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Run Windows 3.1 from bootable floppy disc.
Article published on February, 2005.

Windows 3.x family was released from 1990 to 1994. Windows 3.1 was released on March 18, 1992. Now it is possible to run Windows 3.1 again from bootable floppy disc and remember good old days. Requires at least 386 processor, 6MB RAM, floppy drive, VGA display/card, and mouse. I tried it on Pentium 4 3Ghz computer and did not experienced any problems. Here is step by step guide how to do it:

1. Visit Mini-Windows16 (Windows a la floppy) project at sourceforge.net and download version 1.00:


2. Insert blank floppy disc and run setup.exe file. Follow instructions and wait until floppy disc is formatted and data written:


3. Restart and hit Del button on your keyboard, while computer is booting, to enter BIOS. Select "Advanced BIOS features", set "First boot device" to "Floppy". Restart again. Now computer will boot from Floppy disc. When loading is done, message "Type "DOSX" to finish booting" will pop up. Just enter DOSX like shown in picture and hit ENTER:


Enjoy Windows 3.1. Regedit, calculator, notepad and even Ski (made in 1991) game is included:


4. To get back to civilazed Windows version, select File -> Exit Windows from upper left corner of the Windows 3.1 interface. Hit Del button again, while system is booting. Enter BIOS, select "Advanced BIOS features", set "First boot device" to "CDROM". Take out floppy disc and reboot. Welcome back to the future!

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