Win 3.1 on Virtual PC

February 9, 2011 at 03:26:48
Specs: Windows 7
Hi,

I am attempting to install Win 3.1 on my Win 7 PC as I have some very old but very expensive software at work that I will need to run when get rid of our single remaining 3.1 machine this summer. I've been following the guidance of computing.net forumer 'obsolete' which I've listed below allong with a few queries that I hope someone can help with:

start the virtual machine wizard, lie and say that your going to install os/2
{My version of Virtual PC doesn't give the option to choose OS, am I OK to just continue? On mine I need to specify disk size - am I OK to go for 2048mb size for 2gb?}

it's very similar to windows 3.x. it should give you 16mb of ram and a 2gb virtual hard drive, that is the max for fat 16 go ahead and create the virtual machine, now you need an ms-dos boot disk or image file, then start the virtual machine attach the floppy image or disk and reset the virtual machine from the file menu, let it boot into dos type fdisk at the command prompt and press enter create a primary dos partition use the entire size for it and make it active, exit fdisk reset again boot into dos
{This section above works fine until the booting into DOS stage I have .img files for the DOS installation and I select the img for the first disk through Virtual PC settings and then restart but just get the message: '"missing operating system" and I can't get further than this - any suggestions?}

type format C: at the command prompt and press enter then proceed to format drive C and you should then have a fat 16 C drive to install windows on..


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#1
February 9, 2011 at 05:19:02
Your DOS image files are obviously not OK. Try with some proper MS-DOS disks, or use FreeDOS.

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#2
February 9, 2011 at 06:14:57
Windows 3.x is a GUI, therefore you need preferably MS-DOS 6.22 install first....

Try VMPlayer ?? http://www.vmware.com/products/player

Regards OS/2 it is not similar, it has no underlying **-DOS SubSystem !


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#3
February 10, 2011 at 03:49:40
MS Virtual PC is absolutely able to run Win 3.1 as guest OS, trust in me. You need to start by installing MS DOS 6.22 as guiest OS since Win 3.1 absolutely requires it (FreeDOS doesn't work as Win 3.1 enabler).

Have at your hand the DOS 6.22 floppies (images or real media) and don't reboot when requested to insert tne new disk, just change the image from the menu or physically change the diskette then press Enter. The setup process will continue till completion.

After installed you can even share the host hd with Win 3.1, but this is a trick I can teach you if interested.


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#4
February 10, 2011 at 04:11:59
Thanks all, I'll have a mess with this tonight.

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