6 operating systems that failed miserably

Over the years, we’ve used tons of different operating systems that have allowed us to get the job done more efficiently. But not every operating system that comes out deserves praise; many versions were buggy, sluggish, sluggish, and bloated to the point of embarrassment.

You might think of one or two operating systems that have given you headaches over the years, but there have actually been a handful of operating systems that just didn’t make it – including a few- some may surprise you. Here are some of the biggest operating system errors you might remember, dating back to the beginning of the GUI.

Windows 1.0 – 1985

Windows 1.0 was Microsoft’s first crack at a graphical user interface, and it went pretty badly. The company ended up dropping the first beta before finally releasing a Windows 1.01 buggy to the public.

MS-DOS 4.0 – 1988

MS-DOS was a great operating system for its time, but Microsoft kept working on it and fixed what wasn’t broken. The company released MS-DOS 4.0 to replace version 3.3, but users quickly rolled back after programs continued to crash and computers continued to freeze, thanks to poorly coded memory addressing.

MS-DOS 4.0

Java OS – 1996

Sun and IBM teamed up to create JavaOS for use with embedded systems, but it was a terrible idea from the start. The Java language was quite slow to start with at the time, and development of the operating system came to an abrupt halt after just three years. However, open source developers continued with other Java-based operating systems like Jnode (shown below) and JX.


Windows ME-2000

After the release of Windows 2000, Microsoft felt compelled – for some reason – to release another version of Windows later that same year, called Windows ME (Millennium Edition). However, it ended up being buggy, slow, and unstable. It was so bad that Microsoft only sold it for a year before pulling the plug.

Windows ME

Lindow – 2001

It seemed like a genius idea: a Linux operating system capable of running Windows applications. It sounded good on paper, but it turned out to be a disaster – which only lasted a few months before the project was scrapped. To add insult to injury, Lindows was sued by Microsoft because the company claimed the name violated the Windows trademark. The Redmond-based company ended up buying the Lindows name.


Windows Vista – 2006

Microsoft’s latest flop was Windows Vista, and it’s sometimes humorously known as the second version of Windows ME. Vista was the first operating system to implement the same desktop user interface design that Windows uses today. However, Vista ended up being extremely sluggish and sluggish, with numerous hardware compatibility issues, forcing many users to revert to the safe haven that was Windows XP, until Windows 7 arrived.

Windows Vista

This is our list of operating systems we could have lived without. Do you have others to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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