Which Windows Version Is The Best Of All Time? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Yaara Lancet 03-06-2012

Last week we asked what your plans are regarding Facebook shares. One thing is perfectly clear, if the guys at Facebook were counting on MakeUseOf readers to buy shares, they better think again!


Out of 215 readers who voted, a staggering 75% will not be buying shares, 11% plan on buying some in the future, 10% are still undecided and 4% already bought some shares. That’s the biggest majority for one vote we’ve seen in quite a while.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

With three quarters of the voters not even thinking of buying, the results seem pretty definitive!


This week’s poll question is: Which Windows Version Is The Best Of All Times?


Sorry Mac and Linux users, this week’s poll is all about Windows, but even if you don’t currently use the most popular OS in the world, you’re bound to have an opinion in the matter. This week we want to find out which is your favorite Windows version of all times, and with your permission, the poll will start with Windows 95. Is Windows 2000 the best that ever was? Will Windows 8 be it? Tell us what you think!

Why is your favorite version the best? Is it stability? A certain feature? The interface? Share your opinions below.

Related topics: Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP.

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  1. meal
    August 11, 2017 at 9:10 am

    you missed out windows Vista. its between xp and 7.

  2. Howard
    May 16, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Sad to see how people are uneducated... I bet a HUGE portion of people who answered this survey have no idea what NT4 or 2000 Pro are and started playing with computers in the post XP era... Back then you'd be aboe to keep the machine running for months without rebooting or slowing down. When MS started merging their NT branch with their consumer Os'es , thats when things started to go downhill.. Simply put, you cant have an OS good at everything, and thats what MS tried to do with XP onward.

    Anybody who worked with NT4 or 2kpro knows that even Windows 7 is a joke.

  3. Samit
    December 17, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I've used many version of Windows. My comments about all versions:

    *Windows XP SP2: It's Simple, Stable, Powerful.

    *Windows XP Black Edition: All features of XP. Some added features like new IE, Black theme, Media Centre, new WMP.

    *Windows Vista: It's also very stable version with a new UI, theme and many added features like gadget.

    *Windows 7 Ultimate: New improved UI adding many features and improved Vista.

    *Windows 8: A whole new touch friendly UI aiming for future. One of the infamous but best windows.

    *Windows 8.1: Fixed some cons of Windows 8. Brought back Start button, search UI on desktop. [MY FAVOURITE]

    *Windows 10 Build 9901: Improved the cons of old OS. Metro UI at desktop. Brought Cortana ???? Aimed for multi-cross platform. Still on development.

    I love Windows 8.1.1. It's not at all bad that much people are thinking. It's hard to understand for users, so they hate it. But it was a good way Microsoft was going. It introduced many new things aiming the future.

  4. Farinha
    November 30, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Server 2008 R2 has my vote.

  5. Abba Jee
    November 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    i've been used all above ,
    i guess when windows xp launched lots of users like me were "wooow" :D, then vista, 7 just made me "ahaaaa" and maybe so many users like me had just the same feelings about microsoft windows , so i guess windows xp should be voted best os all the time .... i hate when i read microsoft going to stop support windows xp maybe million of users

  6. Areno
    September 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

    i vote for windows 98 because it was my first operating system and thumbs up if you were born in 1998

  7. Jahnezzy Eltime
    September 1, 2012 at 7:19 am


  8. shev smith
    July 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Why wasn't Vista in the list? (joke!)

  9. Rutul
    July 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Definitely Windows 7. But I also believe in Windows 8 as there will be more touch input based pcs in future, Windows 8 seems exciting, simple and easy. I've tried DP and it is not bad. Just like when iOS vs. Android war was getting boring, MS entered with fresh new WP7 with new 'invented' interface and living OS. It is powerful and specs are great. I think Windows 8 will do same but power users will need to sit back with Windows 7.

  10. shaurya boogie
    June 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    i like windows 8

  11. Dylan
    June 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I'm still waiting to see what Windows 8 has to offer.

  12. Aayush
    June 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I used Win 8 preview version . Frankly I would prefer Win 7 over 8 . With all tiles and new UI , sure it gives a good feeling but its annoying to keep scrolling for different apps ... Sure a treat for tablets and touchscreens but not for regular desktops and laptops ..

