MS-DOS and Windows 3.1

Noah Petherbridge
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Posted by Noah Petherbridge on Saturday, February 14 2009 @ 05:34:34 AM
For a limited time only, files for installing MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1!

Windows 3.1

Download the tar.gz here (~80 MB).

The tarball contains:

  • MS-DOS 6.22 Installer Floppy Images
  • Windows 3.1 Installer Floppy Images
  • Drivers:
    • CD-ROM Driver (Floppy Image)
    • DOSIDLE to make DOS not consume 100% CPU(Floppy Image)
    • WQGHLT to make Windows not consume 100% CPU (Floppy Image)
    • SoundBlaster 16 Drivers (CD Image)
  • A VirtualBox Disk Image (VDI file) which has all of the above installed on it.

Installation Notes:

The version of Windows in this tarball is 3.1 -- not Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (for that, download it separately from my MS-DOS page). I got ahold of this version of Windows 3.1 from a CD image instead of floppies, so I had to convert them to floppy images myself, and not all the files fit on all the disks (there should only be 6 disk images but there's 7 in this tarball).

Windows 3.1 can still be installed from these images, it will just require more disk juggling. When you get a "Can't read file" error, you'll usually swap in the next numbered disk and hit enter. Sometimes you'll have to go to the previous disk instead.

Update:

If you want to download the components separately (DOS, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and the drivers) you can find individual links on my MS-DOS page.

Another Update:

(10/11/12)

If you have issues with erratic mouse movement within Windows 3.1 on VirtualBox, some solutions are (from here):

  • Start Windows in standard mode (win /s)
  • Disable hardware virtualization (in the System/Acceleration tab in the VM settings)
  • Find a video driver that supports more than 16 colors (more info here).

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Posted on Wednesday, May 05 2010 @ 12:55:58 PM by john.

dalbaev!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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Posted on Sunday, August 22 2010 @ 06:50:55 PM by din100.

Thank you very much I have this in floppy but don't have floppy drive any more this is great help

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Posted on Friday, September 03 2010 @ 05:50:06 PM by Juan A. Adrover.

Kirsle this a great download brother, I been looking for this a long time and I finally found it on your page, I try it on virtual box and it work perfect, it remind me the good old days.

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Posted on Saturday, December 11 2010 @ 07:31:29 AM by the man with the power!.

dose it inc all of the floppys?

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Posted on Saturday, December 11 2010 @ 07:46:28 AM by the man with the power! again.

is there a zip file instead of a tar.gz?

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Posted on Saturday, December 11 2010 @ 09:02:00 AM by Noah Petherbridge.

Download WinRAR, it can open tar.gz (I thought the latest WinZip would too though but not sure about that).

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Posted on Tuesday, February 08 2011 @ 09:11:55 PM by the man with the power!.

is for windows or linux?

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Posted on Wednesday, March 30 2011 @ 11:58:38 AM by SFSCEGSWDZC.

I have a oracle virtualbox.It same than MSDOS

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Posted on Tuesday, April 19 2011 @ 12:42:47 AM by Hayden Jones.

To open any basic zipped or compressed file (even some executables), download 7ZIP - http://www.7-zip.org/

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Posted on Wednesday, July 20 2011 @ 04:04:22 PM by Tagadada.

Tx alot for the images

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Posted on Saturday, September 03 2011 @ 08:37:16 AM by Anonymous.

Why would anyone want to go back to the so called good old days. Windows is much better now than it ever has been.

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Posted on Friday, September 09 2011 @ 05:44:13 PM by Pete Hera.

Thanks a lot kirsle. You did a great job! Just the best download I ever found in the net.
Greetings. Pete Hera

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Posted on Friday, September 23 2011 @ 05:21:14 PM by Limon93.

Thnks a lot!! :)

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Posted on Monday, September 26 2011 @ 08:29:39 PM by Andrew.

THANK YOU especially for the VirtualBox disk image. You rock

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Posted on Monday, October 31 2011 @ 06:21:52 PM by hadi .

tank u i from iram !

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Posted on Sunday, December 25 2011 @ 01:00:37 AM by skynet.

thanks man, found my ancestors

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Posted on Wednesday, January 25 2012 @ 01:04:06 AM by James.

Posted on Saturday, Sep 03 2011 @ 12:37 AM by Anonymous
Why would anyone want to go back to the so called good old days. Windows is much better now than it ever has been.

I can offer my 2 reasons - Need (I have an old 3.1 Image Editor that I love (ProImage Plus) which has worked throughout the years until 64bit, now its dead - I hope this will let me keep on using it :) and 2 - A Trip Down Memory Lane.

Thanks for the Post.

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Posted on Saturday, February 11 2012 @ 11:36:58 PM by Mike.

Thanks for downloading, Kirsle. My first setup floppy is unreadable and I need a dos vm for a legacy app... thanks again.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 14 2012 @ 04:47:20 PM by Dennis.

Thanks. This brought back a lot of good memories. I installed it on a 32bit netbook just for kicks. You should hear some of the comments I get when I go into the local coffee shop to use the wifi internet with it. (c:}

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15 2012 @ 04:18:05 PM by Gene.

Thank you so much!!! I have my old floppies in a frame on the wall (no way to install them). Now I am able to play Warcraft Orcs vs Humans on my Mac...

I am having a personal "nerd Fest" right now.

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Posted on Sunday, February 26 2012 @ 08:49:14 PM by Dean.

