Visual history: Windows splash screens from 1.01 to 10

Windows splash screens from 1.01 to 10

Ever since the dawn of the Windows operating system, Microsoft has used splash screens to distract us while the OS is loading. In addition to their entertainment value, the Windows splash screens have typically provided us with 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 10.

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.