  13. QBall
    June 10, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I downloaded and checked out Windows 8 Preview Edition via a virtual machine (I didn't want to install it on either my desktop nor on my laptop - mainly 'cuz it said that to go back, I'd have to reinstall my previous Windows - which I didn't want to have to go through all that crap).

    Via the virtual machine, Windows 8 looked more like it is geared towards portable computers like iPad, netbooks, etcetera bu not towards desktops and regular laptops ... unless either of which has a touchscreen monitor. It's "desktop" setup, had no 'menu' like all the other Windows OS's but required one to *swipe*, either on the screen or using a mouse cursor.

    I didn't like it as a desktop or laptop OS ... if I ever get a netbook or iPad-like device, then perhaps I'll use Windows 8 but not on either my desktop nor laptop. If it's going to mimic a 3D desktop, it should have a desktop setup like Linux's Compiz's cube-like desktop layout, where one uses Ctrl-Winkey or some such key combination to activate the cube and switch to another face of the cube.

    All-in-all, from 1 to 10:
    Win 95 (5, at the time was a good replacement for DOS, a point-and-click usage),
    Win98 (9) a pretty good, reliable and stable OS,
    NT (never used it at the time but did look at it later ... it looked like Win95),
    Win2k (never have used it),
    WinXP (9, good OS in its time),
    WinVista (7),
    Win 7 (9 1/2 Good OS, relatively stable, a bit more secure),
    Win 8 (6, I'll leave it off my machines - too niche-oriented for normal computer usage)

    JMHO ;)


  14. Andrew Crook
    June 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    It's a difficult one although I now use Windows 7 and now prefer it over XP, XP did more for the Windows OS as it brought NT technology mainstream. Whilst Windows NT 4.0 brought businesses towards NT technology as a workstation platform and not just for servers, although 2000 was probably the best out of the old NT generation in terms of usability before the arrival of XP.

  15. Craig Snyder
    June 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I was expecting to see more votes for 98!

  16. Bob Smith
    June 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Whats wrong with Vista I've used it for years without running into much issues with it.

  17. Mikkel
    June 8, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Defently Windows 3.11, not that i vil ever use it! (never use your hero, you might just be disapointed)

  18. GamE
    June 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    windows 7 definitely

  19. Joshua
    June 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Windows 7 fo sho

  20. Aseem
    June 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Windows Operating systems are good but I feel that they should consider adding some other better features which are in other operating system including Linux and Mac. All above Windows is great !.............

  21. Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Phd
    June 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Windows 2000 was the best version of Windows. It wasn't bloated and the file system was much easier to handle than Windows 7. If you're someone who has Windows Explorer open all the time, that was the best version. I still can't get the hang of all the data and ini files being in different directories other than the Program Files area.

  22. Joe P
    June 7, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Windows 98 was as good as they got. Each version since had more drawbacks. I use XP and Windows 7 at work but Linux when I have a choice. I'll never use Windows at home again.

  23. Corey Hall
    June 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    my reason for selecting windows xp is, for gamers like me it is good for us to play freely and smothly

  24. Matthew Unwin
    June 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Vista was a good version but it was a big rescourse hog so on 2gb of memory it used up about 1gb
    windows 98 had really low memory usage but as can be expected the graphics were bad
    windows 7 is in my opinion the best and I think windows 8 is too much change and expecting everyone to have a tablet

  25. Kanchha
    June 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    All time hits is, I think, windows 7 in this time. During the release of windows 7 windows XP is good and most popular. Still some user are prefering xp. Hope that windows 8 is better ever.

  26. Achraf Almouloudi
    June 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Using Windows 7 which is the best I ever seen .

  27. thuya8
    June 6, 2012 at 3:23 am

    i like windows 7 the most
    no doubt

  28. thuya8
    June 6, 2012 at 3:22 am

    windows 7 no doubt

  29. Shehan Nirmal
    June 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Windows 7 is the best...!!!

  30. John Wilson
    June 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I did vote for none of the above only because Windows always seems to bring with it some issue or other which was or ought to have been avoidable. Win 7, during the upgrade thrashed the boot sector of the D: drive, once the boot drive which caused the boot up to to go on forever. The data is, at least, intact.
    That said it's still the best end user version of Windows till now. I'm not holding out too much hope for Win8 which seems more targeted at the device/gadget market than it does to desktop/laptop users so I guess we'll see when things shake out. I firmly believe that Microsoft has missed that market completely.
    On the Linux side the lesson has been evolution not revolution which has struck both KDE and GNOME desktops as they've introduced a lot of stuff which will be useful in the long run but don't appear and aren't user friendly at this stage to many.
    So, to sum up, the three best releases, IMHO, in no particular order are Win XP. Win2K and (marginally) Win 7,