Thanks for the files. You saved the day!

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Posted on Saturday, March 03 2012 @ 11:50:37 PM by Josh in Nebraska.

/applause
/whistle
/cheers
/bow

Thank you for the toys to live again the memories...

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Posted on Tuesday, March 20 2012 @ 10:47:57 PM by Letterio Orazio rossi.

Hi
thanks a lot
for software offered
they help me remake
my old travel Texas
available
regards

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Posted on Friday, May 11 2012 @ 08:04:15 AM by a.

Very kind of you, but the disk images are damaged. Just mount image 6 and run "dir". I tried to install with them and windows won't launch; a bunch of its executables are zero-length

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Posted on Sunday, May 13 2012 @ 11:18:29 AM by guest.

Awesome!!! I don't need to take out the dust of my old floppy drive!!!

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Posted on Tuesday, May 15 2012 @ 03:44:25 AM by Noah Tyson.

Thanks! This works well when you need to bypass the windows 98 upgrades disc setup programs request to verify your right to use it. And by the way, cool website. did you buy this from a hosting site or did you set up your own server rack at home?

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Posted on Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 11:23:21 PM by mahir256.

Okay, so the install of Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS 6.22 in a VM on QEMU went without any problems, except for one peculiar problem: WQGHLT does what it needs to do (frees CPU cycles), but DOSIDLE does not. Also, when putting it in my AUTOEXEC, the whole system either freezes on startup (more common), or it gives a 'divide error' (or similar), keeping one of my cores at 100%. The effect is particularly noticeable when going into Windows 3.1, equipped with WQGHLT, from the command prompt, and seeing the usage in Task Manager on the host system go down significantly.

Am I doing something wrong here?

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Posted on Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 11:41:40 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

I haven't tested running this in QEMU, only VirtualBox. If you just run DOSIDLE.EXE by itself does it help? If so, the autoexec might just be wrong.

IIRC, you just have a line in autoexec.bat like this:

C:\DOSIDLE\DOSIDLE.EXE

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Posted on Friday, May 25 2012 @ 12:03:37 AM by mahir256.

@Kirsle All right, I changed the hard drive format from VHD to VMDK and the problem no longer exists.

Odd.

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Posted on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 08:47:45 PM by resuni.

Having a problem trying to put this on an old Dell Latitude. Doesn't matter if I'm trying to install Windows 3.1 or MS-DOS, if I try to boot from one of the floppies I get this message: Remove disks and other media. \ Press any key to restart.

I'm fairly certain there isn't a problem with the floppy drive because I'm able to boot an MS-DOS startup disk I created with the Windows Explorer format tool (in Windows 7). I've tried booting this startup disk, then switched to an MS-DOS floppy, then ran SETUP from there but it then get a message: To install MS-DOS, insert Setup Disk 1 in drive A and press CTRL+ALT+DEL. This will restart your computer and begin the setup program.

Is there something I need to do to make these floppies bootable or something before I copy the image over to them?

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Posted on Saturday, August 04 2012 @ 07:29:53 PM by Pietrr.

very decent support for a dino os!
i realy like your stuff, and i combine it with : http://cwshep.blogspot.de/2009/04/printing-from-dos-in-virtualbox.html
to get printing in dos-in-vnox-on-linux-via-comport :-)

Thy, you are the man

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Posted on Wednesday, August 29 2012 @ 10:30:30 PM by Anonymous.

Very good archive,
Thanks a lot!

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Posted on Tuesday, October 02 2012 @ 09:00:20 PM by Jared Bates.

Great!

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Posted on Friday, October 05 2012 @ 05:44:40 AM by deejaygnzlz2.

(um) how to download it

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Posted on Friday, October 05 2012 @ 05:47:20 AM by deejaygnzlz2.

(#) i wanted to use MS-DOS

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Posted on Thursday, October 11 2012 @ 11:48:54 AM by vmlover.

@Kirsle
The MS-DOS floppies don't work really well in VirtualBox 4.2.*. I've tried to insert the 2nd floppy when it requests for it, but it always freezes (even CTRL+ALT+DEL doesn't work) so I have to reset the VM. MS VPC 2007/Win VPC works a little bit better.

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Posted on Thursday, October 11 2012 @ 04:42:11 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

That's weird. I just tested it in VirtualBox 4.2.0 and it managed to install DOS successfully (this is on a Fedora Linux host though).

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Posted on Saturday, October 13 2012 @ 06:48:42 AM by vmlover.

@Kirsle
It probably didn't work for me because I'm running a Micro$oft Window$ host, does that make any difference?
Thanks!
vmlover

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Posted on Tuesday, October 16 2012 @ 12:52:46 PM by vmlover.

@Kirsle
I installed it successfully on my Windows OS with VirtualBox 4.1.8 like, say, 2 months ago.
FYI, I've used the command "vboxmanage" to convert the VDI image provided in your tarball to a VHD image. I tested it on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, but your Windows 3.1 (in 386 Enh. Mode) would not boot for a full 1.5 minutes after I typed "WIN" in the DOS prompt. It also gives you those funny errors like this:

PROGMAN.EXE caused a General Protection Fault in XXXX:YYYY.

Then, it makes you go back to MS-DOS.
--vmlover

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Posted on Monday, October 29 2012 @ 04:45:59 AM by Jeffrey Tan.

used dos op system develment databas application.and next learn c , assemble ' language R&D other product .
I am 60 years old .

