8.1 just for fun

TechnoMage

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I was right with you, till you mentioned Google Chrome! I've had to remove that POC from many of my customer's PC's. It had crawled in, like a typical Virus, and tried to take over, and the poor PC owner had no idea what it was, or where it came from. They sure as heck didn't ask for it. I won't allow that thing anywhere near my PC.
I stopped reading at that point.

My CLEAN install is still a work in progress. Today, I found where Firefox hides its saved 'Log Ins' and Passwords, and I was able to copy those two files from my old SSD to my new SSD.

To get any OS back to where I like it, requires dozens of little tweaks, and I've been tweaking and tuning all day. But what else is a retiree going to do?
Right now my new and improved Windows 8.1/Pro/64 is really looking Good!

Cheers mates,
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Happy 4th!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

spapakons

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Google Chrome often installs along with other software as an offer. I hate it when I have a couple of tabs open and Chrome has over ten instances loaded in Task Manager draining my computer resources. For a full recovery of Firefox from backup see my previous post.
 

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    Windows 10/11 Pro 64-bit (was Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 full ATX s1155
    Memory
    2x Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyper X Blu
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony 19" TV (VGA connection)
    Screen Resolution
    1440X900 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    480GB SSD (one for 10 one for 11), 4GB HDD for data
    PSU
    600W
    Case
    Old white case (to hide I actually have a modern PC)
    Cooling
    Intel CPU fan
    Keyboard
    OEM PS/2 keyboard (to save USB ports)
    Mouse
    OEM PS/2 mouse (to save USB ports)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50MBps
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Dual boot Windows 10 and 11 (change boot priority). Windows 11 installed with compatibility check bypass hack in Legacy BIOS mode, no TPM, no Secure Boot. For details visit Elevenforum

TechnoMage

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One of my favorite programs to add to a new OS install, is "Super Anti Spyware". But it has one drawback when you install it, there is an option BOX that you have to UNCHECK, to keep it from installing Chrome. I learned my lesson..... I always UNCHECK that one box now, on every install.

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    Win-8.1/Pro/64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
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    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
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spapakons

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When installing any software I prefer the custom installation so I can change the default location if needed and also control what is getting installed. I make sure to uncheck any unwanted software.
 

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    Windows 10/11 Pro 64-bit (was Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 full ATX s1155
    Memory
    2x Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyper X Blu
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony 19" TV (VGA connection)
    Screen Resolution
    1440X900 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    480GB SSD (one for 10 one for 11), 4GB HDD for data
    PSU
    600W
    Case
    Old white case (to hide I actually have a modern PC)
    Cooling
    Intel CPU fan
    Keyboard
    OEM PS/2 keyboard (to save USB ports)
    Mouse
    OEM PS/2 mouse (to save USB ports)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50MBps
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Dual boot Windows 10 and 11 (change boot priority). Windows 11 installed with compatibility check bypass hack in Legacy BIOS mode, no TPM, no Secure Boot. For details visit Elevenforum

TechnoMage

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I don't care about the location, , , I just don't want no CRAP installing along with the program that I'm trying to get. Remember.... "Minus crud is cool!"

Just for fun: Today I pulled the new Crucial 500GB SSD from my bedroom PC and installed it into a similar PC that I keep in my living room, just as a spare.
So now my SSD with my Windows 8.1/Pro/64 on it, is alive and well in an Acer Aspire AX-1200, instead of the HP Slimline that I've been using for several years.
I've been having some weird problems that I attributed to the old motherboard in the HP.
The transplant went off without a hitch, and after just a few short minutes of Win-8.1 installing drivers for the new PC, it took off and ran like a Champ!
I'm on it now, and if anything, it seems to be a little faster. Both PC's have AMD Athlon CPU's but I think the one in this Acer is a little bit faster. Both PC's are Dual Core with 4GB of DDR2 ram.
I can't find the Made-On date, but his little Acer originally came with Windows Vista and Office 2007 on it. That's at least a clue to its age. (possible first date available 2009)

I'm still just having FUN with this great little PC.

Y'all have a great day now,
TM :cool:
 

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  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

spapakons

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Even if drivers were installed automatically, I would manually download and install the latest graphics drivers to make sure I get the best performance of the computer.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11 Pro 64-bit (was Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 full ATX s1155
    Memory
    2x Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyper X Blu
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony 19" TV (VGA connection)
    Screen Resolution
    1440X900 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    480GB SSD (one for 10 one for 11), 4GB HDD for data
    PSU
    600W
    Case
    Old white case (to hide I actually have a modern PC)
    Cooling
    Intel CPU fan
    Keyboard
    OEM PS/2 keyboard (to save USB ports)
    Mouse
    OEM PS/2 mouse (to save USB ports)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50MBps
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Dual boot Windows 10 and 11 (change boot priority). Windows 11 installed with compatibility check bypass hack in Legacy BIOS mode, no TPM, no Secure Boot. For details visit Elevenforum

TechnoMage

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OH, it got the correct driver! No problem there! Don't mess with success!
 

