Hot answers tagged

41 votes
Accepted

In what ways was the Windows NT POSIX implementation unsuited to real use?

In what specific ways was the POSIX implementation unsuited to real use? It wasn’t unsuited, but it’s important to understand what was certified. In order to meet requirements for certain US ...
Stephen Kitt's user avatar
37 votes
Accepted

Since when does Windows support forward slash as path separator?

TL;DR: Windows did not explicitly support both, but DOS did since 2.0 The answer is rather a clear "yes but" (*1): DOS 2.0 and later supported both ways, thus all DOS functions will work ...
Raffzahn's user avatar
  • 220k
37 votes

Why did DOS-based Windows require HIMEM.SYS to boot?

Windows in protected mode requires an XMS driver — HIMEM.SYS is the one provided by Microsoft, but others can be used¹ (and the Windows Me kernel includes its own XMS driver). The role of the XMS ...
Stephen Kitt's user avatar
19 votes

In what ways was the Windows NT POSIX implementation unsuited to real use?

You would be interested in this video, in which the vlogger installs the POSIX subsystem for Windows NT 4.0sp6 (after previously having tested the version for NT 3.1). It’s a summary of a livestream ...
Davislor's user avatar
  • 8,667
14 votes

Since when does Windows support forward slash as path separator?

A quick experiment in 86Box made me believe that this is supported starting from the very beginning with Windows 1.0. At least notepad and its standard file open dialog would accept paths delimited by ...
DL444's user avatar
  • 301
11 votes

Since when does Windows support forward slash as path separator?

Since MS-DOS 2.0: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backslash#Filenames MS-DOS 2 copied the hierarchical file system from Unix and thus used the forward slash, but (possibly on the insistence of IBM)...
Mark Williams's user avatar
11 votes

Is there a reason why WIndows seems to be eternally bonded with the same File Systems?

Windows started as an MS-DOS shell, so naturally, it used whatever MS-DOS used, the FAT file system. One of the main reasons why Windows became so popular was that it integrated very well with ...
Tibi's user avatar
  • 331
7 votes

In what ways was the Windows NT POSIX implementation unsuited to real use?

Having tried to use it, I found it had a major fault that rendered it unusable. Delete file while in use did not function; and quite a few applications from the era expected this to work; with them ...
Joshua's user avatar
  • 1,667
4 votes

Device access APIs in Windows 9x

For 3D rendering specifically, Windows display drivers expose a so called Direct3D Device Driver Interface (https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/display/direct3d). DDI did exist ...
DmytroL's user avatar
  • 2,162
4 votes

Are Windows 2000 SP4 installation CDs home brewed?

The Windows 2000 images on WinWorldPC are of CDs officially released by Microsoft. The CDs don’t indicate explicitly which service pack they ship (if any), but their part number varies, so you might ...
Stephen Kitt's user avatar
3 votes

In what ways was the Windows NT POSIX implementation unsuited to real use?

TL;DR: Those claims do not add up. The whole issue is, to use nice words, an urban myth. It ticks all the boxes about MS being an evil conspiracy but does not deliver any validation, neither ...
Raffzahn's user avatar
  • 220k
3 votes

Did Windows NT 4 emulate x86 on non-Intel platforms?

Here's a screenshot on Windows NT for Alpha showing x86 emulation support See Exploring Windows 2000 on Alpha together with YOU It uses FX!32 for emulation FX!32 is a software emulator program that ...
phuclv's user avatar
  • 3,582
3 votes
Accepted

Device access APIs in Windows 9x

The low-level Win32 userspace device access API in Windows 9x is actually not all that different from the one in Windows NT: given a path pointing to a device node (which starts with \\.\), you can ...
user3840170's user avatar
3 votes

Windows screensaver showing "natural selection"

This really looks like Microsoft Plus! For Windows 95. It had a lot of cool screensavers, including the one you're talking about, plus a train station, wild animal before it was cool (yes Mac OS X ...
Olivier's user avatar
  • 669
3 votes

In what ways was the Windows NT POSIX implementation unsuited to real use?

I was working on porting unix software to windows NT at the time. Strict POSIX was never a useful standard as it did not include network access or graphical outout. Unix systems that supported POSIX ...
Ian Ringrose's user avatar
2 votes

Identify a 90's game with a car with a mounted cannon

Could this be Quarantine? Quarantine matches a lot of what you've mentioned there, You drive a yellow taxi, but is covered in blood in all the promotional artwork, and yellow+red = brown. It is 3rd ...
DewiW's user avatar
  • 21
2 votes

Identify a 90's game with a car with a mounted cannon

I believe you're thinking of Vangers, an overhead action-adventure by KD LAB who would later go on to make Perimeter, which has a similar graphical style and some references like 'spiral' ...
knol's user avatar
  • 11.9k
1 vote
Accepted

Windows screensaver showing "natural selection"

I strongly suspect that what I was looking at was a very early cut of "Spore" by Electronic arts, as described by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spore_(2008_video_game) and various videos on ...
Mark Morgan Lloyd's user avatar
1 vote

Why did DOS-based Windows require HIMEM.SYS to boot?

It is entirely possible that it required himem simply because it had to support himem, to start with. I.e. if you have himem.sys loaded, then windows can't just look into e820 and map all the ...
stsp's user avatar
  • 161

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible