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A Guide to Installing MS-DOS and Windows 3.11 For Workgroups on a Legacy PC

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Email Webmaster For Questions or Comments Email Me Here March 2016 THE LEGACY PC PROJECT

The Legacy PC Project is a website designed for computer hobbyists who would like to install and run, Microsoft DOS 6.22, and Microsoft Windows For Workgroups 3.11. This site provides everything you need to create a working legacy machine. Disk images are included allowing you to create a set of Microsoft DOS 6.22, and Microsoft Windows For Workgroups 3.11 installation disks.  Complete step by step installation instructions, and system configuration information will allow you to setup your own legacy PC.  Once setup, you can also install other provided software, such as games and programs.  This site  contains information and a history of Microsoft’s earliest operating systems.  It also contains guides in PDF format, and videos, on the resources page.  It has many links to other MS-DOS and Windows For Workgroup Websites. It is a great project for younger computer hobbyists who have never used a computer running MS-DOS, and Windows 3.11. You can also apply this information to a Virtual Machine if you wish.  You will need fairly advanced computer knowledge to complete this project.

What You Will Need.  You will have to obtain an older computer.  I am using a Pentium 166 MHz computer, with 80 MB of RAM.  I have a network card installed, and a ISA sound card.  The PC must have a floppy disk drive, a CD ROM, and a PS 2 mouse and keyboard port.  I recommend using a 2GB hard drive.  MS-DOS uses the FAT 16 file system, which can only support a 2GB partition.  If you use a larger hard drive, the must partitions must be 2GB or less.  You must use a PS 2 keyboard and mouse.  USB wasn’t supported until Windows 95. Many people have older computers packed away in their basements, or you can get one on eBay for a very reasonable price.  You can also find legacy hardware on eBay and other places on the Internet.  You can still find sound and network cards that have Windows 3.11 drivers. You will also need a newer PC, with a floppy disk drive to create the installation disks, and a CD burner to create ISO disk images.

Bill Gates poses with an early PC


Bill Gates shows the newly-released Windows 3.0

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