  31. Jon Smith
    June 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    well I really dont like the Metro system but Windows 7 and XP are pretty cool

  32. Prakash Senapati
    June 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    dnt know why?? to me windows 8 is looking like more of windows 7 extra or 7.5
    rather being a discrete os

  33. Robert
    June 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I picked Windows XP, mainly because I hate what Microsuck has done with the why the OS handles audio. Under XP and earlier I never had any issues with the sound card unlike under Vista and Windows 7. Windows 7 would get a mention if it were not for the fact that it should have been a Vista Service pack to fix the problems Vista had. The audio in my opinion was better for gaming under XP. If I were not an avid gamer I would not even be using Windows but Linux, I have been dual booting for years and most of the time I only use Windows for when I play games while my normal computing tasks are handled much better using Linux.

  34. Roc Rizzo
    June 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    You don't have the most versatile version of Windows, Windows CEMENT. Windows CEMENT was the combination of Windows CE, which made it small, Windows ME, which made it usable by the general public, and Windows NT, which made it highly programmable, and sophisticated, for the technical.

  35. Jer
    June 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Windows 7 is the best yet. But I have this fear....Windows 8 is to 7, as Vista is to XP.

  36. SANJEEVRockz
    June 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I'm Using Window 7 From last 1-2 Years.... And i never get any problem on it... For Me WINDOW 7 Is The Best....... OS For Me....AFTER XP Cool Features, Graphics, Faster then any other Version......

  37. Benjamen Johnson
    June 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Windows 2000, it was the last Windows OS without that stupid activation. I can still install it without having to beg Microsoft.

    June 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Obviously Windows7> Best look, best features,secure and good speed.

  39. J.P.Howde
    June 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

    In technical terms it's always going to be 'the next one' but I voted XP for its longevity and popularity.

  40. bben
    June 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I have used every Windows since the very beginning. There were several duds, like Win3 (Not even listed in the poll! - and neither was Vista) , WinME & 2000. Win XP was (and still is) a viable version. Vista was not as bad as most people seem to think Win7 is an improvement over that. I will withhold judgement on Win8, but so far I'm not impressed.

    • muotechguy
      June 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Sorry, did you just call win2k a "dud"? I'm kind of reeling in shock right now. What do you base this on?

      • bben
        June 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm


        • Bruce Epper
          June 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

          What experience is that. Win2K was huge for businesses and government. I know of several large institutions that are still using it today. You classify that as a dud?

    • James
      June 7, 2012 at 2:00 am

      Windows 2000 was a dud?!?! Are you insane? The most stable OS that windows ever created was a dud? You can't have much experience with it if you think that.

  41. Nelvin
    June 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Windows 7! Power of Xp with enhanced UI from Vista!

  42. Giuseppe Calamita
    June 4, 2012 at 9:38 am


    I suggest you to add a new option to your poll: a future non commercial version (available for all the unemployed peoples may be).
    As IBM did I hope one day Microsoft will conver to Open Source.

    Thank you.

  43. Thomas
    June 4, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I believe in XP! It's was really a revolutionary OS on it's time. In my computer XP is faster than 7 but 7 is boots really faster than XP! However I use Windows 7 as the main OS because of it's beautiful interface and new features

  44. muotechguy
    June 4, 2012 at 7:15 am

    The poll will be skewed since the majority of our readers have no clue what windows 2000 even was, despite it being the most stable and awesome windows OS, ever. Obviously Windows 7 will run away with this poll.

    • Vipul Jain
      June 4, 2012 at 7:20 am

      i havent used Win2000, but wasnt it just a modded 98 with few tweaks, climbing towards XP?

