Help with Installing WIN 3.1

July 11, 2010 at 08:34:32
Specs: WIN 3.1, 520
I want to install WIN 3.1 on an old computer that used to have WIN 2000 on it and now has UBUNTU. Being more familiar with WIN XP Pro and Windows 7 I would appreciate and advice on how to install WIN 3.1? I have the installation disks and if I get the computer to boot from "a" Drive I can get as far as the blue instalation page. Then I get a box telling me "Setup is unable to create the specified directory on the specified drive. Press ENTER to type a different path and continue Setup" Pressing ENTER shows the path as C:\WINDOWS.
By Googling I have seen mention of a DOS Boot Disk, do I need this and if so how do I know which one to download as I have seen several on a site.
Thanks for any help.

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July 11, 2010 at 14:28:25
You have to have a complete DOS installation prior to installing Windows 3.1 (even with most Virtual Machines). A DOS bootdisk is not sufficient to install Win3.1, since DOS is the foundation for it. If the machine is still running Win2K or Ubuntu, then you'll need the specific instructions for whatever virtual machine you're trying to install it under, or the bootloader if you're trying to dual/multi-boot...

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July 12, 2010 at 06:04:35
You could go for Windows 95, which can be done from a boot disk alone. Windows 95 will install DOS for the WIndows shell, but it is a most basic install. However, compatible DOS command programs can be manually added successfully later if you want to explore DOS.

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July 12, 2010 at 06:16:29
Thank you for the replies. Much appreciated.

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