Dinosaur Sighting: The Norton Utilities 8.0 for Windows/DOS


As you may remember, in 1990, Peter Norton sold his company and its award winning DOS-based products to Symantec. In 1994, after a couple of years of continuing to produce the DOS-based tools, Symantec took the Norton Utilities into realm of Windows with the Norton Utilities 8.0 for Windows/DOS. While the majority of the tools in version 8 were still DOS-based tools, a handful of them were designed to run in Windows. These included several new tools as well several standard tools that were converted from DOS to Windows. The latter included Norton Disk Doctor, the crown jewel of the utilities, and Speed Disk, the amazing disk defragmenter. The former included System Watch, a utility for monitoring system resources and a set of utilities for working with INI files—the Windows 3.x equivalent of the Registry.

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By Greg Shultz

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.