      • carie
        June 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

        No, windows 2000 was a NT version of windows (the last one). It was exceptionally stable and designed specifically for business environments. The biggest advantage of the NT versions of windows was that it use the NTFS file structure as apposed to FAT and FAT32 and as such could store data far more efficiently. It has nothing to do with WIN 98 or Win ME. Microsoft supported Windows 2000 for 10 years, although it's successor, Windows XP, came out about a year after WIN 2000 was released. Windows 2000 only needed 32 MB of ram to run, although 128MB was recommended. With 256MB and a Pentium II processor, you had a machine which could fly! To date, it can be argued that it was one of the most used Microsoft OS as governments and companies around the world used it to run their networks for 10 odd years!

        • muotechguy
          June 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

          <- this.

        • Bruce Epper
          June 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

          With my last trip into the VA Hospital in Phoenix last year, they were still running Win2K.

          Win2K was not the last NT version. XP and later versions are still technically modded versions of NT. Check the core components if you want to verify this.

        • carie
          June 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

          Indeed, although 2000 was the last to be released under the NT name.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      I loved Win2k and used if for years. In fact, I pretty much skipped XP and went straight from 2000 to 7. But I still think 7 is the better OS of the two.

  45. Laga Mahesa
    June 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

    For me, the Win9x variants were the best - to be specific, a stripped down frankenstein mashup taking the best components of each.

    Next up, XP - also stripped down. Anything after that is far too megalithic and inaccessible.

  46. Ray
    June 4, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I like it how you put in Windows ME but skipped Windows Vista! :))

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Gahhhhhhhhhhhhh I know! I've never even used ME and I remembered to include it.

  47. Rodolfo
    June 4, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I find Xp pro would be best for me,stable & fast,but when it comes to graphics i prefer 7.

  48. j.
    June 4, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Wait a minute.. just wait, pause the presidential elections and give a straight answer to the public. where's win 3.1? Seriously, where is it? -_-

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      As mentioned in the poll, I chose not to include it since I felt there were already too many options. For that case, there's "none of the above". :)

  49. Kyem Ghosh
    June 4, 2012 at 5:14 am

    you missed out vista.... Obviously I think that it might not get any good vote... But still, it should have been in the list...

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Yep, as I mentioned in above comments, I forgot Vista. It wasn't intentional!

  50. carie
    June 4, 2012 at 5:08 am

    A while back there was a joke doing the rounds:
    "How many Microsoft employees are needed to change a light bulb?"
    "None, Microsoft will simply issue a statement declaring darkness the new norm."

    All said and done though, windows 7 is a brilliant OS, one that I honestly can find little fault with.

    I have no doubt that 8 will follow in the foot steps of 95, Millennium and Vista and be a load of rubbish!

  51. Humza Aamir
    June 4, 2012 at 4:49 am

    With Windows 7, all the previous wrongs were made right and the goods made even better. It is the best version in their line-up. Windows 8 is a aiming for a revolution and a thorough change that might not be up to everyone's taste.

  52. George
    June 4, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Windows XP, being still the most used OS after so many years proves it has something special.

  53. Reý Aetar
    June 4, 2012 at 4:45 am

    well who deserve to be the best???
    More than 10 years still suriving in this quick changing world..with maximum compability....maximum users who dont wanna change...and still supported and well up to date..
    Its like a landmark
    LET ANY OTHER OS COME CLOSE IT then the time will come to choose..till then XP rocks as it gets the work done just like its successors (until ms doesnt want it) but with less resources..

  54. Susendeep Dutta
    June 4, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I liked Windows XP SP3 as it was with me for long time and I like it.Windows XP is still the best as it ruled for 10 years and I don't think that any other OS would have ruled longer than this.I can't say anything about Windows 7 and 8 as I haven't used them.I've just navigated them for few moments.

  55. Charles Rachor
    June 4, 2012 at 4:07 am

    If Windows 7 had been released instead of Vista, that would have been so awesome. As it was, I never actually had any problems with Vista, but still. XP was probably one of the greatest Windows releases imo, mostly because it was such a change from what people had experienced before. Windows 7 is still number 1 in my book, followed closely by XP.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 5:02 am

      Funny, I guess for me Windows 7 WAS released instead of Vista, since I forgot Vista even existed. I just skipped it entirely.

      XP definitely deserves the respect it's getting.

      • Rutul
        July 8, 2012 at 7:16 am

        Frankly, I haven't tried Vista. XP is popular because it can be so easily pirated and hacked. And in 2013, theoretically speaking, will become a 'free' OS as it's support will stop officially. 7 I think is best by far and I do believe in Win 8, too.