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    Win-8.1/Pro/64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

TechnoMage

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Now, it's a month later, and my little PC with 8.1 on it is still running just great, with Zero Problems.
I did some tweaking and tuning on Firefox and greatly improved my Internet performance.
I recently downloaded Windows 11 in less than a half hour. Not bad for this little, OLD, PC.

Cheers Mates!
TM :cool:
 

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  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

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Now, it's a month later, and my little PC with 8.1 on it is still running just great, with Zero Problems.
Of course it will, why shouldn't it? Great operating system :p

I'd use my Windows 8.1 tablet but these days it's pretty much impossible. This modern web stuff is just too much for it.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7 3770
    Motherboard
    ASRock B75 Pro3-M
    Memory
    HyperX Fury DDR3 2x4GB 1866MHz + 2x2GB Samsung Sticks
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 560 TI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston A400 240GB
    1TB SEAGATE HDDs
    Internet Speed
    10 Mb/s | 2Mb/s
    Browser
    Google Chrome 96, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 80
    Antivirus
    No third-party Antivirus software is installed on my system.
    Other Info
    I don't update my installation of Windows. I find it unnecessary.
    Also, i've disabled Windows Defender and Windows Firewall because i don't need them!😂

TechnoMage

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Continuing with my hobby of trying out new versions of OS's, I just recently downloaded the October version of Windows 8.1/Pro/64.
Then burned it to a Flash Drive, using Rufus.
I connected one of my spare HD's to my main PC and installed the new version of 8.1 to it.
The install went off without any problems at all. It was the Perfect Install.
I've seen no changes in the program from previous versions. As I expected, it just runs great!
However, I'm almost certain that there have been some bug fixes or tweaks to the CODE to make it either safer or more efficient.

Cheers Mates,
TM :cool:
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

TechnoMage

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Once again, still having fun, I pulled the little 160GB spinner out of my Acer Aspire ONE, Netbook, and plugged it into my big Desktop PC, with a Gigabyte Mobo, 8GB of ram and an AMD 6 core cpu.
On boot up, the little spinner with Windows 8.1/Pro/x86 on it, started installing drivers and making itself at home.
Shortly, it came up and said "HI". With the adjustments complete, it came up and ran just like a Clean Install.
Now that little spinner has found a new home, in a spare drive bay, in my Mid-Tower, Pac Man case. I'll plug it in and run it every once in a while just to keep it all up to date, just in case I need it some day.
One more success..... JUST FOR FUN!

TM :cool:
 

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  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

TechnoMage

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I've looked, and I can't find the Windows XP forum, so I'll put this here, since my main OS is Windows 8.1.

While playing with my old 60GB IDE drive with Win-8.1 on it, I noticed another IDE drive laying nearby. What could possibly be on that drive? So I hooked up that drive to my little ol' eMachine and turned ON the power. WOW! It booted up to Windows XP Professional.
I only vaguely remember even installing that, some time ago. Everything was working except for the Internet Connection. The little Internet icon in the system tray had a big red X on it. When I queried that connection it told me, "Cable not plugged in" or something like that. BS! The cable WAS plugged in and had been working just fine on Windows 8.1 a few minutes earlier.
So, I had this WiFi USB dongle laying nearby (Airlink 101, 300N) and I plugged it into a front panel USB port. It flashed a few times and went ON-LINE. WOW! I really didn't expect that.
I spent the next hour re-familiarizing myself with the OS that I've not used for many years now, since Windows 7 came on the scene.
AS Microsoft OS's go, it really wasn't all that bad. At the time, we all thought it was the cat's meow. I had quite a few Tweaks and Utilities for it, that I still have on my Utilities disk. While I was at it, I set up Outlook Express and sent an email to a friend.
It was really fun, playing with such an old OS again.

Happy Thanksgiving,
TM :cool:
 

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    Win-8.1/Pro/64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

Bree

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It was really fun, playing with such an old OS again.
If you think that was fun/nostalgic then you should try Win'95 or WfW 3.11. I have both running as VirtualBox VMs, networked and everything.
On another machine I have XP, win7, Win 8.1 Hyper-V VMs. They can all see each other and their shares.

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TechnoMage

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My first Microsoft OS was DOS 2.0, I upgraded, upgraded, and upgraded till I finally got to MS DOS 6.22. I remember getting DOS upgrades on 3.5" Floppy Disks. I could just do so much with DOS 6.22.
I got a copy of the early Windows, before Windows 95, and I screamed, "WHY?". It seemed so lame. Even Windows 95 was such a real POS.

