The Complete Guide to Windows 1.0

Windows 1.0 ScreenshotWindows 1.0 was the very first graphical operating system released by Microsoft back in 1985. Windows 1.0 was also known as Windows Premier Edition. It included a number of applications like Calculator, Calendar, Cardfile, Clipboard viewer, Clock, Control Panel, Notepad, Paint, Reversi, Terminal, and Write.

Windows 1.0 could run on a CGA/Hercules/EGA video card (producing either monochrome or 16 color output, as shown in the screenshot to the left), and support for VGA (with a 256 color output) was added in version 1.04.

Unlike modern versions of Windows, Windows 1.0 did not allow for overlapping application windows. Instead each window was tiled on the screen.

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