  56. Alan Wade
    June 4, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I voted XP based on the fact that 11 years on and its still a favorite of the masses.
    Se7en I believe, is a close second and Ei8ht is the novelty edition.

    • Rutul
      July 8, 2012 at 7:13 am

      Xp is still popular because it can be easily pirated, hacked and can run on low resources. Can't say about Win 8 cuz haven't tried Release Preview. Though, Developer Preview seems promising for touch based pcs. Power users will sit back with Windows 7.

  57. Melissa
    June 4, 2012 at 3:48 am

    where's the love for Windows Bob?

    • David Smith
      June 4, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Microsoft Bob, which ran on top of Windows 3.1x, was a step towards a more friendly user experience. Then came Windows 95, a nice leap over the previous versions. I've been using Windows since version 3.1 and XP has been my favorite, until now. I've started using Windows 8. In fact, I'm posting this from the latest Windows 8 Release Preview, and so far I love it, and I'm still able to run all my favorite apps that I've been using on Windows XP & 7 with no problems so far. But I do miss the Start button, and don't really care for the new Start screen, but I see where it would be useful if you have a touch screen. Just wish there was an option to turn it off, and use the old Start menu instead.

  58. Oswaldo
    June 4, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Windows XP could run in a computer with as little as 256 MB RAM, let alone 1 GB. Even SP2. I upgraded it with SP3 by the time Windows 7 came along. It still is a robust system, it just happens that my XP installation started falling apart when I installed Windows 7 Preview to dual boot.
    I love my current Windows 7 computer, and my next machine will still be based on Windows 7. But I think Windows XP is the best, just for the ten years it's lasted.

  59. Vipul Jain
    June 4, 2012 at 3:07 am

    windows 7 is by far the best release.
    > Aero graphics
    > Stabler than XP & any other version.
    > Preloaded drivers for almost everything (Best feature among all)
    > Quick boot even though it's system files are like 5 times that of XP.
    > Quick installation, XP takes 40-45 minutes for a fresh install, while 7 takes 15-20 minutes.

    I didn't compare any other version because IMO, XP & 7 are the only worthy releases by windows.. :)

    • muotechguy
      June 4, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Did you ever use 2000?

  60. Bravestone
    June 4, 2012 at 3:07 am

    i think xp is the best because of stability and because it doesn't have lots of eyecandy so it runs faster.

    I do find windows 7 to come in a close second

    • Bruce Epper
      June 4, 2012 at 3:13 am

      Under Vista & 7, you can turn off all of the eye-candy if you wish. It isn't something that is forced on the user.

  61. anhdroid
    June 4, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I have tried Windows XP, 7 and 8 on my main computer (which is a netbook). Honestly speaking I'm contented with XP and really enjoyed 7. I want to give Windows 8 a chance. It has some potential.

  62. tebie_
    June 4, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Windows XP is still performing decently. However Windows 7 is an upgrade and therefore should rank higher (I see that Vista is not included though, neither is 3.11 which is pure nostalgia!) XP was revolutionary and I understand those who claim XP to be the best.

    It all depends how you count as the best? Best for it's time or best for it's performance and UI? Or by other factors?

    I hope win8 will be the best ever, however I still feel that I want to give win7 a few more years.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 5:00 am

      3.11 is not included on purpose, there were just too many options and I didn't think many people would vote for it.

      Vista is an oversight. I forgot to include it. Sorry!

      • Yales
        June 4, 2012 at 10:40 am

        Wait... I thought Vista was not included on purpose too!

        • Victor Ong
          June 5, 2012 at 1:49 am

          Same here!

  63. GeeksAndTweaks
    June 4, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I voted for Windows 7 though I feel a little guilty. XP really has put in the years as a well rounded workhorse and I feel as though I've dropped old yeller in lieu of wonder dog. But man is wonder dog cool! 7 just puts to use technologies that aren't possible with the older (but loved and respected) XP.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 4:59 am

      Couldn't agree more! Although I never used XP for years, I stuck to Windows 2000 until the bitter, bitter end. :)

      • Bruce Epper
        June 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

        I still have a W2K test server running.