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Posted on Wednesday, December 12 2012 @ 02:58:48 PM by Jayne.

Please Help...

I really need Windows 3.1 for the sole purpose of using Paint. Without getting technical (coz I'd only confuse myself!!!) Paint on this version of windows was different from what it is today and that's the one I need!!).

I've read comments etc on here, but I really haven't got a clue about computers.

Please could someone be kind enough to explain to me how I could install this version of Windows on my PC, or maybe I could install it on another old PC I could get my hands to avoid losing data on my lovely new PC.

I would very much appreciate it so m if someone could please tell me step by step how I can install this using the links on this web page?

Many many thanks in advance

Jayne

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Posted on Sunday, December 16 2012 @ 06:38:13 PM by Iranian man.

Thanks a lot.

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Posted on Monday, December 17 2012 @ 02:06:55 PM by Jayne.

Please Help...

I really need Windows 3.1 for the sole purpose of using Paint. Without getting technical (coz I'd only confuse myself!!!) Paint on this version of windows was different from what it is today and that's the one I need!!).

I've read comments etc on here, but I really haven't got a clue about computers.

Please could someone be kind enough to explain to me how I could install this version of Windows on my PC, or maybe I could install it on another old PC I could get my hands to avoid losing data on my lovely new PC.

I would very much appreciate it so m if someone could please tell me step by step how I can install this using the links on this web page?

Many many thanks in advance

Jayne

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Posted on Wednesday, December 26 2012 @ 09:53:02 PM by Soner CAKIR.

You sir, made my day :)

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Posted on Sunday, January 06 2013 @ 10:38:01 AM by noname.

thanks man it help me a lot

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Posted on Monday, February 11 2013 @ 10:52:51 PM by david.

hey, im working on installing my old windows programs on virtual pc and my dos6 DISK 1 has errors. i got from spin rite that Setup.exe, Restore.ex_, and Qbasic.exe are corrupt...

Can i get these three and resave them on my disk or there an easier way here?

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Posted on Saturday, March 02 2013 @ 01:56:03 AM by Rohit.

is a brilyant

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Posted on Friday, April 05 2013 @ 02:41:07 PM by Kitten S..

Whoa! THese are great! Thanks so much. I have never been allowed to properly install windows from scratch (well, I did do a reinstall of XP but that's different) but now I can expirence what it was like to install from DOS from scratch, thanks thanks so so sos sooooooo MUCH!

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Posted on Tuesday, April 30 2013 @ 07:50:02 PM by shitfacie.

well shit how thee fuck are you gonna get the right file from the 80 mb you dumb stupid bitch\

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Posted on Tuesday, May 28 2013 @ 09:22:59 PM by me.

Maybe you are just to stupid to understand.

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Posted on Friday, June 14 2013 @ 02:44:58 PM by Jaron.

Hey, do you know if I would be able to run this version of windows off of a USB on a modern (2009) laptop that I took the C: drive out of?

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Posted on Saturday, June 15 2013 @ 06:53:41 PM by Max Entropy.

Thanks! Great to have these images - I have the floppies, but no floppy drive. Funny they're still called floppies when real floppies disappeared long before these came out. Floppies were the real deal when tape drives cost thousands. Sic transit omnia.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 19 2013 @ 03:45:22 PM by Prashant.

Thanks bro :-)

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Posted on Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 08:20:27 PM by Mcsauce.

Thanks for these 3.1 disks. I was recently given my friends, now ancient, OS/2 for Windows 3.1 floppies. ACTUAL floppies, and needed a 3.1 base install for my VM. Time to go total nostalgia. ;D

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Posted on Saturday, July 27 2013 @ 02:57:14 AM by Lee.

Thanks a lot for these files!!

I get these weird 'Library file damaged' errors when I try to use certain aspects of windows or open certain programs. Any ideas what is causing this??

Thanks alot.

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Posted on Friday, August 16 2013 @ 06:19:58 AM by BelowTheBelt.

Thanks for the files cutie.

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Posted on Saturday, September 14 2013 @ 03:28:59 PM by FiggyCity.

(||) sucks, and this is the opposite. it does not suck at all. dos ftw

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Posted on Monday, September 16 2013 @ 05:42:34 PM by xex.

Thanks bro! A trip back to the past!

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Posted on Friday, September 20 2013 @ 11:27:42 AM by Persian Rock Star.

i had Need For Speed 3 (retro)
it was awesome helpful to me. now i can play that brilliant game.
thanks so much.

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Posted on Saturday, October 12 2013 @ 03:20:00 AM by Dale.

I know this is a late comment but thanks for the Win3.1, I have a problem trying to get 256 colors I have a NVIDIA GeForce 7500 LE chip set board and wondering if I can use the old window3.1 display drivers?

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Posted on Saturday, October 12 2013 @ 07:05:16 AM by Noah Petherbridge.

If you're installing Win3.1 in a virtual machine, it doesn't matter what your real life video card is, the virtual machine sees the fake video card that VirtualBox shows it (i.e. Win3.1 would have no way of knowing you have an NVIDIA card even if it wanted to check. It just sees a standard VGA compatible card that VirtualBox presents to it).

So yeah. Normal VGA drivers will work. :)

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Posted on Sunday, October 13 2013 @ 10:06:33 AM by Dale.