I worked in a little Printer/typewriter repair shop and my boss thought I should learn Windows 95 so he signed me up for a course in it at the local Community Education. I was working with it every day in the shop, so I was way ahead of the old lady teaching the course.
I finally dropped out of that course. Then he wanted me to take a course in Microsoft Word. Same thing happened....I was way ahead of the teacher. I wound up teaching "Basic Computer Concepts" at that same Community Education Dept, for three semesters.
Most of my students were over 65 yrs old. It was a real Blast!

So I have no real desire to mess with any OS older than XP. That's the version of Windows where I really learned how to Tweak and Tune an OS for maximum efficiency/performance. And, it was somewhere around then that I discovered the Internet forum "Lockergnome".
And the rest is just history.

Happy Holidays!
TM :cool:
 

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  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

Bree

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...I got a copy of the early Windows, before Windows 95, and I screamed, "WHY?". It seemed so lame. Even Windows 95 was such a real POS....

....I have no real desire to mess with any OS older than XP. That's the version of Windows where I really learned how to Tweak and Tune an OS for maximum efficiency/performance.
My first career was as an electronics engineer. When I got my first PC on my desk it was running Windows 3.1, then shortly after got upgraded to Windows for Workgroups 3.11. I got really proficient at tweaking it for maximum available memory, with EMM386 and loading drivers high. I soon became the informal 'go to' person in my department for PC support.

Then I switched careers to become an IT support engineer, joining a small IT support company, I specialised in server administration and desktop support for Microsoft OS's. During that time Windows '95 was launched. IMHO '95 was the first Windows that was half way usable, being the first to have a Start button and a Taskbar. My company sent me on training courses and I have passed a number of Microsoft MCP exams for both server and workstation OS's. By the time I retired from IT support NT 4.0 for the servers and Windows 95/98 on the desktops was the norm for all our big corporate customers.

My WfW 3.11 VM was just a bit of fun/nostalgia and a personal challenge just to see if I could get it to work on the network ;)

My Windows '95 VM is there for more practical reasons. You may be surprised but questions still crop up occasionally on Ten Forums about networking between 95/98 and Win10.

Happy Thanksgiving.
 

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    Hyper-V

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I started working in the silicon valley as an electronics tech in 1975 and by 1984 I was a manager in IBM's disk drive business. I was provided with a PC that I didn't know how to use so it just sat there. One day my boss ordered me to learn how to use the PC so I started playing with it. It was a 2 floppy model with DOS 2.1. I got Lotus 123 and taught myself how to use it to help with budgeting, employee tracking, issue tracking and stuff like that. I became a wiz at both DOS 2.1 and batch files as well as Lotus macros. I became the goto guy among my peers for computer help. I enjoyed working with the PC so much I bought my first home PC.

I wanted to learn more so took a C programming class at the local community college which further piqued my interest. At this time, IBM decided they needed more people with programming skills so I gave up my sr management position and volunteered for a programming bootcamp. It was a very intense course, 6 months, 8-10 hours/day, 5-6 days a week learning to program using 370 Assembler (mainframe). There were 27 of us that started that class, only 9 graduated.

Even though my job involved programming on mainframes, I still hungered to program for the PC. I took more classes at the local community college like 8086 Assembler, Pascal and C++. Eventually, I moved from the mainframe to programming on the PC for IBM's OS/2 operating system. After a few years of that, I left IBM in 1996 and took a software engineer position working with Windows 95. Over the next 23 years I worked doing software development with every Windows OS thru Win 10. I retired in 2019.

A few years back, I created VMs for every MS OS from DOS up thru Win 7 and kept them readily available to be able to answer forum questions and the like. I still have them archived somewhere but haven't booted any of them in a long while.
 

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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built i7-8700K, Hp Envy x360 EVO Laptop, MS Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 4.7Ghz, 10th Gen Core™ i5-1035G4 1.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, HP, MS
    Memory
    16G, 8G, 8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX580, Intel Iris X Graphics, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4
    Sound Card
    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual Samsung U32J59 32 inch monitors, 13.3" display, 12.3" display
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 (Desktop), 1920x1080 (laptop), 2736x1824 Pro 7
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data (Desktop), 512GB ssd (laptop), 128GB SSD (tablet)
    PSU
    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
    Cooling
    Coolermaster CM 212+
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
    Mouse
    Microsoft IntelliMouse
    Internet Speed
    665Mbps/15Mbps down/up
    Browser
    FireFox, MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender on all
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    Retired in 2015 after working in the tech industry for 41 years. First 10 years as a Technician, the rest as a programmer/software engineer. After 1 year of retirement, I was bored so went back to work as a Robotic Process Automation Consultant. Retired for 3rd (and final) time in 2019.
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