Is Windows 8 going to be based on Windows 7?

February 16, 2011 at 15:58:43
Specs: Windows 8
Anyone have any info on Windows 8 architecture and whether or not it'll be based on Windows 7? Just thinking ahead of driver issues and compatibility. Thanks!

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February 16, 2011 at 21:33:48
At some level all operating systems are based on those that came before. Windows 7 is the latest in a long line that began with NT 3.1, released in 1993. There is no reason to believe that Windows 8 will change this.

Operating system have to be based on those that came before or they would be unable to run existing software.

As for compatibility issues: New operating system always have compatibility issues. That isn't going to change.

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February 18, 2011 at 15:55:29
Actually NT3.1 is based of IBM OS/2, therefore Windows 8 will be based of a 30 year old O/S.

Saying that Unix is even older still............................

Back to original question, if there is a need for PC/Laptops in 2 years time then yes Windows 8 aka NT7.x will be based of Windows 7 aka NT6.1.

If Tablets and similar devices become common then Phone 7 will be base...

Possibly they will do an Apple and mix the two, both OS X and iOS is based of BSDUnix !

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February 19, 2011 at 12:27:31
If tablet PC's were to take off, microsoft would probably port a varaint of their windows mobile OS over
It is unlikely though that most buisinesses would drop the whole "PC" idea for tablets, as PC workstations are much easier to type with, and are easier to (physically) secure

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March 29, 2011 at 17:03:26
You know what really confused me?

Since XP was NT 5.1, why wasn't Vista NT 6.0, and Windows 7 "NT 7.0". Then Windows 8 would be NT 8.0.

They kinda threw the naming scheme out the windows with Windows 7 as NT 6.1.

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April 7, 2011 at 08:18:31
The idea that smaller & smaller computers will eliminate desktop units is absurd. No matter how powerful tablets or (fill in the blank) may become, bigger will always be more powerful and someone will always want the most powerful they can get.

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April 9, 2011 at 14:51:35
Vista was NT6.0. 7 is NT6.1. Blame Microsoft for that.

Also, blame them for Windows 7 being just Windows Vista done right. (Or What Vista should have been)

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April 13, 2011 at 08:49:14
Anyone have any info on Windows 8 architecture and whether or not it'll be based on Windows 7? Just thinking ahead of driver issues and compatibility. Thanks!

I would assume NO, NO till proven yes. One of the basics of the operating systems are the drivers. If you bought a computer, sold with Windows Vista, like I did, and then tried to install Windows XP, you would understand what I mean. this was a HP Pavilion.
When I contacted HP, the reply was "The PC was sold with Vista loaded" therefore they do not accept any responsibility for older or for that matter newer operating systems. The missing driver was for the Hard Disc controller. Installation of XP got as far as copying all the files then stopped dead with the message "No hard disk available".

I had exactly the same problem with a Packard Bell computer and forward compatability some 10 years ago.

Any Microsoft computer that you buy, try asking the question, in writing about compatability and your question will be black holes

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June 26, 2011 at 13:51:30
its because windows 7 is the updated version of windows vista windows 7 was basicly an update like they did with windows 98 hence windows 98 second edtition

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June 26, 2011 at 13:53:22
Windows 8 will be built on windows nt 7.0

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December 14, 2011 at 12:41:23

The reason you had issues installing WinXP on you Vista computer was because Microsoft desperately wanted to get folks to migrate to Vista. So, OEMs like HP were not allowed to offer WinXP on their full lineup.

Concurrently, some new hardware was released that did not have WinXP drivers expressly written for it. Also, 3rd party manufacturers did not see fit to provide drivers in timely fashion. IMO, MS learned a lesson from that release and made a real effort to have drivers available for most hardware that worked with WinXP to run under Windows7. Sometimes they even wrote the drivers. In many cases Windows 7 will install hardware that wouldn't automatically install on Vista.

Funny you should mention HP. IMO, HP is one of the worst offenders as far a supplying drivers for older hardware. Sometimes they simply stop hosting drivers that already exist for older OSes.

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January 4, 2012 at 13:29:37
Windows 8 has a slightly better GUI than 7 and Vista, but the Aero is still there, which sucks. I hate Windows Aero.

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January 4, 2012 at 13:31:39

So don't use Aero.

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February 3, 2012 at 14:35:33
for many people talking about the nt version:

1) the reason why windows 7 wasnt nt 7.0, is to bring more compatibility to hardware that doesnt have windows 7 drivers. this is the key to more compatibility in windows 7, since vista was nt6.0, microsoft made it nt 6.1 for a reason.

2) microsoft is going to do the same with windows 8, by making it nt 6.2, for even more hardware support. dont believe me? google it!

edit: found a user agent with nt 6.2:

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February 10, 2012 at 20:03:50
I heard that Windows 8 was gonna be entirely re-thought but it will probably resemble a widows computer though. That's just what I heard so don't blame me if it's wrong.

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March 7, 2012 at 00:43:01
In my point of view its the new version of Vista and have better feature from window 7 with new and attractive look.

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