Windows 2000, which was called NT 5.0 during development, was actually version 5.0. Windows Vista was 6.0, Windows 7 was 6.1, Windows 8 was 6.2, and Windows 8.1 is version 6.3.
VLC runs on all versions of Windows, from Windows XP SP3 to the last version of Windows 10.
Windows 10 is finally here — and it’s been a long and winding road.
Let’s step back for a moment and address one of the most confusing things about the latest version of Windows.
When Microsoft announced its newest operating system last year, the surprise was not that it was coming, but that Windows would be skipping version 9 and heading straight to 10.
Microsoft has a big enough presence in Japan that it may have skipped Windows 9 to avoid any weirdness or ill will.
Benny says that Trend Micro — a Japanese company — did the same thing a few years ago when it skipped version 9 of its antivirus software.
Second, someone purporting to be a Microsoft developer posted this comment on Reddit: As insane as that hack sounds, it’s feasible that there are still plenty of legacy Desktop apps that use this method (or something similar) to check for Windows 95 or 98.
When asked about Windows 10’s name, Microsoft never really gave a clear answer.
So why, exactly, did Windows 10 get the nod instead of 9?
You may remember that between Windows 3 and Windows 7, Microsoft designated each version with a name instead of a number: 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000, Vista, and so on.
When the company announced Windows 7, there was actually a similar amount of disbelief; after a series of named versions of Windows, it seemed odd to switch back to numbers. For example, Windows 8.1 is actually version 6.3 of Windows. The last time the release name actually matched the version number was the enterprise-focused Windows NT 4.0, which was released back in 1996.