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A screenshot of the MS-DOS Executive about box
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A screenshot of the MS-DOS Executive about box and other applications running on Windows 1.01. Microsoft's first consumer operating system was released in November 1985.(Credit: Microsoft)

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Microsoft Windows through the years

Love it or hate, Microsoft's flagship operating system has been ingrained in just about every facet of our lives since its birth in 1985. Take a look back at the evolution of Windows. And click here to read our review of the new Windows 7.