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  1. #11


    Forever West
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    As I recall, shortly after Windows 95 came out a small program became available that allowed making Windows 3.x look like Windows 95. It probably is no longer available and, as mentioned, Windows 3.x probably won't work on 64-bit hardware. Adding to the situation is the need to install MS-DOS 6.22 first followed by Windows 3.x [or Windows for Workgroups 3.x]. Windows 3.x and earlier was only a GUI/Graphical User Interface or Operating Environment that ran on top of the Operating System while DOS was the OS, both began the merge into one starting with Windows 95.

    What I have done in Windows XP was install Virtual Machine followed by Windows 95B which was the first with FAT32 disk formatting support. The first consumer of Windows to have NTFS support was Windows XP. NTFS is needed for support of single file size of 4GB and more.

    Both MS-DOS, and competing versions, plus Windows 3.x and earlier came only on floppy disks, never on CD and many new computers don't have the drive and have seen some that don't even have support in the BIOS for floppy drives, some may have it only for the A: drive but not for the B: drive.

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  2. #12


    I have 11 3.5" diskettes for 3.11 installation, first one is boot disk from which everything starts, guess it is DOS disk whith which you didn't have to go further than disk 2.
    As far as I remember 32 bit NTFS started with Win NT, not XP.
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  3. #13


    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I have 11 3.5" diskettes for 3.11 installation, first one is boot disk from which everything starts, guess it is DOS disk whith which you didn't have to go further than disk 2.
    Very possible that MS-DOS and Win3.11 were bundled. When I was building we'd sometimes get 3 disks for MS-DOS, the third one was Enhanced Tools. Windows for Workgroups 3.11 was a set of 8 disks, still have mine.
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