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Hey I have a Tandy 1500HD Laptop and i installed Dos 5 and Winows 1.01 and it works great! Not as many errors as i thought there would!
and sorry for my english, but I'm slovak
And I like Windows 3.0x. I think this better than Windows 3.1x.
Win98 SE. It was the first I ever used
Windows 95 OSR 2.x. Not nearly as bloated and unstable as 98/Me, but still comes with FAT32 and DMA support. Zips along on a Pentium MMX and above.
NT 4 is also good and deserved higher DX support than version 3 (or unofficially 5). NT 5.x brought good gaming support to that branch of Windows and are even better (especially 5.0 and 5.2) but aren't classic yet.
Windows for Workgroups 3.11 actually, with Windows 95 coming up a close second. I'm a big fan of an O/S with text configuration files that is just an O/S and not some kind of "all-in-one-solution". I also still use both of those frequently - there's a reason my 486 is very close in usage to my daily driver. I also like no browser embedded on either - I use Toastytech modified Seamonkey on 95, and Opera 3.62 on WFWG.
Also, what's kind of odd is both of them seem strangely more stable now than they were for me 15 years ago, and far more capable than I once thought with all the obscure old software that does stuff modern PC's do on old hardware either coming out or being rediscovered. Either that or I've just become very good at getting them to run extremely well since the 2000s.
Wow, old thread. (History repeats itself, apparently I posted the same thing in 2007...)
I guess my answer now would be 95C (OSR 2.5). Better support for everything 95 could support and still suitably classic. Gotta add the Plus! pack as well.
NT 4 is probably a close second though. All the lovely stability of an NT kernel, but lacking when it came to some game support.
I do have some nostalgia for the old 3.x / NT 3.x interface though. However, I also remember hating it back in the day because I was used to the new explorer interface. I spent a lot of time hunting down alternative shells because I found Program Manager to be lacking. Wayfarer and Calmira were two of my favorites. Towards the end of my usage of Windows 3.1, I had Calmira with Mask98 installed to make it as close to Windows 95 as I could get. That was back before I knew the joys of piracy and I didn't have a copy of Windows 95. I also didn't really have enough memory or disk space to run it. That changed later on though, which is actually part of the reason I joined this forum.
Wow, this is an old thread. How are we defining "classic" Windows? MS-DOS based only? or can it be NT also? I'd say 95B or NT4.
IMO it could be also an NT based OS