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Dinosaur Sightings: Windows splash screens from 1.01 to 7

Windows splash screens

Ever since the dawn of the Windows operating system, Microsoft has used Splash Screens as a means of distracting us while the operating system is loading. In addition to their entertainment value, the Windows splash screens typically provide us with some sort of feedback on the progress of the sometimes lengthy startup process.

In this gallery, you’ll be able to browse through all the splash screens from Windows 1.01 to Windows 7.

This gallery was originally published in June 2010.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

251 comments
lloverin
lloverin

Still have install diskettes and the box for these dinosaurs. Once loaded onto my Win 7 box, and forgot how to close SuperCalc. Many memories.

eandersen
eandersen

I've been using Windows since 1.0, DOS prior and after among others since like OS2 Warp, Linux and OS X in various flavors including before OS X. Best OS I've ever used is Windows 2000, stable as a rock, the worst and shortest lived was Windows ME, what a turd.

mrk20
mrk20

Where's the Windows 2000 Server splash screen?

1ronman
1ronman

ok, call met a nerd...I have a collection of the metal "Designed for Windows XX" from the front Dell Machines for every version of Windows back to 95, also have Intel stickers for almost every Intel Process back to the original "Intel Inside!" stickers. Yep Yep! Nerd! Its a badge I wear with Pride! Also have Windows memorabilia such as the "Do More with Less" t-shirts still in the wrapper that they gave out at Windows 2003 launch. No one on my team would wear them because they immediatly became the focus of little penis jokes.

srush
srush

The windows splash screens brought back memories, but I to enjoyed early versions of DOS, and the fun and games of memory manager - emm386? and the 3rd party ones. Excluding basic editors like Edlin, I started with a product called NewWord, and a spreadsheet package called Cracker! That was used on an HM Systems mini computer with a Token Ring network, and a new fangled relational database system called Dataflex. Oh and the 5 1/4" disks were 'hard sectored' to start with.. Going back even further (dare I..) I remember using punch tape.. but that's another story.. I wonder what 'tech' will look like in another 25 years? Scary! Steve @Amitwirly

jkameleon
jkameleon

I just remembered the long hours I've wasted wrestling with these things. In those days, it was more fun to write programs for embedded computers with no OS whatsoever. Ungh... must... fight... the... urge... to... remove... Windows 7 from my multi-boot machine... Well, OK, W7 is pretty neat, nice to work with, and solid as a rock, unlike pre-XP versions. The the bad aftertaste they left will remain forever, though.

Joutcast
Joutcast

Is it me or was Server 2003 missed?

tvmuzik
tvmuzik

I thought I'd been through "ALL" the Micros#1t OSes when I used to run 3.11, 95, 98SE, ME, XPhome, XPpro, Win7pro, and now Win7ultimate... But now I've come to realize there were all these other Windows OSes (many of these in the NT relm). Windows CE is missing from this collection. Some Palm machines and netbooks today are still using CE. Oh well, I saved all these images- perhaps I'll make a screensaver with them. Or even Cooler: I'll replace my Windows7 Ultimate's splash screen with Windows 1.01 just to freak my friends out when they see me boot my netbook "to a dinosaur OS". LOL!

slvr1969
slvr1969

I worked on all Windows 3.0 to Windows 7. The best are Windows NT Workstation, XP and Windows 7.

slvr1969
slvr1969

I worked on all Windows 3.0 to Windows 7. The best are Windows NT Workstation, XP and Windows 7.

yodi.collins
yodi.collins

I'm totally going to use these screen shots as desktop backgrounds.

robertcevans23
robertcevans23

Tokyo, Chess, Toasters, and much much more. I still keep some of them and use them for fun. Surprising how few people really remember, or were just too young to see them at all.

eljainc
eljainc

They forgot Microsoft Bob!!!!

CodeCurmudgeon
CodeCurmudgeon

I had PCs which came with Windows 1.1. I fooled with it for a while, removed it from my machine and did not install it on my users machines 'cause it was pretty worthless. The first edition of Windows which was worth the trouble of installing was 3.0 "Microsoft delenda est!"

john
john

No MS collection is complete without Microsoft Bob

impcyz
impcyz

I'm with several others - been there for all.

lbindustries1
lbindustries1

There is one that is missing. What happened to Windows CE. I believe that it was released sometime around October of 2001

kevsan
kevsan

Unfortunately I remember them all. Fortunately I skipped Win1 through to 3.11 and jumped over ME. The most annoying of all was lousy, and still is, networking, still not a true multi tasking OS and when will they introduce a dual pane Windows Explorer. My biggest annoyance is that Windows becomes more and more a do it our way system. Getting close to the Mac philosophy.

danieldiasmauro
danieldiasmauro

A quite nice collection! I used to see that Windows 3.1 on my IBM every day....wow that was nice days!!

richlouie99
richlouie99

I went through the gamut of GUI's, from Geoworks to Windows 1.0, on up. I ran IBM's OS2 for awhile there also. Great O.S., nearly bulletproof. IBM did a lousy job of marketing it however and I remember jumping through hoops to get my hands on updates, etc.

