What is the Difference Between Windows and DOS?


One of the key components of a computer system is its Operating System. In the earlier era of computers, computing was really difficult. In the beginning, computers use to come with a black & white screen and one who was really aware of commands could only work on them. However, things have changed ever since Microsoft has launched windows. Now everyone has their own personal computer and everyone is able to use them with ease without knowing much about all the technical stuff.

Definition of DOS Operating System

DOS stands for Disk Operating System. It is a single-user operating system that works best with only one program at a time. It uses disk storage devices like an optical disk, floppy disk or a hard disk

Definition of Windows

Windows is a GUI (Graphical User Interface) based operating system crafted and marketed by Microsoft Cooperation. It is extremely user-friendly that one can easily create files/folders and organize them accordingly without much hassle. Additionally, it provides easy to use control panel and allows users to customize the background screen by adding wallpapers and screensavers.

Let’s go through the best differences between Microsoft Windows and DOS:





Memory Consumption Consumes more memory Consumes less memory
Power Consumption Consumes more power Consumes less power
Complexity Easy to use Complicated
Performance Multitasking and Multi-user Single processing and single user
Drivers Support drivers for easy usage Doesn’t support drivers; uses hardware to get the work done
User Interface Extremely user-friendly, users can access applications easily by scrolling/clicking using the pointer of the mouse. Knowledge of commands is essential to use DOS
Networking Provides build-in networking options and allows to share files to other devices or printers easily Networking & Sharing files between computer are difficult
Speed Executes commands slowly as compared to DOS Executes commands faster than windows
Time Shares time Doesn’t share time
Size of OS Huge Small
Add-Ons Works with Keyboard and mouse Works only with keyboard
Storage comes with huge storage capacity in terabytes Stores less than 2 GB data
Media Supports multimedia files like audio, video or games Doesn’t support Multimedia files

Also Read: Windows 10: How To Uninstall A Program



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