All you need to know about Windows 11 | Windows 11 features and update

Microsoft is going to release Windows11 this year with some exciting features and a brand new design. Windows11 is the next windows operating system which is the improved version of windows 10.
The new version of Windows has many exciting features and new application icons with rounded and customisable corners.

Home screen of the Windows11
Image credit : Microsoft
Windows 11 home
The new version of Windows is designed to work smoothly on all types of devices from Pen, touch to mouse.

Windows 11 is the successor to the latest windows 10 and it will be available as a free upgrade to windows11 for 10 users through Windows update.
Although , Microsoft hasn’t yet announced the exact date or month of the new windows launch but they have made it clear in the press and on their official site that the new version will be available soon this year .

Windows 11 has new features

Windows 11 is the updated version of Windows 10 . It has all the power and security of its previous version with a new design and fresh look. Windows 11 has new tools, sound and apps. It is designed for all types of devices such as pen, touch and mouse. It’s securer then window 10 .

Windows 11 fresh look video

Windows 11 startup sound

Updating your windows operating system to Windows 11

Windows 10 uses will be able to update their current version to windows 11 without paying anything to Microsoft through the windows update method as they will get a direct link to update their OS. However if you are not using windows version less the 10 and want to direct update to the new version then you will need to buy the Windows11 product key from Microsoft.

Windows11 update methods

System requirements to download windows 11

The following is the minimum system requirements your machine must have in order to install and use the Windows 11 oprating software

    In order to run windows11 smoothly :

  • Your processor must be 64Bit, 1 gigahertz duel or more cores .
    Windows 11 doesn’t work on 32Bit proccesser , you must upgrade your processor to 64Bit before updating to the new version of windows.
  • The minimum RAM required to run Windows11 smoothly is 4GB . If your system RAM is lower then the required format you must upgrade your RAM for the better experience.
  • The minimum storage capacity is 64GB or more.
  • Upgrade your HHD to SSD for better and smoother windows 11 experience.
  • DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x graphic card
  • The minimum display resolution 720px .
  • Microsoft account and a working internet connection is required to set up windows 11.

History of Microsoft Windows OS versions since 1985 (windows versions history)

Windows operating system 1985 – 2021 (windows versions history)

Microsoft Windows logo and history since 1985

On this page you will see a complete list of all Microsoft Windows versions since 1985 with their release date , support status and more.
1985 was the year when the world of computer changed with a modern operating system called Windows . The first version of Windows was named as Window 1.0 and then many other versions of Windows were released by Microsoft.
The goal of this page is to show you the complete history of Windows operating systems relesed by Microsoft since 1985 .

The journey of Microsoft windows from 1.0 to windows 11

Windows version Released on Support status
Windows 1.0 November 20, 1985 Support ended on December 31, 2001
Windows 2.0 December 9, 1987 Support ended on December 31, 2001
Windows 3.0 May 22, 1990 Support ended on December 31, 2001
Windows 3.1 April 6, 1992 Support ended on December 31, 2001
Windows 95 August 15, 1995 Support ended on December 31, 2001
Windows 98 May 15, 1998 Support ended on July 11, 2006
Windows Me June 19, 2000 Support ended on July 11, 2006
Windows XP August 24, 2001 Support ended on April 08, 2014
Windows Vista November 8, 2006 Support ended on April 13, 2021
Windows 7 July 22, 2009 Support ended on January 14, 2020
Windows 8 August 1, 2012 Active
Windows 8.1 August 27, 2013 Active
Windows 10 July 15, 2015 Active
Windows 11 Not yet released _____

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Microsoft windows 1.0 the first windows operating system in the computer history

Windows 1.0 monitor

Windows 1.0 was the very first windows operating system software released by Microsoft on November 20, 1985. This version of windows ran as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation, providing an environment which could run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software.
Windows 1.0 was last updated to Windows 1.04 on April 1987 and became deprecated on December 31, 2001.

Windows 1.0

Microsoft windows 1.0
Developed By Microsoft
Released on November 20, 1985
Last updated April, 1987
Licence Commercial software
Succeeded by Succeeded by
Windows 2.0 (1987)
Preceded by Preceded by
MS-DOS 1981
Support status Support status ended on December 31, 2001

Windows 1.0 system requirements

The minimum RAM required to run the Windows 1.0 was 256 KB which means that the system with maximum 512KB RAM could use the version smoothly that time. If you compare this to today’s filesystem and softwares you can see a huge difference between the RAM and memory sizes now in order to work on the system we need at least 1 GB of RAM .

The following were the system requirements to install windows 1.0 in 1985 :

  • 256 Killobite or more RAM
  • 2 double-sided disk drives or hard drive.
  • MS-DOS 2.0
  • Video: CGA/HGC/EGA

Microsoft windows 1.0 included programs

  • Microsoft Calculator
  • Windows Calendar
  • Clipboard Viewer
  • Clock
  • Windows Notepad
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Reversi
  • Cardfile
  • Terminal Emulator
  • Windows Write

Microsoft windows 1.0 sounds

Windows1.0 startup sound :

Windows1.0 startup screen


Microsoft Windows98 the version that reminds us of our childhood

Windows 98

Windows98 was released by Microsoft on June 25, 1998 this was the year when I celebrated my 8th birthday 😃. I have always been a big fan of this version of windows because it reminds me of my childhood memories.
The windows operating system version before Windows95 was Windows95 which was released by Microsoft on August 15, 1995 and the next version was Windows Me released in 2000.

The second and the final edition of Win98 was released 22 years ago on May 5, 1999 .

Windows 98 was the first Windows operating system to adopt the Windows Driver Model.
This version of windows also introduced features that would become standard in future generations of Windows, such as Disk Cleanup, Windows Update, multi-monitor support, and
Internet Connection Sharing.

Windows 98 Home screen
Windows 98 Home screen

Windows 98 HP Brio CPU
Windows 98 Home CPU

Windows98 minimum system requirements

  • 486DX 66 MHz or better processor (Pentium recommended).
  • 16 megabytes (MB) of memory (24 MB recommended).
  • 120 MB minimum of free hard-disk space (Note that typical installation requires approximately 195 MB of free hard-disk space, but may range between 120 MB to 295 MB, depending.
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
  • 3.5-inch high-density floppy disk drive
  • Display adapter and monitor that support VGA or higher resolution
  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.

Windows98 support status

The Mainstream support ended on June 30, 2002.

The extended support ended on July 11, 2006 .

Windows98 website as of 1999 on .

Windows98 sounds

Microsoft windows98 startup sound :

Microsoft windows98 shutdown sound :

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