I like computers, their technology and, especially, .NET development using Visual Studio.

IDEs[edit | edit source]

This may seem crazy, but I have 7 different VS versions installed: 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022 and 2022 Preview. Out of all of them, I use 2012 the most.

Why so many? Because I'm exploring my upgrade paths, since VS2012's support ends in a week. Because I want to make sure all recent projects are compatible.

Have I made a decision regarding VS2012's EOS? Yes, I have; and I have decided to stick with 2012 for a little longer. However, I have begun to use newer versions as well.

My IDE setup is as follows (subject to change):

  • IDE: Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 (from VS subscription portal, main), Visual Studio Community 2017 (secondary), Visual Studio 2022 Preview (tertiary, only for Markdown editing and Git repos)
  • RSS feed: (RSS feed that works in old versions)
  • Color scheme: Visual Studio default dark theme
  • Code font: IBM Plex Mono
  • Most notable extension: Git Source Code Provider (by Yiyi Sun et. al.), Color Theme Editor (by Microsoft)
  • Debugging tabs/technologies: Autos/Locals, Immediate Window, and a mix of normal and IntelliTrace debugging
  • Account subscription: Visual Studio Dev Essentials

Collections[edit | edit source]

I have the following software collections:

Collection Size More information
Windows logo (2021).svg Windows 11 446 GB
Individual sizes of development semesters:
Contains builds from 21380 to the latest thus far (25926)
Software.png General software 139 GB Contains miscellaneous software
Vs2022 logo.png Visual Studio 72 GB Doesn't contain ISOs of 2017, 2019 or 2022 because of the Installers

Operating systems I have tested[edit | edit source]

Apart from Visual Studio versions, I often test operating systems too. I mostly use VM software (such as VMware), but I also involved my main system.

Here is a log of the operating systems I've tested since 1 January 2023:

Operating system/build Platform Install date Duration/Status Purpose(s)
Windows XP VMware 2023-07-05 6 days (present in OVA file)
  • General use
Windows 8 Release Preview VMware 2023-06-27 2 hrs 22 mins
Windows 8 Consumer Preview VMware 2023-06-26 4 hrs 20 mins
Windows 8 build 8175.5 VMware 2023-06-15 A couple of hours (present in OVA file)
Windows Developer Preview VMware 2023-06-13 22 days (present in OVA file)
Windows 2000 VMware 2023-03-18 Installed
  • Explore Donkey.NET and try to port it to modern .NET Framework versions
Windows 2000 VMware 2023-03-01 17 days (present as OVA file)
Windows XP build 2428 VMware 2023-02-26 20 mins (present as OVA file)
Windows 7 VMware 2023-02-21 Present as OVA file on external HDD
  • Debug some stuff
Windows 10 version 1703 VMware 2023-02-11 No longer on the system (moved to an external HDD)
Windows XP VMware 2023-02-09 Present as OVA file on external HDD
  • Use Legacy Update to install updates
  • Look at its SBSI (Step-by-Step Interactive)
Windows 10 version 1507 VMware 2023-01-22 No longer on the system (moved to an external HDD)
Windows NT 4.0 VMware 2023-01-13 Present as OVA file on external HDD
Windows 8.1 VMware 2023-01-10 3 hours
Windows 7 VMware 2023-01-05 5 days
Windows Me VMware 2023-01-03 Still present on the system
  • Determine compatibility with VS 2005
Windows 2000 VMware 2023-01-02 Still present on the system
Windows Vista VMware 2023-01-01 2 days
Windows 10 build 9860 VMware 2023-01-01 A few hours (don't remember)
  • Testing whether I would get the XAML (buggy and keyboard-navigated) Start menu

Out of all operating systems I've tested since I began my journey with VMs (back in 2017), here is a ranking of the ones I like most:

Rank OS Pros Cons
1 Windows 7
  • Beautiful UI (the same as Windows Vista)
  • Low usage of resources, compared to newer versions
  • High responsiveness
  • Introduced my favorite administration tool (DISM)
  • Support is out since January 2020
  • Programs will stop supporting it
2 Windows XP
  • It has THE best wallpaper in the history of Windows
  • Snappy UI, and extremely low resource usage
  • The OS I have the most nostalgia on
  • The most consistent interface
  • Few programs support it
  • Support has been unavailable for almost 10 years (non-Embedded POSReady)
3 Windows 11
  • In my opinion, it has the second best wallpaper
  • Clean, modern UI
  • More UI consistency than in Windows 10
  • The usual stuff (system requirements, Microsoft account on Pro editions...)
  • The UI is still not consistent
  • Some areas still say Windows 10
  • The UI redesign makes Windows 11 somewhat limited compared to Windows 10, and it also uses UWP apps, which in my opinion are slow and less stable
4 Windows Vista
  • The most beautiful UI (Aero)
  • The base of modern versions of Windows
  • The longest development time (until Windows 11 came out)
  • One of the most underrated operating systems

Links to other sites[edit | edit source]

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