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Fun With Windows 3.11

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#1 Andrew


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Posted 19 March 2007 - 08:02 AM

So I was puttering around the internet this morning and I got to thinking about the first time I used Windows.

Windows 3.11, that is. Ah, those were the days, weren't they?

So I did a little looking and found a bit torrent download of the Windows 3.11 installation disk (a whopping 11.3MB :thumbsup: ).

I fired up MS Virtual PC 2007, and (after some finagling and a DOS boot disk) installed Windows 3.11.

As you might imagine, even on a VM, Windows 3.11 was as spry and responsive as a nervous fox on meth after a pot of coffee and a Red Bull when installed on my modern PC. Indeed, it was quite surprised to find itself running on a Celeron D (currently overclocked at 2.94GHz) with a full GB of RAM and a 1GB virtual hard disk. After figuring out how, the installation (along with an installation of MSDOS 6.22) took perhaps 8 minutes!

I have recorded my experience with a few pictures:

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Here we see the intial screen after booting the computer. As you old timers will recall, 3.11 did not boot, but had to be called from the DOS prompt!

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I change to the Windows directory...

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and type the command to summon Windows 3.11!

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The default Windows 3.11 desktop

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Solitaire! What PC would be complete without it?

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Now this one caught me off guard. Who'd have thunk that we needed an antivirus back in 1993? Seems MS was concerned about security...

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And thus ends today's game.

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#2 fozzie


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Posted 19 March 2007 - 08:12 AM

This brings back memories.... Install an OS with floppies.. Which virus, what virus???
The first company with some sort of a network what an American Flagged shipping line.( in 1976)
The server filled an office of about 100m2 for 20 people..

Excellent post AA

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