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Something I got to thinking of while sorting out a pile of driver floppies for windpws XP & 2003...

Of all the software products ever released, what came on the highest number of floppy disks? Windows 95 used 13, but I doubt that was the upper limit as things moved towards dual-release on floppy and CD before becoming CD only.

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Should take this over to superuser.com –  squillman Oct 7 '09 at 3:06
    
I thought '95 was > 13... I remember sitting there for the best part of a day swapping them out –  Mark Henderson Oct 7 '09 at 3:10
    
funny, i just threw out an old Win95 retail box full of the original floppies... –  quack quixote Oct 7 '09 at 5:01
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the update version was 25 disks –  Journeyman Geek Oct 7 '09 at 7:12

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I don't know if it was publicly released, but I remember that when I was with one customer who had a very old (but powerful) machine and were licence customers of Microsoft, they requested XP on disk and it was delivered on around 250+ floppys

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Whatt? Seriously? XP on floppies? Well, that's somehow cool... –  Bobby Oct 7 '09 at 9:03
    
I am sure I still have it somewhere, (I never throw computer related stuff away!)... I will try to go to the attic and find it a bit later –  William Hilsum Oct 7 '09 at 11:18
    
that must have sucked when you found disk 249 was bad. –  Keltari Jan 13 at 20:00
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I wanna see pics! –  MDT Guy Jan 13 at 20:08

MS Office 97 Professional came on 45 floppies 55 floppies (97 Standard came on 45).

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I have a copy of MS Office 4.3 from back before cd's existed, and that was 43 floppies. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Aug 23 '10 at 12:12

OS/2 Warp v3 was 25 (39 if you include the bonus pack) - and i know because i just dusted it off and counted :) now can i find a working floppy drive?

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Thanks for doing that so I didn't have to go count :D –  adric Oct 7 '09 at 4:04
    
I have a totally working USB floppy drive in my office desk drawer, and you'd be amazed by no litte use it sees these days! :) But still, every so often, I need to install Win XP x64 for instance, and suddenly I have to pop a driver in there.. :) –  tplive Oct 7 '09 at 5:58
    
..and by "no litte use" I actually mean "how little use"... PEBKAC problem..:) –  tplive Oct 7 '09 at 6:22

I still have the disks for Microsoft C++ 7.0 here in my drawer. There are 16 of them.

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Slackware Linux came on 33 disks.

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I recall hearing that MS SQL Server was quite a few disks (I want to say around 40), but can't find the exact number anywhere...

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MS Office Pro, 40+ disks, as far as I can remember...

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How about for games? Monkey Island 2 came on 11 disks for the Amiga - and hard drives weren't that common!

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That was double density floppies though, not HD ones. Not sure if they would only count half :] But yes, good times swapping disks! I managed to finish the thing on a floppy only machine. –  cc0 Jan 5 '11 at 7:19

i remember that Borland C++ was on 15 disks

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