First post, by notsofossil
I know this isn't directly hardware related, but I couldn't find another similar thread.
I would like to discuss the usefulness of each Windows OS, also hear everyone's opinions on the subject. As a Windows enthusiast, I believe no Windows OS is actually bad or useless, they are all good... Except for Windows 8 because it's not really Windows at all and Windows 10 to a certain extent, I'm not a fan of what it adds and doesn't offer. Yes, even Windows ME and Vista have their places.
Now, my list just covers the Windows OSes I've used before.
Windows 98SE - Best for P2 and P3-based systems or equivalent, also good if you need full DOS support.
Windows ME - Best for P4, Pentium M and similarly new-ish systems, especially if your system doesn't have proper DOS support but you want full Win9x game support. (WinME's virtual DOS support is exactly the same as 98SE)
Windows 2000 - Best for slower systems like P4, Core Solo and Pentium M and you need NT software support, not so much 9x or DOS game support.
Windows XP - In my experience, XP is a bit of a resource hog, so I prefer to go no less than a Core Duo, "Pentium Dual Core" or low end Core 2 Duo and 1GB RAM. It's good if your system isn't new enough for Windows 7 and you need good general software support.
Windows Vista - I admit, because Windows 7 is so good, Vista has limited usefulness. Vista SP2 is about on par with 7 SP0 or SP1, so it can be swapped out with it if need be.
Windows 7 - Still the best modern Windows, great even on Core 2 Duo systems. It really needs 2GB minimum RAM though, 4GB recommended.
I don't use Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 at all, they offer nothing I need.
Really, the important detail is what kind of PC you have. That determines what Windows is best for you.