Thanks for that Kirsle, I have 386grabber file called SVGA256.3GR and a driver SVGA256.DRV on my harddisk. For 256 colors do I just edit the system.ini / system.inf files to get the video drv installed?

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Posted on Friday, December 06 2013 @ 08:47:52 AM by Mark.

Thanks Kirsle .. Your the man! :)

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Posted on Wednesday, January 01 2014 @ 06:50:32 AM by hemal shah.

Dear All,

I have P1 system and have installed windows 3.11 work group with DOS 6.22 after some time (few hours) of running system indicate that "operating system not found" and system stop.

Can any one tell what would be the problem of having this message and what can we do to resolve the same.

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Posted on Thursday, January 02 2014 @ 09:33:21 PM by tapogoco.

Thanx for this I hace images of all tthe previous versions but the DoS files were on a CD thatgot brokken my history is now compete

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Posted on Sunday, January 05 2014 @ 03:41:34 AM by Anonymous.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 15 2014 @ 04:38:27 AM by James.

Thank Thanks and Thanks again. The only problem I have is it keep telling to insert the disk labeled MS-DOS 5.0 disk 1 and I thought I had but it still says it. Any answers to that.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 12 2014 @ 10:21:27 AM by Tien Khoa Nguyen.

Jesus Christ! Thank you to Jesus Christ!!

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Posted on Saturday, February 15 2014 @ 10:18:30 AM by Anonymous.

FLOPPY FLOPPY FLOP

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Posted on Saturday, February 15 2014 @ 11:51:26 PM by targo.

Thank you for this great download. I am looking many years for something like that.
Many thanls

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Posted on Sunday, February 16 2014 @ 05:46:47 PM by BlackMetalWar.

Hail Kirsle!!!

You are a true computer warrior!!!

My immensely powerful 4MiB RAM (1992?) Sanyo has a new lease of life.

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Posted on Sunday, March 02 2014 @ 03:34:15 PM by sirmaxalot305.

do these drivers work on vmware

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Posted on Tuesday, March 18 2014 @ 11:20:42 AM by Vic.

Check out my ideea here...
http://betatestspot.blogspot.ro/2014/03/msdos-622-win-311-bootable-hard-drive.html

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Posted on Wednesday, March 19 2014 @ 08:07:18 PM by hopscotch.

"Why would anyone want to go back to the so called good old days. Windows is much better now than it ever has been. "?!?!?!
Sir, I believe you are in the wrong place... That's like asking why anyone would ever want to own a NES anymore because the newer systems are so much 'better'... There are plenty of reasons for installing a legacy OS such as DOS (CMD is NOT DOS) and Win 3.11.

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Posted on Thursday, March 20 2014 @ 09:04:57 AM by arminelec.

@Kirsle Thank you very much for keeping this corner of the [Internet] universe going.

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Posted on Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 08:38:15 PM by Robert.

thanks for the files but i noticed with the WfW 3.11 disk images there are items missing from the control panel

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Posted on Saturday, June 07 2014 @ 02:45:28 AM by Ed.

Kewl!!! Thanks!

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Posted on Tuesday, June 10 2014 @ 10:24:54 PM by Attila.

OMG! Thank you so much. :)

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Posted on Sunday, June 22 2014 @ 08:38:26 PM by Floppy Disk.

Kirsle Hey, I did not know you could tell me a program to format floppys.
Dos to me that does not fit on a floppy disk.

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Posted on Friday, June 27 2014 @ 01:24:08 PM by Mac.

Thank you. I want to try upgrading from Windows 1.0 to Windows 8 in VMware Workstation.

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Posted on Monday, July 14 2014 @ 11:33:56 AM by Simon.

Downloaded Win3.11 on Dos6.22 - worked well. Now on a nostalgia high...

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Posted on Sunday, July 20 2014 @ 08:27:08 AM by Mark Lammas.

I downloaded this because I need the old Cardfile program to get at some old personal addresses and contact details from my original Win 3.11 PC days. I have these on a CD somewhere, in a .crd file. I loved DOS, and still use it on occasion; I've an ancient DOS laptop which still works; now I might be able to put the appropriate Windows back on it...

Now, does anyone have the old WordPerfect for DOS program?....

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Posted on Friday, July 25 2014 @ 05:28:10 AM by WinWorld Abandonware.

You did a great job on this VM. If anybody's looking for software to load up on this for the full effect we have a large library of this over at WinWorld

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Posted on Tuesday, July 29 2014 @ 02:48:22 PM by ath.

thanks for the upload mate!! :)

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Posted on Wednesday, September 24 2014 @ 10:28:36 PM by Mousy.

If you would like to view various other old DOS operating systems, I found these pages.
http://winworldpc.com/
http://old-dos.ru/index.php?page=files&mode=files&do=list&cat=41
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3Ddos%2B2.11%2Bcorona%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address%26biw%3D1024%26bih%3D420&sl=zh-CN&u=http://hi.baidu.com/skyonlyer/item/2bb9eddd51663915e1f46f40&sandbox=0&usg=ALkJrhi4RnQFysoA5Wuv-f1tIu05FbDegQ
http://hampa.ch/pub/software/DOS/DOS/
http://vetusware.com/category/OS/?cat=1

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Posted on Sunday, October 05 2014 @ 08:18:11 PM by Steve.

Looks like a great site. Too bad I don't have an O/S on my
old HDisks.

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Posted on Friday, January 16 2015 @ 09:25:28 PM by c4iff.

