Wee - Microsoft Windows! I've been through many iterations of this program over the years. :) I originally started before Windows, back when I was a very little girl, on MS-DOS. I don't remember the version of MS-DOS my dad's computer originally had (probably in the 2s), but he bought me a black and white laptop, which I remember ran MS-DOS 3.3. My dad's computer had the long, flat, old, 5.25 inch floppy disks, while my laptop had the newer (at the time) 3.5 inch short, plastic casing protected disks. My dad's friend would bring me over a bunch of games, the only ones that I remember now were the Space Quest AGI games by Sierra.

We went all the way up to MS-DOS 6 before we made the jump to Windows, and that was on my dad's computer which was more upgradable than my laptop, especially after I dropped it and broke the screen. :( My dad's computer pretty much became mine anyway when he saw I had a love for computers and hogged all of the computer time in the house. :)

I remember in 1991, at the age of 12, I bought a Super VGA monitor from the Computer Shopper for $299 plus shipping (the first large purchase I ever made with my own money!). I bought it for Commander Keen, and marveled at the graphics, which looked just like the NES. :) I was a fan of Maniac Mansion on the NES, so I decided to buy as many LucasArts adventure games as I could run on my computer. Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2 quickly became two of my favorite games.

Some time in my teenage years, I finally made the leap from 286 to 486, finally exchanging our first IBM PC for a new computer. The computer was a 486/66, and it came with a CD-ROM drive. I had experience with Windows 3.1 and Windows 3.11 for Workgroups through the computers at school, but I never had a version of Windows on my home computer. I had already purchased Sam & Max Hit the Road on CD when it first came out, but I didn't have a fast enough computer to play it (or a CD-ROM drive for that matter). Now that I had a better computer, I purchased even more LucasArts adventure games, and loved the Maniac Mansion sequel, Day of the Tentacle, even more than the original. I also enjoyed watching the Sierra games since they had such high production values. I never was very good at those though, and wouldn't complete any of them until years later.

When Windows 95 came out, I bought it immediately, since I loved the MacOS system on my dad's school computer, and it reminded me a lot of it. I still had my 486/66, and it was a bit slow on it, but I enjoyed it. After that, I had many more computers (Pentium II, a Celeron, and a Pentium IV (which had my first DVD-ROM drive and later a DVD+-RW drive), and now finally the AMD Athlon we have now), and many more versions of Windows (Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and now Windows 7 and I use Windows Vista when I'm at my Mom's boyfriend's house). Other than Windows Me, which kept crashing on me, I never had any complaints with Windows and I enjoy it a lot. I don't use it for gaming as much as I used to. These days I try to be a little more productive with it, by increasing my art skills for digital art and animation. But I still do enjoy a good adventure game once in a while. Especially those by Telltale Games. I've used a Microsoft operating system for about 25 years now, and I'm sure I'll still be using a Microsoft operating system 25 years from now. :)

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