Solved wfw 3.11 installation diskette

January 15, 2013 at 09:45:29
Specs: wfw 3.11, p4/512
is it still possible to get/create a wfw 3.11 installation diskette??

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January 15, 2013 at 09:51:54
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Are you missing one particular disk or are after the whole disk set?

There's various ways of aquiring them depending on the route you take;

Client software on server installation media.
Ebay/auction site.
Thrift store.
Download images from the internet.
And of course there's those old backups you made all those years ago and hid in a safe place just in case ;)

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January 15, 2013 at 20:04:52
Before we finally got around to cleaning it just a few years ago, our IT junk room in the basement had a couple of WFW 3.11 boxes that never were opened. I took one and another guy took the other. There were WFW diskettes scattered and dumped into several boxes along with other diskettes of printer drivers, etc. all over the place.

Windows 95 CDs were seemingly everywhere - just dumped in a box.

I wasn't so interested in the software, but all the old network, graphics and sound cards from retired machines. Managed to get some serial mouses, which are hard to find - especially out in the wild these days.

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January 15, 2013 at 20:31:22
I usually get just get given old stuff. But it's nice to know someone has taken the time to archive them remotely if you will.

Last major purchase was a 51/2" disk set of Windows 3.1 complete with manuals and box for $5. I tend to collect Dos,OS/2,early NT, PC Geos and win/wfw 3.x stuff these days. Have an 386 and a few 486s to dabble with when the mood takes me. It's an era I'm familiar with and like assisting others who are reviving this class of kit.

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January 17, 2013 at 09:50:57
I think the question here is whether there is an installation disk for Win3.1. In that case, no, there's not. You must set up some version of DOS (whether directly or through a Virtual Machine) and then run "setup.exe" on disk 1 of the Win 3.1 disk set...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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January 17, 2013 at 10:00:26
Windows 3.x is a neat OS, unfortunately there is no modern browser that can take advantage of the modern web. More significantly, there is no SSL browser that will even work on Windows 3.x anymore, so forget about using ebay, Facebook, or online banking. While Internet Explorer 5.5 works for most of the sites I visit, it has been deprecated by many modern sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For this reason I use Windows 95 on my Solo 9300XL. Firefox 2 and Opera 9.x both are relatively current browsers and they both work on Windows 95.

Also, while no wireless PCMCIA cards work on Windows 3.x (that I know of), the MA401 that I own is a fantastic card that works on Windows 95 and later.

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January 17, 2013 at 13:02:15
"Windows 3.x is a neat OS, unfortunately there is no modern browser
that can take advantage of the modern web."


Although, text browsing using the pure DOS environment is still alive and well.

DOSLYNX by Fred Macall is still being updated and I email him from time to time to see how things are going.

But yes, sadly, Win16 bit is stuck in the 1990s. Nothing is being created for it by hobbyists or any major developer as far as I know. If you know anyone, I want to hear about it. Yet, that old kernel is excellent and I am still amazed at the robust aspects of many programs. Bloat is almost non-existent and user control is where you want it to be.

If you look at Windows 8, you can see that Microsoft wants to go the way of Apple and make the operating system 'geek-proof'. Perhaps more correctly would 'power user proof', because geeks have a way poking into everything no matter how complex it is. But I think you know what I mean.

Win 3.x is a great tool. Without a doubt networked small offices with 3.11 computers could still hold their own. Not only that, you save on an IT department staff with just one guy! Email might be troublesome, but then you can have your own mail server post office that delivers the 3.11 emails out to the world.

Even personally, I still consider win 3.11 the finest system out there as far as ease of use is concerned. My headaches with experimenting with OS/2 prove Win 3.11 and Win 95 were miles ahead for the average Joe. I hate to disparage OS/2 Warp, because I think it is a fascinating system, but you have to really know your stuff to get the most out of it.

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January 17, 2013 at 17:42:29
"Windows 3.x is a neat OS..."

Remember, Windows 3.x is technically not an OS. It's a GUI to the underlying OS (generally MS/PC DOS). That would be equivalent to calling Geoworks or Digital Research's GEM an OS (which they are not).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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January 18, 2013 at 05:32:56
Win 3.x is an operating system, not merely a GUI. It has a magical thing called 386 enhancement, which DOS does not have. While Win 3.x requires DOS, it widely implements DPMI (DOS protected mode) which even allows some 32bit programs to be run. This is something real mode DOS cannot do.

So you can argue that Win 3.x is a GUI on top of DOS - which it is on one aspect, but it actually is more correctly an extender of DOS.

So is Win 3.x not an operating system? It depends how you view it.

For me, it quacks like a duck.

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January 18, 2013 at 10:11:31
Saying there is no installation diskette is like saying there is no Geoworks installation diskette...

I found myself coming back to dos/win3.x (into the early 2000s with Calmira)and win95(later win98) as well after few attempts using OS/2. IBM being
apparently ho hum about backing it didn't help. Of course that's all ancient history. Now I have a dedicated v3 connect box which runs without a hitch just using all native software.

Funny how Win 3.x is considered lean now. I still recall the usenet posts about how it was the work of the devil yada yada ;)

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