SurrenderDorothy
SurrenderDorothy

IBM/OS2, Linux, FreeBSD, free Solaris,GEOS, GeoWorks... ANYthing but Windows!!

brodriguez
brodriguez

I was too young to play with NT 3.5. Didn't know NT got a tramp stamp

Blimie
Blimie

If I recall, the splash screen for 98 changed if you had the 98 plus pack installed. XPmce also had it's own splash screen but since it was targeted at a different market it may not fit.

gjohloc
gjohloc

Nice walk down memory lane. I have come in contact with all of them and I have worked on about half of them. Amazing!

rfolden
rfolden

Probably the most "productive" older combination of software I used for any length of time. Had a Compaq portable 286 with 4 whole MegaBytes of Expanded Memory. Desqview allowed me to copy and paste between DOS applications and "multitask" betwixt them like a pro.

theoctagon911
theoctagon911

Talk about flashbacks wow! I had totally forgotten about Windows 386! OMG! I used that in a data center for tracking vehicles back in the early 90's! It didn't do the work, but it was our 'official' workstation OS. The one I don't recognize is the third from the last. the blank one. What is that one from?

kaspencer
kaspencer

I still have original media and the booklets (Paintbrush, Write, etc) that came with Windows 1.03, as well as original media for 2.03, though I'm not sure whether I have the documentation. I have media for all the other major versions, but of course printed documentation isn't now supplied with an Action Pack subscription. Maybe it's time for an eBay sale!

sunnetmedia
sunnetmedia

3.1 , windwos 95 , 98 SE ,windwos 2000, Xp Sp2 , Win 7, server 2008 are the best operating systems --

epbwhiz
epbwhiz

I think the NT4 screenshot is from SP3 or 4. Previous didn't have the stars.

jcanino20
jcanino20

Regarding the splash screen for version 1.01. Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy: A bright blue screen with white lettering on it. We might be on to something... hmmm!

scorpion_saga
scorpion_saga

Wow, makes me feel old. The interesting thing is I have purchased licenses for almost all these OS's Wonder if we get a rebate after so many years?

navy_crypto
navy_crypto

It has to be said.....what about bob?

tvanalst
tvanalst

You forgot your great-great-great-grandpa, Microsoft Executive !

lamonte.thompson
lamonte.thompson

Now that is what you call a walk down memory lane. Some of the memories not so pleasant.

genesimages
genesimages

Talk about Deja Vu all over again...! I have not seen some of these since woring for the Federal Government who never gets rid of anything. Does anyone have or know of a copy of the original shrink-wrapped DOS 1.0? I am looking for it somply as a Gag Gift for a friend. genesimages....

rlandgraf
rlandgraf

Don't forget Windows 286 (aka 2.11) 1989 - I believe

d2674
d2674

What happend to the rare and very very very short lived Windows 97?

mcp111
mcp111

You should also have a slideshow option.

GoodOh
GoodOh

You can't see the bsod more often than the boot sequence. Even if the sucker crashed everytime you started up it can only be one for one. There can't be MORE complete failures then boot-ups.

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

Too many of you are missing the point that this was a _Windows_ splash screen photo gallery. Windows does not include DOS, or DOS managers, or OS/2. Give the guy a break.

jermworm
jermworm

Yes OS/2 really was a microsoft product.

yorkie17
yorkie17

Could not see Window Media Edition

segisbata
segisbata

that's part of windows splash screens...

d13thdragon
d13thdragon

notice that MS-DOS is still here. MS2000 is missing? I am sill using it on a laptop because it runs better then XP. I also noticed a lot of complaints about Windows Vista. I installed it on my mother's computer and it's running just fine. In fact it is the only os she never calls to complain of it crashing. She got a win 7 Pro laptop and calls at least twice a week about it. Twice a week because she waits 3or 4 days to call. I can't beleave no one is complaining about Win7 and sp1 killing the AMD computers. I will look for that post since this is about "Dinosaur Sightings: Windows splash screens from 1.01 to 7" Very nice I might add.

DNSB
DNSB

Fond memories. Ran my BBS on it when I moved the BBS from it's original CP/M machine. I still have a salmon Team OS/2 t-shirt in the back of the closet from one trade show. Unfond memories of trying to submit an APAR.

Blimie
Blimie

I don't recall all of the service packs but I've worked with almost all of these at one time or another, the ones I haven't (smaller list) would be w1.01, w2.03 (this one looks familiar though, so I may be wrong. Did PCTools run on this version?) w3.0 wME (only time I ever saw this was fixing other peoples systems) All the others I've worked with.

zyclop
zyclop

really, the splash screens from different releases of Windows OS only gave us the opportunity to discuss how we have come to where we are today. That of course always includes some "ratings".

thephpdeveloper
thephpdeveloper

hahas.. those screens you get. they counted as splash? i don't think so.