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The system wasn’t released until two years after its first announcement, leading to suggestions that Windows was vaporware and would never actually appear.The release was a shaky start for the tech giant, as the software itself was found to be unstable.
Microsoft claimed that both operating systems derived inspiration from Xerox’s Alto and that this was the source of their similarities.
DOS could be found separately through the command prompt but it was not running Windows itself.
NT was a serious workstation OS rather than a version designed for home users.
However any heavier gaming was still run directly on MS DOS, rather than through Windows, which still ran on top of DOS.
Exiting to DOS meant that the games had direct hardware access and also access to system resources that Windows would have tied up.