Contact and FAQ

Contact info

If you wish to contribute something or just provide feedback, you can reach me by e-mail at I also often hang around on IRC networks RoL, EFnet and freenode under the username "Overdoze". You should also see my main site and my blog, where I've made plenty of posts regarding Windows 1.0 (among other things).


Q: Why have you decided to create this site?
A: Because I think Windows 1.0 is interesting and worth looking at due to its historic importance as the first version of Windows. And I also find it oddly charming, for some reason.

Q: Can I contribute?
A: Yes, see the Contact info section at the top of this page.

Q: Where did you get all this information?
A: From various online sources, magazines, other people and my own observations of the available material.

Q: How did you make the site look like this?
A: I used Bootstrap 3.3 and modified it a bit, what you are looking at is the result of my effort.

Q: But it doesn't look exactly like Windows 1.0, does it?
A: You're right, it doesn't. For the sake of usability, I had to enlarge things a bit, otherwise you'd be looking at some tiny text and wonder which idiot thought that was a good idea.

Q: Is Windows 1.0 really an OS or just a DOS shell?
A: This question is often brought up in the community and my personal opinion is no, it is not a complete operating system in the way we percieve the concept today. It relies heavilly on MS-DOS for low-level functions despite having its own drivers, and is essentially a graphical file manager for DOS which also allows other applications to make use of its graphical capabilities. Even Microsoft marketed Windows as an operating/graphical environment for many years before it matured. On the other hand, most of its competitors on the PC platform worked in a similar way, relying on DOS to do the low-level work and instead focused on providing a high-level API for applications.

Q: Where can I download Windows 1.0?
A: Plenty of release are available freely online (Google is your friend), and I will provide some downloads myself once I complete the dedicated pages for each release (tl;dr: eventually).

Q: If Windows 1.0 was a commercial failure, why did Windows survive and eventually came to dominate the PC market?
A: You have to consider it's not always about having the best product. A lot of the success has to do with clever marketing and business decisions. Microsoft had the advantage of already being the developer of MS-DOS, an operating system used on over 90% of PC compatible systems in the mid 80s. Windows also wasn't a critical product for them in 1985, so even if it were a complete disaster, they could carry on developing other products (DOS, programming languages, business software). They gradually improved Windows with each release and managed to attract enough users and developers to effectively kill most of the competition by mid 90s.