GUI and its Start menu/button?
The only difference with that is, the internet is much more popular as it was back then and average joe's didn't give a flying hoop about what some random person on the internet had to say. But nowadays lots of people mindlessly follow the loudly crying minority.

Pretty nice work by the guy in all. Occasionally flits into Linux to resize the disk or do something.

The thing that impressed me most was that his colour scheme persisted from 2.0.3 O.O

Still waiting to see how he goes from FAT32 -> NTFS

I remember someone doing this up to windows 7, though i think they compressed their video down a lot to about 15 minutes or something there abouts.

It's a cool thing though.

tomwarren said,
Yup, this is a total rip off of that. The other one is much more informative and well put together.

How is upgrading from Windows 1.0 to Windows 8 a rip off? You saying someone has the rights to this process on Youtube?

Yes, that music was just some of the most awful drivel I've heard in years...

Why not just add music from the actual time period of each version?

virtorio said,
Well I learned one thing from all that, apart from the last song, I really don't care for that new Daft Punk album.

Not listening to it loud enough

ccoltmanm said,
I wanna see it out of VMware.

You could probably do it up to Windows 7, Windows 8 would likely fall over on old hardware due to no nx support.

I'm sure a windows 7 has been shown running on some 300mhz PC in the past.

V-Tech said,
I'm old enough to remember it I started with the DOS on my first PC and moved up since then...

Indeed, DOS. and DR DOS.....

"while installing Windows Vista takes longer than all of these combined."

That's a good way to perpetuate Vista's negative image.

Did you remember that the older operating systems have the advantage of running on better hardware configurations than when they were released?

Nashy said,
Of course there is. Your point sums up exactly why I should be sarcastic.

Perhaps you just misunderstood what I meant?

What's even worse about that comment is Windows 8 takes longer than Windows Vista does to install.

Windows Vista - 10 Minutes (23:00 - 33:00)
Windows 8 - 12 Minutes (48:00 - 1:00:00)

You guys need to see that they are installing using VMWare. Floppy images are virtually instant on access times vs a real floppy so the times are NOT realistic by any means. The time comparison here is invalid.

Added notes...
1) Yes I'm aware that Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 were also on cd isos (most likely) so the issue is moot there too...
2) The previous installers were designed for older hardware so on newer hardware they will run/process loads faster than newer os configurations. They also didn't have to do that much.