So what's the easiest method to transfer files two and from the VM, do you have to make a floppy image of anything you want to copy than mount it?

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Posted on Thursday, January 22 2015 @ 07:02:45 PM by jake.

thx

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Posted on Tuesday, February 03 2015 @ 03:17:56 PM by Camila Perez.

Hi, hy host is Ubuntu, and I'm running dos and win 3.1 from the vdi file just fine, but I cant seem to make the shared folder thing to work.
I setup the shared folder in virtualbox settings, but when I try net use x: \vboxsrv\sharedfoldername it says "bad command or file name", so net is not installed .. Do you know any workaround for sharing files beterrn host and guest in this case?

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Posted on Tuesday, February 03 2015 @ 07:18:15 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

VirtualBox Guest Additions don't support any version of Windows older than Windows 2000/XP, so shared folders won't work. Other ideas:

  • If the networking works, try an FTP server you can connect to from within the virtual machine.
  • Create a floppy disk image you attach to the VM to copy files to/from, then detach it from the VM and mount it as a loopback device on the host OS to access files.
  • For a host-to-guest only transfer, create an ISO image (some CD burners on Linux let you turn a folder into an ISO file instead of burning to disk; you'd select your folder, right-click "burn to disk" and on the burn:/// URI the button to actually burn would pop up a window where one option is to make an ISO instead.
  • Power off the DOS VM, and attach its hard disk as a secondary drive on a newer VM (i.e. Windows XP or Linux) which does support guest additions. Note that two VMs can not be powered on at the same time if they have the same disk attached!

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Posted on Sunday, February 08 2015 @ 05:37:36 PM by zemco123.

Thaaaank you!

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Posted on Tuesday, February 10 2015 @ 12:51:51 PM by Doceave.

Many many thanks Kirsle for your work.

Installed Win 3.1 on DOSBOX with no problem.

I have downloaded some of the MS Entertainment Packages with games like Skiing and Rodent Revenge - I am however receiving erros when attempting to run the game EXE's --- "Make sure.... that all libraries are are available".

Could you offer some expert assistance?

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Posted on Saturday, March 07 2015 @ 06:17:34 AM by FriendsNone.

download link is broken?

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Posted on Saturday, March 07 2015 @ 06:21:45 AM by Noah Petherbridge.

Fixed it - sorry about that. :)

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Posted on Saturday, March 07 2015 @ 07:16:58 AM by DOS64bituser.

Great page, glad to see such a current maintained website in relation to MS-DOS, and as I can see from the navigation menu on the left, much more. Needed pure MS-DOS disk images to teach a strong foundation in using computers in general, and to build from there into current technologies while showing ties and connections to the legendary MS-DOS along the way, once again, glad I found this site. I will be coming by often. Thank you!

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Posted on Monday, March 16 2015 @ 05:42:15 PM by jake.

thanks but do u have it in a single iso?

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Posted on Monday, March 16 2015 @ 08:09:51 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 were originally distributed as floppy disks, so no CD-based installation is supported.

On this page I have an "unpacked" Windows 3.11 install folder (it's a single zip file that contains all files from all Win3.11 floppy disks). You could turn that into an ISO file using any ISO creation tool. It will not be directly bootable, however.

So at a bare minimum you could:

  1. Install MS-DOS from floppy disk images (no CD/ISO based install is supported for MS-DOS).
    • Or if you have a DOS boot floppy that has CD-ROM drivers built in, boot that and then mount an ISO containing all the unpacked MS-DOS floppy files. But basically, a floppy disk boot is going to be used one way or another.
  2. Install a CD-ROM driver into MS-DOS so that you can mount a CD as D:\ for example.
  3. Create an ISO based on the unpacked Win3.11 install files and mount it as D:\
  4. Install Win3.11 from there, rather than the floppy on A:\. The installation would happen more or less the same way except it won't ask you to insert the next floppy disk, as all the files it needs are already present on D:\.

BTW: I used a command similar to this to automagically mount and copy all files from the Win3.11 disk images into one folder (from a Linux system) to create the unpacked zip file:

root# mkdir /mnt/floppy
root# mkdir /tmp/output
root# for i in *.img; do mount -o loop $i /mnt/floppy; \
      cp -r /mnt/floppy/* /tmp/output/; \
      umount /mnt/floppy; done

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Posted on Friday, March 20 2015 @ 11:07:37 PM by osei.

Hi,
This is really great. I have been looking for windows 3.11 for a while. Just to remember how far the computer world has come in a very short time. Its good you got it here for download. I will try it out.

Another question I have is this.
I am very new to virtualBox and want to give it a go.
If I have an image of my windows 8 box and I want to restore this on a virtual box, how do I go about this?
I hope you will be able to enlighten me on this.
Thanks

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Posted on Monday, March 23 2015 @ 02:50:13 PM by Istvan TAKATS.

You are great! Thank You very much your work.

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Posted on Friday, March 27 2015 @ 03:49:50 PM by MichaelD.

I read a post asking why would anyone want to run this old OS. (I go back to 3.20) I run 6.22 because of a radio BBS system I helped develop back in the 80's. I still have it running on a old Dell Optiplex (slim line). I know its going to die one of these days, so this site has put the bug in me to get on a newer machine.. I also run a similar vintage Optiplex tower with Win98, using it as a file storage machine. These rigs are over 25 years old, so am treading on thin ice; especially since they run 24/7. So, I go from MSDOS to Server2008 plus Win7. The fun part of 6.22 is scripting for extra memory. The BBS takes a lot of extra RAM to function. Anyone remember the old game of Eliza? My old 8088/8086 machine is used for EPROM burning and Amtor. (not that I burn any PROM's any more) What's my favorite OS? Vista, hands down, but this old stuff is a kick to fool with.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 31 2015 @ 01:03:11 AM by Tony Robichaud.

