Am I stupid, or is Windows 7 actually Windows 9?
So it started with Windows 3.1 (or 3.11 for Workgroups). There was of course Windows 1.0 (released in '85) and Windows 2.X (1990) prior to that, but 3.1 was what I used when I first started into computing.
From there, it goes as follows:
Win 95 = Version 4
Win 98 = 5
Win ME = 6
Win XP = 7
Vista = 8
Win 7 = 9
That doesn't even count NT/2000, which was also very much a Windows release.
The only explanation I can think of is that perhaps 95 through to ME were the same thing, but I certainly recall buying three separate sku's so that can't be it.
It's possible that they count all versions with a MS-DOS backbone as the same (Windows 1 through 3.11), but those were the last ones they bothered numbering. If they were going back to the numbering system, why disregard two of these three?
I suppose this is but a low-grade misnomer, but these are the people I'm trusting with my hardware - is it too much to expect them to count properly? Have I taken crazy pills? It's not that big a deal, but Microsoft has so much money, it's fun to prod them a bit. Stick it to the man!