Got an hour to kill? Watch (nearly) every version of Windows being installed

The first version of Windows I ever installed was Windows 3.1, and the most recent was a leaked build of Windows 8.1. In between those two points I’ve installed every new version of Windows Microsoft has produced, most more times than I care to recall.


The installation process has definitely improved over the years, but I shudder to think how much of my life has been spent waiting for each install and reinstall to complete.

I may never get those hours back, but I can now relive them (and waste another hour) by watching a video which shows almost every installation from Windows 1.0 all the way up to Windows 8.

The operating systems included in the video are:

  • Windows 1.01
  • Windows 2.03
  • Windows 3.0a
  • Windows 3.1
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows ME
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 Pro

Windows 2000 is excluded because, as the video’s creator ZlotyObin points out, "it’s impossible to update Windows 2000 to ME and vice versa".

The video thankfully isn’t in real time, and you can skip ahead whenever you like. It does provide a fascinating trip down memory lane though, and shows clearly just how much Windows has changed and improved over the years.

What was the first version of Windows you ever installed?

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