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

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 I bought my first computer in 1992.  It was a Packard Bell 386, 25 MHz, around 4 MB of Ram.  It came with MS-DOS 4.  Later I upgraded to MS-DOS 6.22, and then added Windows 3.1.  The computer had a 5 ¼ inch, and a 3 ½ inch floppy drive.  It had a 179 MB hard drive.  Later I added a CD-ROM, a Sound Card, and a Network Card.

      I am using MS-DOS 6.22, and Windows For Workgroups 3.11 for this project because I believe they were the last, and the best of DOS and Early Windows systems.  One thing you need to know, if you don’t already, is that Windows 3.11 is not an actual operating system by itself, but is an add-on to MS-DOS.  It cannot be installed by itself.  It has multitasking (non-preemptive) capabilities, which means that it could run multiple programs concurrently, as well as run more than one instance of the same program simultaneously. It included a variety of programs including File Manager, Notepad, Paintbrush, Solitaire, etc. Windows Media Player was first introduced in Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions, which was released in 1991.

     MS-DOS, Short for Microsoft Disk Operating System,  is a non-graphical command line operating system derived from 86-DOS that was created for IBM compatible computers. MS-DOS originally written by Tim Paterson and introduced by Microsoft in August 1981, and was last updated in 1994 when MS-DOS 6.22 was released. MS-DOS allows the user to navigate, open, and otherwise manipulate files on their computer from a command line instead of a GUI like Windows.


     Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (originally code named Snowball) was released on August 11, 1993, and shipped in November 1993. It supported 32-bit file access, full 32-bit network redirector's, and VCACHE.386 file cache, shared between them. Windows for Workgroups 3.11 dropped standard mode support and requires a 386 machine to run.

A Winsock package was required to support TCP/IP networking in Windows 3.x. Normally, a third-party package was used, but in August 1994, Microsoft released an add-on package that provided TCP/IP support in Windows for Workgroups 3.11.  However, it was only compatible with Windows for Workgroups 3.11, and lacked support for dial-up.

Following the release of MS-DOS 6.22 in 1994, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 largely replaced Windows 3.1 for OEM installations on new PCs, due to its improved capabilities and greater stability.

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