Question about Windows 3.1 Installation

April 13, 2011 at 17:00:10
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I have a 1996 computer that I scrounged up from a garage sale. when I booted it up the hard drive was blank. My DOS 6 diskette 1 was lost, so I tried to install straight Win 3.1 on it using a DR-DOS 7 boot CD. it would install to the point of the end of the DOS install, ask for a reboot, then start all over again after the reboot. I haven't tried a boot disk made from XP, but I thought maybe DR-DOS and MS-Win hate each other. (non-compatible). Just a thought, but if anyone can e-mail me the DOS 6 disk 1, it would be helpful. To the point, can Win 3.1 run by itself?

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April 13, 2011 at 17:20:37
Windows 3.1 requires a compatible version of MSDOS to be preinstalled. It cannot run without DOS. I believe MSDOS 6.22 is the latest version that works.

MSDOS 6.22 (and older versions as well) is a commercial product. Sending you copy would be illegal. Maybe you can find it on eBay.

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April 13, 2011 at 17:28:31
But I only need one disk! I sent my friend copies of my DOS disks before I lost my disk 1. otherwise, would DR-DOS work? or a XP DOS boot disk copied to the hard drive?

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April 13, 2011 at 19:56:08
DR-DOS will not work.
I very much doubt that the DOS version on a floppy created with XP would be compatible, even if it contained all the necessary files.

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April 20, 2011 at 18:08:19
I think if you really paid for MS-DOS 6.22 then it would not be illegal to download since you actually own a copy, the media has just been lost. in this case it wouldn't be illegal to use bittorrent or some other way to download the dos 6.22 install disks.

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