I purchased my first computer in late 1978. MS-DOS did not exist yet but TRSDOS is what I learned to use. During the 1980's I wrote a complete set of accounting programs while being an Accounting Manager. When IBM's PC came out I slowly switched to Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS and continues to write programs. Sure, the PCs today are better but not faster for the work I was doing. I recently fired up an old Windows 98 computer and my TRS-80 portable and both work very well. But I could not recoup an old IBM desktop running win 3.1 that had the two floppy sizes. I still have tons of 5-1/4 and 3-1/2 disks holding my old programs that worked very well during the 80's. Now I'm writing a similar set of programs that work with win 95 to win 8 and trying to get my previous stuff in text format. The win 98 has a 3-1/2 disk drive and an MS-DOS prompt that I can use but will come back here it I need to download win 3.1 I'm glad I found this site while it's still around. The TRS-80 model 4 uses only 2 5-1/4 disks and there is no way to get my stuff transferred out of those TRSDOS disks into something like a text file I can read with more recent windows computers... darn it.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 31 2015 @ 02:03:01 PM by Mark.

Hello Kirsle

Firstly thank you for this webpage and your downloads.

I am looking t install Dos 6.22 in a VM.
I have downloaded and installed Virtualbox as per your suggestion. I have attempted to create VM and point it to the unzipped Dos 6.22 img files but when I do I get a message saying the File is not correct and cannot load the OS? well that is not the exact wording but you get the idea. Am I doing something wrong? others seem t have success so I think it must be me?.. VB seems to be looking for an optical file and doesn't like the .img ?. Please help as I really need this to work. Thank you in advance

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Posted on Tuesday, March 31 2015 @ 06:58:57 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

@Mark:

Attach a floppy drive controller to the VM (if you created it as a DOS VM, it should have one by default). And then mount the floppy .img file as a floppy disk rather than a CD or hard disk.

Screenshots:

Floppy Controller

Attach a floppy image

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Posted on Friday, April 24 2015 @ 12:00:24 PM by Coltan.

Power.exe that comes with ms-dos regulates power consumption (CPU)

example

DEVICE=c:\dos\power.exe

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Posted on Tuesday, May 05 2015 @ 04:08:46 AM by Trent.

Has nobody noticed that the Windows 3.1 floppies are messed up, or am I the only one? The MS-DOS floppies are fine, but three files on the Windows floppies are corrupt (Windows Setup brings up an "Unable to read file" error), and the files on the Windows floppies are arranged incorrectly across the disks. For example, Setup will ask for Disk 2, and you stick it in, and then later it will ask for Disk 2 again, at which point you actually need to stick in Disk 3, because for whatever reason some files that are supposed to be on Disk 2 are on Disk 3 instead. This happens across a couple other disks, too.

Both of these issues happen in both Virtualbox and on a physical computer.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 05 2015 @ 06:23:42 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

In the blog post for this (these comments are shared between the blog and the /msdos page) I mentioned what the cause of this is.

I got ahold of this version of Windows 3.1 from a CD image instead of floppies, so I had to convert them to floppy images myself, and not all the files fit on all the disks (there should only be 6 disk images but there's 7 in this tarball).

Windows 3.1 can still be installed from these images, it will just require more disk juggling. When you get a "Can't read file" error, you'll usually swap in the next numbered disk and hit enter. Sometimes you'll have to go to the previous disk instead.

I'll make a note of it on the /msdos page as well.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 13 2015 @ 10:00:44 AM by Michael.

Hi Kirsle,

I think it's really cool to get some the old 90's stuff running again on modern hardware. :D But so far I have no luck. :'(
I've downloaded and installed the latest version VirtualBox on my Windows 7 x64 machine. Unfortunately it keeps crashing as soon as I start any virtual machine. I've also tried to create one from scratch. I get it to boot from the first MS-DOS 6.22 floppy image, but after a few seconds I get a memory error and it just aborts the VM. It seems like a terribly unstable product... :-(
Do you have any suggestions for me?

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Posted on Wednesday, May 13 2015 @ 05:22:58 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

What are the specs on the Windows 7 machine? It should have enough RAM to allocate some to a virtual machine while still having >50% for the host OS.

iirc MS-DOS VMs default to only needing some low amount of memory (like 128MB or something? DOS/Windows 3.1 wasn't a very memory hungry system by today's standards), you can probably just use the defaults. If your host OS has only 1GB of RAM altogether that could be an issue still, though.

VirtualBox as a product is really stable; I haven't had any issues with it. If your computer is like 10 years, get a new one. ;)

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Posted on Monday, May 18 2015 @ 12:39:04 PM by Michael.

Hi Kirsle,
Thanks for your reply. If my computer was 10 years old, there would be no need for a VM since a computer from that era should be perfectly capable to run Windows 3.11 as its primary OS... :-)
Actually my computer is quite new (Intel Core i7 with 8 GB RAM). So that shouldn't be a problem. I've also tried this on another machine (Intel Xeon with 8 GB RAM) and the result is the same. VirtualBox just keeps crashing every time. :-(
In the meantime I was able however to install Windows 3.11 using DosBox.... That worked like a charm. :D Of course you don't get a snapshot mechanism with DosBox, that why I would prefer a VM.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 03 2015 @ 01:10:06 PM by jack.

i use virtual box everday on MS-DOS 5.00.224 Beta
and windows 3.00

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Posted on Wednesday, June 17 2015 @ 08:05:45 AM by Max.

If you like DOS and/or its software you can participate in a new international project. We are looking for 100 users and 10 developers (to start), from all over the world who want to use DOS and if we find them, it will be back (updated and free, of course). The new software for this OS will be available, too.
If you are interested – contact us: dosrenewal@gmail.com and let us know that you want to use either DOS or its software so we could add you to the users list. In addition, we invite programmers interested in working on the DOS kernel, drivers and software.

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Posted on Friday, June 19 2015 @ 01:52:43 PM by jack.

I create website named DOSWORLD if anybody interested MS-DOS and Windows this for you.
DOSWORLD THIS SITE WHERE PEOPLE TALK OLD MS-DOS OR WINDOWS

https://dosworld.wordpress.com/ms-dos-5-00-224-found/

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Posted on Wednesday, July 15 2015 @ 04:35:52 PM by Michael Rowe.

Where is setup.exe?

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Posted on Thursday, July 16 2015 @ 12:28:02 PM by Przemek Laskowski.

Poland.
Jak zbudować pendrive USB z win.3.11 ?
Musi dobrze pracować z plikami .dos i .exe
Czy to budowa w HPusbFormatToll - SelfImage ?
Proszę zbuduj live cd/usb z systemem win 3.11
o masie 1 gb ze wszystkimi ważnymi dla ciebie dzisiaj pluginami.

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Posted on Sunday, August 09 2015 @ 05:04:55 PM by jack.

MS-DOS 5.00.224 BETA do not have Setup.exe because it early MS-DOS 5.0 Beta Build. To INSTALL MS-DOS 5.00.224 BETA you must type INSTALL.EXE (SETUP) to setup MS-DOS 5.00.224 BETA. There more infomation on MS-DOS 5.00.224 BETA on my called DOSWORLD
https://dosworld.wordpress.com/ms-dos-5-00-224-found/

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Posted on Sunday, August 16 2015 @ 09:49:36 PM by Paul.

hi i am running into a problem involving copy files when installing windows 3.1 onto the virtualbox it says File Copy Error Unable To Read File

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Posted on Monday, August 24 2015 @ 02:51:35 PM by Tom.

AWESOME!

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Posted on Thursday, September 17 2015 @ 05:41:13 PM by Yee.

Thanks kirsle Your The Best!!

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Posted on Monday, September 28 2015 @ 03:37:45 PM by Lordmoggy.

Ah! The good old days, the days before internet gotta love bbs simple modems logging into bulletin board systems searching for files like mod music and trackers even games like betrayal at krondor and the early Warcraft series those were the days now days you don't see real games on shelves anymore now you must use that crazy arse steam to pay play bugger that !!! You can keep your game I prefer the old way pay once not twice for software. Even Internet access prices are crazy too. Soon the net will only be for the rich!!! No matter the good old days were the best!

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Posted on Friday, October 02 2015 @ 03:32:05 PM by Draug.

How can I configure the config.sys and autoexec.bat to allow use of the DVD from DOS?

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Posted on Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 01:40:38 PM by Continuous.

Wow, or rather WfW!

I am getting "This is not a bootable disk. Please insert...".
I've setup WFW311-1.img as the floppy in virtualbox.

Any thoughts?
Cheers, and thanks.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 04:52:51 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

@Continuous:

The Windows 3.1 disks are not bootable. You must boot and install MS-DOS first, and then install Windows from the floppy from within MS-DOS, as if it were a videogame and not an operating system. Like,

C:\>A:
A:\>setup.exe

Windows 3.1 was more of a graphical desktop shell than a full operating system. It runs as an application on DOS like any other.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 21 2015 @ 04:50:23 AM by Continuous.

I was about to do that as a workaround :) cool, thanks.

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Posted on Friday, November 06 2015 @ 09:11:25 PM by DerDerCCX.

hii

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Posted on Friday, November 27 2015 @ 04:30:03 PM by Stephen.

Hi

I have managed to get dos. working on vm5 and then I am able to go into the windows directory and type win and it works, thanks a lot. My main question is, I have a folder called games, how do I get to see it to play my games in there?

thanks

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Posted on Friday, November 27 2015 @ 07:18:04 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

@Stephen:

You'd have to create a new group in Program Manager (or use an existing group) and manually add the game icons to it yourself.

Program Manager wasn't the most user-friendly thing to ever exist. ;)

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Posted on Saturday, November 28 2015 @ 09:27:47 AM by Stephen.

Hi

I have copied my games folder on to a cd, but I cannot change to the cd drive in dos, help!

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Posted on Saturday, November 28 2015 @ 09:37:19 PM by Noah Petherbridge.

@Stephen:

Assuming your VM has a driver for the CD drive, from DOS just type the drive letter you want to switch to and a : symbol, like D:... it'd look like this:

C:\>D:
D:\>

D:\ is usually the letter for the CD drive. You can start up Windows and use File Manager to see all the drive letters for sure.

If your CD drive doesn't show up, make sure you installed the driver I included in the original post.

