MS-DOS and Windows 3.1

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kirsle
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:

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):

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

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

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Posted on Sunday, August 22 2010 @ 06:50 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 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 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 AM by the man with the power! again.

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

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kirsle
Posted on Saturday, December 11 2010 @ 09:02 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 PM by the man with the power!.

is for windows or linux?

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

I have a oracle virtualbox.It same than MSDOS

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Posted on Tuesday, April 19 2011 @ 12:42 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 PM by Tagadada.

Tx alot for the images

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Posted on Saturday, September 03 2011 @ 08:37 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.

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Posted on Friday, September 09 2011 @ 05:44 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 PM by Limon93.

Thnks a lot!! :)

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

tank u i from iram !

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

thanks man, found my ancestors

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Posted on Wednesday, January 25 2012 @ 01:04 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 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 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 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 PM by Dean.

Thanks for the files. You saved the day!

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Posted on Saturday, March 03 2012 @ 11:50 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 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 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 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 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 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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kirsle
Posted on Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 11:41 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 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 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 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 PM by Anonymous.

Very good archive,
Thanks a lot!

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

Great!

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

(um) how to download it

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

(#) i wanted to use MS-DOS

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Posted on Thursday, October 11 2012 @ 11:48 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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kirsle
Posted on Thursday, October 11 2012 @ 04:42 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 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 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 AM by Jeffrey Tan.

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

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Posted on Wednesday, December 12 2012 @ 02:58 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 PM by Iranian man.

Thanks a lot.

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Posted on Monday, December 17 2012 @ 02:06 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 PM by Soner CAKIR.

You sir, made my day :)

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

thanks man it help me a lot

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Posted on Monday, February 11 2013 @ 10:52 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 AM by Rohit.

is a brilyant

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Posted on Friday, April 05 2013 @ 02:41 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 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 PM by me.

Maybe you are just to stupid to understand.

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

Thanks bro :-)

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Posted on Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 08:20 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 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 AM by BelowTheBelt.

Thanks for the files cutie.

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

Thanks bro! A trip back to the past!

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Posted on Friday, September 20 2013 @ 11:27 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 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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kirsle
Posted on Saturday, October 12 2013 @ 07:05 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 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 AM by Mark.

Thanks Kirsle .. Your the man! :)

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Posted on Wednesday, January 01 2014 @ 06:50 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 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 AM by Anonymous.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 15 2014 @ 04:38 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 AM by Tien Khoa Nguyen.

Jesus Christ! Thank you to Jesus Christ!!

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

FLOPPY FLOPPY FLOP

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Posted on Saturday, February 15 2014 @ 11:51 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 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 PM by sirmaxalot305.

do these drivers work on vmware

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Posted on Tuesday, March 18 2014 @ 11:20 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 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 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 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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