I am pretty curious to see and try out windows 1.0 as a virtual machine on my VMware Workstation, but am unable to get its ISO file. Can anyone please suggest me a good place(except search engines, I didn't find ISO files anywhere) where I can download the ISO file?

The closest I got was this, but this cannot be used to boot windows 1.0 as a VM.

  • @downvoters: Would be kind if you could leave a comment explaining what's wrong.
    – jobin
    Mar 28, 2014 at 18:30
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    windows 1.0 was a 16-bit application released in 1985, not sure ISO is the way to go. Apparently it is still bootable as a VM though (not sure what hoops you'll have to jump through to make it work, but here is an example: youtube.com/watch?v=zeIBoC5Xytk)
    – MaQleod
    Mar 28, 2014 at 18:46

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You're probably not going to find it as an "ISO", seeing as it's <500KB zipped. :)

But you can get it from WinWorld in their software library.

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"WinWorld is an online museum dedicated to the preservation and sharing of abandonware and pre-release software, as well as any and all knowledge associated with such works."

Can you trust this source? Dunno. ;)

  • Can you please explain how do a I boot a VM using this?
    – jobin
    Mar 28, 2014 at 18:46
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    Use Floppy images. First install DOS, then install Windows 1. There are a few YouTube videos out there showing how. Find one of those and follow it. If you get stuck, come back and post a new question about that problem. :) