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Chapter 1. The Evolution of Windows > What's New in Windows Millennium Edition

What's New in Windows Millennium Edition

So much for the '90s—and for the twentieth century, for that matter. Ten years after Windows 3.0 and five years after Windows 95, Microsoft introduced Windows Millennium Edition. What makes it different? For starters, it skips completely past the MS-DOS prompt at startup; unlike its predecessors, Windows 95 and 98, the only way to start up in real mode on a Windows Millennium Edition is to boot with a floppy disk. That doesn't mean DOS is gone, of course, but Windows Me is almost certainly the last Windows version to include any MS-DOS components at its core.

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According to Microsoft, Windows Me is the end of the line for MS-DOS. Windows NT and 2000, which collectively make up the business branch of the Windows family tree, are based on a completely different architecture. If Microsoft holds to its promises, the successor to Windows Me, when it arrives, should be based on the Windows 2000 kernel.



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