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Dinosaur Sightings: Windows splash screens from 1.01 to 7

Check out the splash screens that have graced various Windows operating systems!

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Ever since the dawn of the Windows operating system, Microsoft has used Splash Screens as a means of distracting us while the operating system is loading. In addition to their entertainment value, the Windows splash screens typically provide us with some sort of feedback on the progress of the sometimes lengthy startup process.
In this gallery, you’ll be able to browse through all the splash screens from Windows 1.01 to Windows 7.
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Microsoft released Windows 1.01 on November 20, 1985

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Microsoft released Windows 2.03 on November 1, 1987

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Microsoft released Windows 3.0 on May 22, 1990

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Microsoft released Windows 3.1 on March 18, 1992

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Microsoft released Windows For Workgroups 3.11 on November 1, 1993

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Microsoft released Windows NT 3.1 on July 27, 1993

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Microsoft released Windows NT 3.1 Advanced Server on July 27, 1993

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Microsoft released Windows NT Workstation 3.5 on September 21, 1994

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Microsoft released Windows NT Server 3.5 on September 21, 1994

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Microsoft released Windows NT Workstation 3.51 on May 30, 1995

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Microsoft released Windows NT Server 3.51 on May 30, 1995

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Microsoft released Windows 95 on August 24, 1995

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Microsoft released Windows NT Workstation 4.0 on August 24, 1996

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Microsoft released Windows NT Server 4.0 on August 24, 1996

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Microsoft released Windows 98 on June 25, 1998

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Microsoft released Windows 98 SE on May 5, 1999

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Microsoft released Windows 2000 Professional on February 17, 2000

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Microsoft released Windows 2000 Server on February 17, 2000

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Microsoft released Windows ME on September 14, 2000

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Microsoft released Windows XP Home on October 25, 2001

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Microsoft released Windows XP Professional on October 25, 2001

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Microsoft released Windows XP 64-Bit Edition on October 25, 2001

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Microsoft released Windows Server 2003 on April 24, 2003

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Microsoft released Windows XP SP2 on August 6, 2004

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Microsoft released Windows Vista on January 30, 2007
Windows Vista’s splash screen actually has two parts to it, here we have the progress bar…
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…and here, we have the glowing Windows orb.

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A glowing Windows flag.

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