WTF: Man Upgrades VM from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7

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What? I didn’t think something like this was possible! Funnily enough, the guy skipped Windows ME! :)

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20 Responses to WTF: Man Upgrades VM from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7

  1. Wow! That's really cool! I didn't think you could upgrade all the way like that without there being some sort of compatibility problem. I'm amazed that Doom made it through everything (except 2000). I noticed he didn't mention Monkey Island though. I wonder if that one stopped working?

    I have to wonder if the upgrade path would have gone as smoothly if the OS in question had been put through their normal passes by consumer. Lots more programs and drivers installed then. Still, for once I gotta give Microsoft props for a job well done. :)

    • Windows ME… ah what a fail that was, you had to do a fresh install of that crap every 14 days in order to use your computer. Yeah I discovered linux at during that dark period as well.

    • ME probably just didn't work well in the upgrade process shown.

      I try to forget about the whole damn experience until some jackass like you brings it up again. ;).

    • That's not really a "skip" as NT and 95 /98 were parallel OS's in MS's grand plan. He should have really skipped 2000 too.

    • Yes, he skipped NT 3.51 and 4.0, but if he had chosen to go that route, he would not have been able to try Windows 95 and 98. But I agree with you, that the games probably would have failed on these, the same way it did on 2000.

    • Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0 were not in the upgrade path for the consumer products. Windows 2000 was. To use the former OS variants would have required an overwrite not an upgrade.

  2. from his tech blog:

    "Why Didn't you Install Windows ME?

    Since Windows ME cannot be upgraded to 2000, I chose to install 2000 straight from 98 as it was chronologically the next release. I might do an "alternate history" version to see what going from 98 to ME to XP looks like."

    or course ya gotta remember – he's not actually using the programs, but I would like to know the long term effects of the residue Windows ME would leave on XP, Vista, & 7

  3. He does point out that ME is skipped specifically because upgrades from ME were not possible. This is no doubt because Microsoft recognized what a piece of crap ME was and they didn't want anybody bringing anything from it forward. Also, just because you "can" do this doesn't mean you should in actuality. I can only imagine the nightmarish registry you would have after 20+ years of Windows operations and upgrades…

  4. He does point out that ME is skipped specifically because upgrades from ME were not possible. This is no doubt because Microsoft recognized what a piece of crap ME was and they didn't want anybody bringing anything from it forward. Also, just because you "can" do this doesn't mean you should in actuality. I can only imagine the nightmarish registry you would have after 20+ years of Windows operations and upgrades…

  5. He wouldn't be able to do it with a physical PC, as the hardware would either be incompatible at the ends, or not sufficient. with the VM, he must have changed the RAM, as windows 1.0 will not recognise the concept of enough RAM to run Vista. Also, he must have change the partitions, as windows 1.0 does not accept a hard disk of 7GB, the amount required to install windows 7.
    So, no it isn't really possible…. nice concept though!

    • Are you just trying to be argumentative and look 'smart', or do you normally miss obvious things?

      Ignoring the lack of day to day usage, this could have been done on hardware, but would require constant changes of the hardware. Rolling upgrades (piece meal) as much as possible, and disk cloning where the drive itself would have to change. But this means getting a lot of hardware, and trying to locate drivers. A lot of hassle just to address annoying people who want to try to appear smart while actually making asinine comments.

  6. I agree, that this is not something, that you would typically do in the real world, you could do hardware upgrades and transfer your data from one PC to another and Do this in the real world. But what if you start with the highend PC and install DOS 5 on it? You can't use the full amount of memory or disk, but could you install DOS 5 anyway? The only thing, I can see that you have to do is expanding the partition as we get further into the process.