Reinstalling DOS 6.0 and Windows 3.1

May 6, 2011 at 17:44:11
Specs: DOS 6.0 Win 3.1, 486SX/33
Do I own enough software to install DOS 6.0 on my system from scratch?

I have bought an old 486 system to play vintage games on :). The seller says the auction included all DOS 6.0 and Windows installation disks and all driver disks. What I received a computer with Win 3.1 and DOS 6.1 installed already. And also received all the hardware driver disks Windows 3.1 full installation disks and DOS 6.0 'upgrade' disks.

OK if I later on at some point format the disk and reinstall everything, is this enough for me to reinstall DOS 6.0? In other words if I first install Windows 3.1 on a formated drive using the full install win 3.1 disks, then may I legally use the DOS 6.0 'upgrade' disks to also put DOS 6.0 on my system too?

Thanks.

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#1
May 6, 2011 at 20:29:02
A freshly formatted system has to have DOS on it before installing Windows 3.1. Remember, Windows 3.1 is only a GUI, with its' underpinnings in DOS.

Not certain about the DOS 6.0 upgrade disks, but DOS 6.22 can be "upgraded" from itself (note my comments from #3 onward):

http://www.computing.net/answers/do...

As far as the legalities of what you mentioned, if they are "original" (Microsoft) disks, then that shouldn't be an issue. I'd be a little more hard on the seller, though, since he included upgrade disks and not the original install disks.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
May 6, 2011 at 20:52:24
Hmm, The seller responded with:

create a DOS 6.0 boot disk (its on the Web) and format the hard drive (if you ever need to) with the FORMAT C: /S option. Reboot and the DOS 6.0 Upgrade disks will install that way

But he is going to mail the original DOS 5 full install disks too, so I am safe for the future.

Still I wonder if his procedure above is the same as the self upgrade method you mentioned?


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#3
May 6, 2011 at 22:26:13
"Still I wonder if his procedure above is the same as the self upgrade method you mentioned?"

Sounds close anyway. Remember that you "likely" don't really need his DOS 5 disks, if DOS 6.0 is your intended goal anyway. It's a matter of not delivering on what was advertised. And just a reminder, you'll need to completely install DOS before Windows 3.1.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
May 8, 2011 at 19:58:14
OK, thanks!

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#5
June 20, 2011 at 21:22:59
never heard back from Darto so he must of found another source.

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#6
June 21, 2011 at 12:35:59
I think I PM'd him back in May regarding DOS disks.

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#7
June 27, 2011 at 05:37:58
Thanks for the disks! Received them now...

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#8
June 27, 2012 at 15:09:19
Cant you download Dos 6.x somewhere? I thought I saw download oprion on Microsoft itself besides all the sites? I also have situation where software only runs on Dos, 3.1 or looks like 95, was built for Dos and 3.1 to be safe. It is running on Xp after writing over system files with an xp update disk. It was a flook not intended. Was running xp (old laptop) i stuck 95 disk int and ran it. Now the software has been working great, weird because struggling with it off and on for years. Also running in 95 compatibility mode which didnt work before this 95 disk thing. I even thought you could download 3.1 online. Thanks.

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#9
June 27, 2012 at 15:42:06
"Cant you download Dos 6.x somewhere? I thought I saw download oprion on Microsoft itself besides all the sites?"

Downloading any copyrighted software (i.e.---anything from Microsoft) from anywhere other than the manufacturer is illegal. And MS doesn't have a download for any of their OS's anywhere publicly on their site. What you may have seen is a "step-up" version of DOS 6.xx, which only includes a few files, primarily to cover the DBLSPACE vs. DRVSPACE debacle:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DriveS...

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