Microsoft Windows 3.x is where it all started for most of us

The first version of Windows most TechRepublic members used was 3.x, but the poll shows just how common that experience turns out to be.

Before the end of the year, Greg Shultz created a retrospective look at Microsoft Windows splash screens, spanning all the way from 1.0 to Windows 8. The gallery had me waxing nostalgic about the many versions of the Windows operating system I have used over the years. My first Windows experience was Windows 3.0.

The memories had me wondering how common my experience was when compared to the rest of the TechRepublic membership, which meant it was time to take a poll. I asked this simple question:

What version of Windows was your first version of Windows?

The results of the poll showed that my experience was indeed most common, but I did not anticipate the magnitude by which Windows 3.x would dominate the poll. Does your personal experience match the poll results?


Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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