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Windows 7: Windows 3.1: Twenty Years Later

14 Apr 2012   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Windows 3.1: Twenty Years Later

Yep, I remember the screen saver & the desktop backgrounds...

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Imagine a world without the Start button. No, I'm not talking about Windows 8. Dig deep into your memory, and you may recall a time when Windows 3.1 ruled the Earth.

Twenty years ago this month, Microsoft released version 3.1 of its MS-DOS graphical-shell-turned-operating-system. Windows 3.1 became the first version of Windows to be widely distributed with new PCs, cementing the dominance of Microsoft's OS on the IBM PC platform and signaling the dawn of the Golden Age of Windows.

In honor of this anniversary, let's take a visual tour through Windows 3.1. In the following slides, I'll highlight many of the innovations this colorful GUI brought to Windows for the first time.
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14 Apr 2012   #2
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

If I remember correctly, the OS came on about 20 floppy disks (there weren't any optical drives for computers back in those days). Installation was a tedious job, having to make sure that you inserted the next disk when requested (and in the correct order).
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14 Apr 2012   #3
x BlueRobot

 

I wasn't even born when this was released in 1992 :P
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16 Apr 2012   #4
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I only vaguely remember that...first computer I had total access to was a Pentium 90Mhz one, that struggled to run Windows 95. I couldn't tell you how little RAM there was, or anything else....except there were 3.5 and 5.25 floppy drives.

Oh, and can't forget the 33.6 telephone modem.....epic download times!
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16 Apr 2012   #5
Lava King

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
If I remember correctly, the OS came on about 20 floppy disks (there weren't any optical drives for computers back in those days). Installation was a tedious job, having to make sure that you inserted the next disk when requested (and in the correct order).

Windows 3.1 came on 6 floppies (3.5 inch), but of course you had to have DOS installed first and that came on 3 floppies (3.5 inch).


I worked in a computer store about that time, don't know how many Windows 3.1 installs I performed. Probably couldn't install it now as I've become accustomed to the automatic installs of today.

Windows 95 was on 13 or 17 3.5-inch floppies, and OS/2 was on 24 floppies (17 for the operating system, 7 for the additional drivers).

I don't think those were the good ol' days.


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