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Posted on Thursday, December 03 2015 @ 05:05:15 PM by Guest.

Does this have COM1 (serial port) drivers with it?

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Posted on Saturday, December 05 2015 @ 05:23:01 AM by Tom.

I can't run Internet Explorer 5 in Windows 3.1, do you know how to solve that problem?

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Posted on Saturday, February 06 2016 @ 03:23:52 PM by dave.

I want to know if there is any graphic card driver for virtualbox in windows 3.1?

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Posted on Sunday, February 07 2016 @ 05:42:27 PM by cobb.

I've been told dosbox is supposedly easier to configure than virtualbox, which sun doesn't support. any feedback? I would probably be attempting it on a windows host, unless I get a spare computer besides my business systems.

To the ie5 question; ie5 won't run in windows 3.1x , I would try windows 98se or a "light" installation of win 9x. ie 5 is native to win2k. I think ie 3 might be the last for 16 bit win, I would try one of the old browsers of the time, like old netscape.

For the people above that want win 3.x for a single 16 bit app; many apps, including many accessories bundled with win 3.10 and 3.11, will run by themselves inside a 32 bit windows xp installation. (some may in a 32 bit windows 7 box as well, I haven't tried as many there. Starting with win8 ms dropped a lot of backward compatibility.) I don't remember if cardfile was one of those, but I would try copying that, old paint, and other accessories you need to a more modern installation. Of course, there were many 16 bit programs that would not run on a 32 bit windows, but you won't need a virtual box all the time for many apps.

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Posted on Monday, February 08 2016 @ 10:27:42 AM by Przemek Laskowski.

Poland.
Czy umiesz zbudować domowy system monitoringu procesu produkcji firmy,mikro server do strumieniowego przesyłania video z domowych kamer analogowych i ip ,zastępując software rutera,lub budując własny z pendriv usb wi-fi lub micro sd wi-fi (możliwa konwersja do autorotacyjnego html) ? http://allegro.pl/karta-pamieci-eye-fi-mobi-8gb-klasa-10-wi-fi-i5542057656.html

Poland.
Can you build a home monitoring system for the production of micro server for streaming video from the home of analog cameras and IP, replacing software router, or build your own from a USB stick wi-fi or micro sd wi-fi (possible conversion to autobot html)

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Posted on Saturday, February 20 2016 @ 10:42:59 PM by Anonymous.

how can I use this file for a virtual machine

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Posted on Friday, March 04 2016 @ 04:20:17 AM by Gary.

Looking to revive an old Dell 3000 laptop but need the full disk set 3.1 OS. Ultimately the plan is to go to 98SE but I'm going with the Upgrades 95 and 98 after 3.1 is installed only because I have those handy. Downloaded your Tarball file and Winzip 20 trial but just don't have a clue HOW to put those files to floppy disk. Never really got too into using a zip extractor at all since the beginning of the PC. QUESTION: Can I actually accomplish this with your file or do I need a stand alone disk set. Really could use your thoughts on this. Not being nostalgic but have a use for this laptop.

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Posted on Thursday, March 31 2016 @ 03:13:25 AM by Mick.

I use an old engraving machine that is controlled by PC 386, running win3.11 dos 6.2, all of a sudden for no apparent reason when I switch on it comes up with a message HD boot problem please insert start up disk

Nothing has changed, possibly HD corrupted by switching off power abruptly, do you think I can recover data from it or not

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Posted on Thursday, April 07 2016 @ 09:15:07 AM by Anonymous Coward.

Is it possible to get MIDI sound under VirtualBox?

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Posted on Saturday, April 09 2016 @ 10:24:57 AM by GeneticChanger.

Noah,

I succeeded to install Windows 3.1 in VirtualBox 5.0.16 using provided VDI file.

But....

Why can't I run Calculator (calc.exe)?
It shows error "Application Execution Error" with message "One of the library files needed to run this application is damaged. Please reinstall the application."

What should I do to resolve this issue?

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Posted on Friday, April 15 2016 @ 10:47:56 AM by Guest.

I Found an old but unknown DOS !!!
OSx16 Operating System (MS-DOS Compatible) BOOT-CD Image And BOOT-USB Image Files !
I Found OSx16 Operating System Image Files In :
https://goo.gl/8WtKXn
And I Found Many links to OSx16 Operating System in some forums !!!
OSx16 Operating System Image Files Includes Nice Collection of Atari 2600 Games And DOS Games and NES, SEGA , ... .
I Found that OSx16 Supports USB sound cards !!!
OSx16 Operating System Really Works With My USB sound card !!! (I Have HQ Sound with Atari Games And Some DOS Games !!!)
(Ideal For PC(s)/Laptop(s) Systems, Without HDD, SOund Card !!!)
Why Somethings Are So Unknown and Are in Shadow ???
It Seems OSx16 is Closed source and Sahred As Free and As shareware !!
There is a game, in CD and USB (Bootable image files) , that Only executable under MS-DOS, PC-DOS, only.
Executing under Other MS-DOS Compatible !!!! Like the FreeDOS was Impossible !!!
What is OSx16 Operating System ?????
Do You Know Anything About OSx16 Operating System ?

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Posted on Monday, May 02 2016 @ 08:10:58 PM by Bob.

amazing

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Posted on Tuesday, May 03 2016 @ 08:13:03 AM by Anonymus.

It works for VMware Player 12! YAY

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