  64. Tony C.
    June 4, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Windows 3.11 ..nice and simple and stable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Tug Ricks
    June 4, 2012 at 1:06 am

    For all the public hate, I never had an issue with Vista. Just throwing that out there.

    • Bruce Epper
      June 4, 2012 at 3:12 am

      I used Vista for more than 2 years and never had a problem with it either. I think that is due more to waiting nearly a year after its release before I installed it so the drivers were available for all of my hardware and disabling the Sidebar immediately (it was such a resource hog - even without any gadgets in it).

      • Yaara Lancet
        June 4, 2012 at 4:58 am

        Yeah, sorry for not including Vista guys. Not sure where that piece of history went to when I was remembering all the versions.

      • Antriksh Yadav
        June 6, 2012 at 3:55 am

        I loved Vista after having XP for years. The Aero theme won me over. Windows 7 is infinitely better but Vista was not bad at all.

        Also, if it weren't a resource hog, would standard home computers be slightly less powerful today? I mean, increasing the requirements for the base software included with 90% of the computers sold surely must have done something to the standard specs in computers.

    • tebie_
      June 4, 2012 at 5:11 am

      I liked Vista too. After turning off UAC I never had any issue accept the incompatibility with some programs, but that's mostly because the developers didn't put an effort in implementing vista support.

      To be honest, Win7 feels like a vista clone, some improvements though because it's a upgrade.

    • Cliff Mccullar
      June 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Firstly i went old school with 98, best file system layout imho and they didnt (try)to stop you from changing all sorts of fun stuff like what your start bar actually said. anyway onto vista

      The initial vista launch had a really bad rep for a number of reasons, most of which was NOT vistas fault.(re microsoft) Firstly they have since win98 said that developers needed to code to the registry correctly, that in XP they would enforce it. since almost no developers listened to this dire warning, microsoft pushed back the enforcement of this till(you guessed it) vista. which is why so many programs/hardware didnt work correctly. developers had over 10 years to make the change, i cant blame microsoft for that.

      secondly the vast majority of new machines being made (by companies or users) were experiencing issues, again here i dont see how this is microsoft/vistas fault. if you cant research the components for compatability with your OS then you shouldnt be building a machine. yes it blows that you bought a brand new *insert brand* and it didnt work, but that is the brands fault, not microsofts. I built my uncle a machine around a month after vista came out, you know what? never a single issue, not one. everything installed beautifully, everything works amazingly too this day. that being said....

      vista DOES have issues, some of which it didnt have at launch of stuff that microsoft broke in addition to what was already broken, while its still 10x better than ME, it is still a broken OS, with a lot of issues.

  66. Terafall
    June 4, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I'll be stupid if I choose Vista or 8.

    I think I'll choose 7

  67. Alex Ozer
    June 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I chose ME... because I am in a sarcastic mood.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 4:57 am

      Hey, you're skewing the votes! :)

  68. Gregory
    June 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I like 7, with XP second.

  69. Davin Peterson
    June 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Windows ME was known as the "Mistake Edition". Vista is just as bad. Windows 7 fixes Vista. When XP came out, it was the best, most stable version of Windows. Windows 7 is even better and has a cooler graphic interface

    • Bruce Epper
      June 4, 2012 at 3:07 am

      At that time there was a humorous graphic that was floating around about how MS was going to integrate all 3 of their then-current operating systems into one monolithic OS (sound familiar?); a combination of Compact Edition, Millennium Edition, and New Technology. It was to be called Windows CEMENT.

      Just wondering if that graphic was just a bit more than a decade early.

  70. Dave Parrack
    June 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Windows 7 is phenomenal, but for the time it was released Windows XP takes some beating.

  71. Sam
    June 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    where is windows vista? Clearly the best Windows OS of all time

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 4:56 am

      Yeah, sorry about that. :) I forgot about Vista, I hope you voted for none of the above anyway!

  72. Yales
    June 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    No Windows Vista...

    I see what you did there

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 4, 2012 at 4:55 am

      I clear forgot about Windows Vista! That just goes to show you...

      • Kyem Ghosh
        June 4, 2012 at 5:20 am

        yaara... You need to go on saying sorry to every1 for not adding vista.... :-)

        • Yaara Lancet
          June 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

          I try, I try. :) I can't believe I forgot it!

        • Kyem Ghosh
          June 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm