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Well looks like my educated guess was correct hehehe. Thanks for the confirmation guys rep to both of ya smile.gif.

Also it was Windows NT that broke the DOS backbone, and the first Windows NT was ME, so he is right about that too.
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Also it was Windows NT that broke the DOS backbone, and the first Windows NT was ME, so he is right about that too.
Actually, WinME was the last Windows that was a member of the Win9x family, using the hybrid 16/32 bit kernel that needed DOS as a bootloader. Microsoft tried to hide that by removing the ability to boot to plain DOS in the boot menu, but you could restore that functionality.

During the Windows 3.x and 9x era, Microsoft released Windows NT 3 and NT 4 (the first NT was 3, matching the version number of consumer Windows). When it was time for Windows NT 5, MS renamed it to "Windows 2000" for marketing reasons, although its internal version number was still "Windows NT 5.0." Win2K was originally intended to do what XP did, and unify the Windows families under the NT kernel. They decided to hold off on the transition due to some compatibility issues, but Win2K was perfectly fine for everyday use by the vast majority of people. I used it for years, well into the XP era, as my primary OS.

Windows releases were still numbered internally based on their revision of the NT kernel until Windows 10. Windows XP was Windows NT 5.1. Server 2003/XP x64 were NT 5.2. Vista was NT 6.0, Windows 7 is NT 6.1, Windows 8 is NT 6.2, Windows 8.1 is NT 6.3, and Windows 10 started life as NT 6.4, but has since been changed to kernel version 10.0 in order to finally match the Windows version number.
     
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Actually, WinME was the last Windows that was a member of the Win9x family, using the hybrid 16/32 bit kernel that needed DOS as a bootloader. Microsoft tried to hide that by removing the ability to boot to plain DOS in the boot menu, but you could restore that functionality.

During the Windows 3.x and 9x era, Microsoft released Windows NT 3 and NT 4 (the first NT was 3, matching the version number of consumer Windows). When it was time for Windows NT 5, MS renamed it to "Windows 2000" for marketing reasons, although its internal version number was still "Windows NT 5.0." Win2K was originally intended to do what XP did, and unify the Windows families under the NT kernel. They decided to hold off on the transition due to some compatibility issues, but Win2K was perfectly fine for everyday use by the vast majority of people. I used it for years, well into the XP era, as my primary OS.

Windows releases were still numbered internally based on their revision of the NT kernel until Windows 10. Windows XP was Windows NT 5.1. Server 2003/XP x64 were NT 5.2. Vista was NT 6.0, Windows 7 is NT 6.1, Windows 8 is NT 6.2, Windows 8.1 is NT 6.3, and Windows 10 started life as NT 6.4, but has since been changed to kernel version 10.0 in order to finally match the Windows version number.

Great post +Rep
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