what is difference between window 3.11 & wind

July 13, 2011 at 08:48:37
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What is difference between window 3.11 & windows 98

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July 13, 2011 at 08:58:55
There are so many things that I could not list them here that Windows 98 has over 3.1. Windows 98 has a taskbar, start menu, and a much more organized interface.

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July 13, 2011 at 10:59:43
I think one of the major differences is that Windows 3.x can run only Win16 (16-bit) programs. While there are *some* programs that will run with Win32s, they are few and far between. Windows 95/98 is a hybrid "OS" (it's really MS-DOS 7.x underneath) with backward compatibility for both 16- and 32-bit software.

Here is more information on Win32s. If you want to experiment, it's also available from Microsoft's software archive: PW1118.EXE (dated February 19, 1996)

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July 13, 2011 at 13:12:48
If you don't already know W31 is an earlier OS than Win98.

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July 13, 2011 at 14:11:07
I would also add that Windows 98 is generally more stable. Fewer crashes than Windows 3.1 as long as the computer in question is powerful enough (enough RAM and a fast enough processor) to run 98. There was about 6 years difference between 3.1's release date and 98's, so that's 6 years of Microsoft "getting it right" and making the Windows OS more reliable.

Also, as sdfox 7 stated, Win98 is 32-bit as well as 16-bit so it can run a lot more software than 3.1. Cheers! :)

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July 13, 2011 at 15:23:42
Sounds like a homework question to me.

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July 13, 2011 at 18:08:46
"Sounds like a homework question to me."

I was thinking the same thing myself....

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July 13, 2011 at 20:56:23
You can think of Windows 3.1 as more of a DOS application than a true operating system. Your computer starts DOS, and you type win at the command prompt to start Windows. You can also add win to your autoexec.bat so that DOS starts Windows automatically. But because DOS performs memory and file management, you can't call Windows 3.1 a true operating system.

Windows 98, however, is (pretty much) a true operating system. Yeah, DOS is still needed to start Win98, but once it's loaded, DOS is swept under the rug and Windows takes complete control of your computer.

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