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Windows 7: Windows 311

08 Jul 2012   #1

windows 7 32bit
 
 
Windows 311

Hello !

I wanted to see if windows 311 would run on the modern hardware that we use today os i took my copy out of storage and gave it a go. Several years ago we put it onto a cd instead of the floppies it was on.

To make a short story even shorter i could not even get it to start the install. Did not see any ram for one thing. I don't think it can see 1 gig of ram. If i remember correctly ( was a long time ago ) i only had 16 megs which was the largest at the time. It also could not find the hard drives. Just for laughs and giggles i used one of my good machines for this test with 2 500gig and 1 1tb just to see what if anything would happen , i did not expect it to see the drives at all. And it did not surprise me it didn.t.

So then i pulled out a socket A ( 478 ) with athlon something running at 2 gig on a biostar motherboard. Used a 6.5 gig hard drivea and an old sony cd rom , with a hercules video card. And it started to load/install. It did install but was unstable for some reason !!!. This motherboard used the old smaller ram sticks so i only used 2 32 bits ones that were laying in the parts box.

But it did install and i was the proud user of a gloriefied file manager. If anyone remembers it only had folders on the desktop. Usb stuff did not work at all , again no surprise. We sat the monitors side by side with that and the windows 7 version and what a difference. i can't believe i thought that 311 was outstanding. Showed it to a colledge it student and he did not even know what it was , lol.

Anyone have any experience with 311 ?
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08 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Here is windows 3.11 running in a virtual window on my win 7 machine.



Rich


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08 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

and what I get from sevenforums when I try netscape to this sitel.



Rich


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08 Jul 2012   #4

windows 7 32bit
 
 

Oh let me look around i think i have the orginal cd netscape sent out around here somewhere. That was the neatest thing back then. Does it still work properly ?

I also have word perfect for dos someplace do not remember where, have to look for it. That netscape is neat.
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08 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

FWIW. I installed wfwg 3.11 from floppies using a usb floppy drives in my Windows 7 machine.

When I get a new machine, all I do is copy the virtual disk to the new machine in the proper place
and it all works again. my vhd is only 415 megs in size.



Rich
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08 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Does this bring back memories! The very first computer I ever bought, I believe it was a Packard Bell, had Windows 3.11 installed on it.
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08 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Some machines have an OS Install mode where it limits the ram that is used by the OS to 256mb. I used that on a 7 year old dell to put Windows 95 on it (but I didn't keep it as there were no drivers for that machine on Windows 95, plus XP is better)
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