Question about Windows 3.1 install

April 11, 2011 at 10:55:32
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I have a 1997 computer (one of those old custom models) that I scrounged up from a garage sale. when I booted it up, the hard drive was blank. I didn't have any DOS diskettes to install so went to straight Windows 3.1. it wouldn't get past the last install screen in DOS mode. it would restart and come back to the same thing. B.T.W, I was using a CD boot of DR-DOS 7.1 for the install. I believe that DR and MS won't compat with each other, and it has to be on the hard drive, but I wanted clarification.

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April 11, 2011 at 11:06:19
To install Windows 3.1 you need an existing installation of a compatible DOS version. I don't believe that DR-DOS is compatible although it may be possible to make it work. It is possible to make FreeDOS work but I have no information on that. Do an Internet search.

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April 12, 2011 at 04:00:07
Windows 3.1 NEEDS MS DOS. FreeDOS can't be used as installation launchpad, it can support (badly) Windows 3.1 in Standard Mode only. As Windows 3.X is just a GUI for DOS based environment I suggest you try to get a working set of diskettes of MS DOS 6.22 or equivalent version of IBM PC DOS.

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