Re: Ted's Toy
No, Win95 was STILL a GUI semi-OS on DOS boot, exactly like Win3.x. The only differences were:
1) All the media stuff optional in Win 3.x in basic install
2) an expanded Win32s built in rather than option
3) Explorer.exe replaces Program manager and File Manager.
NT 3.5 was a real 32 bit OS and predated Win95, it ran 16 DOS and 16 bit Windows on 32 bits, using NTVDM and WOW + NTVDM. Win95 ran 16 bit code identically to Win3.x, natively. It ran 32bit code the same way as Win32s on Win3.x.
Win98 was the same. Note that Win95 didn't initially have OpenGL, but it was standard on Windows NT.
With ME they hid the DOS layer, it was a broken version of Win98SE.
Real MS Windowing OSes:
MS OS/2 in 1989 (Built in LAN Manager)
32 bit NT3.1 in 1993
32 bit NT3.5
NT3.51 (changes to Win32 that were added in win95 to stop Office 95 working on Win3.1x stopped Office 95 working on NT3.5!). Just a Win API patch. 1995. (Explorer briefly available as a tech preview)
NT4.0 1996 (Explorer, Graphics and Print moved to Kernel, Direct X added). There was 32 and 64 bit versions for Alpha. Also NT supported Power PC and MIPS
W2K (2000) = NT5.0
XP = NT 5.1
Server 2003 = NT 5.2
Vista = Windows NT 6.0