Solved I have an old laptop and need to install windows 3.1

January 13, 2013 at 16:18:04
Specs: DOS

I picked up a really old laptop, not too sure of any specs. But its a brick and runs on DOS. It says windows is not installed so I was wondering where I could download a copy to put onto a floppy disk for it.

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January 13, 2013 at 17:09:33
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Microsoft still owns 3.x so no legal downloads are available. Best way is to buy it on ebay. You will often find a deal with DOS and Win3.x unopened for just a few bucks.

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January 14, 2013 at 15:29:07

If you are a subcriber to MSDN you can download it with MSs blessing.

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January 14, 2013 at 15:37:39

Doesn't that cost something like 700 bucks? I know prices for Win3.x have gone up on ebay but not that much...

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January 14, 2013 at 20:04:24

No idea. But there are plenty of links to download it if one bothers to do even a small web search.

There's is the possiblity at least some of the floppies on the ebay auctions aren't functional Hell, they might even be counterfeit copies ;)

It's probably important to note that most dos/windows bundles are OEM which violates the Terms and Conditions of use anyway- in otherwords they are ment to be sold with new systems. Padantic I know, but there you go.

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January 15, 2013 at 05:30:57

I did try a couple downloads, but one didn't seem to work and the other one wouldn't fit onto the floppys I have.

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January 15, 2013 at 09:03:16

They'll be either an archive of the whole disk set or individual images of the of disks. You'll need to write the images to disk using the correct program, not just copy the files to disk.

There's usually instruction in a readme file on how to go about this as well as various websites with instructions. Handy to know if you need to track down applications to use within Windows 3.x which come on multiple disks.

If you have no luck ebay may be your only other option as suggested above. Depending on where you live you might have luck getting a copy from a secondhand/thrift store.

Good luck

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