Background of Windows
In 1981 Microsoft released Interface manager for its existing operating system known as MS DOS which was not equipped with GUI. However this OS product line under went many changes and the each modern operating system has its own code. The first version of Windows that is Windows 1 was not considered stable because it could not be overlapped. The later version of windows which was released in 1987 with the name of Windows 2.0 was relatively stable because of its run time application. It gained more popularity when Aldus page maker became the part of the windows 2.0. The later two versions windows /286 and windows /386 2.1 were considered more practical. This was due to the real time memory mode and protected mode kernel. Hence Microsoft was able to meet the challenges posed by its competitors in order to release more stable version of Windows.
The developers of the Microsoft Windows never ignored the shortfalls in any of its Windows versions. Instead they keep on bringing improvement in each new version alongside. In order to increase the stability and compatibility of the windows they developed separate systems for professionals and for the home. The introduction of windows 3.0 with the inclusion of virtual memory gave it more stability over its predecessors. Windows 3.0 was able to match the 386 enhanced modes and could run as a real time application. Moreover it can be used with many of the Intel’s processors like 80286, 8086, 8088 and 80386. The introduction of virtual memory also helped in increasing the stability of MS DOS. The release of Windows 95 in 1995 also removed many drawbacks like the support for longer file names improved user interactivity and compatibility for softwares. The next release of Windows 98 was however not that stable due its slow performance. For this reason very next year Windows introduced the second version of Windows 98 this version was considered much more stable. Windows millennium edition that is Windows 2000 allowed for system restore therefore the user was able to set the PC settings to an early date.
Most Stable Version
In 2001 Windows combined NT 2000, Windows 95 and Windows 98 to launch Windows XP. It was based on the Windows NT 5.1. Moreover it was loaded with many features and came in many versions. Hence so far Windows XP is considered to be as the most stable version of the Windows Operating systems. The separate version for domestic users (windows XP Home Edition) and Windows XP professional increases its stability and performance. It was Windows XP‘s stability that has helped it to sell 400 million copies of XP in the very first year of its release. The XP is efficient enough to provide support for servers, dual processors. The media centre addition of the XP helps its users to record TV shows and run many multimedia applications. This Windows version is available in many different languages and many language interface parts. XP is considered world wide stable for its unique and improved features like driver Rollback, faster user Switching, Clear Type Font rendering and Remote Desktop Functionality. However today it is capable for providing support for the most recent network applications like DSL, Firewire and Bluetooth. All in all we can sat that Windows XP is user Operating system.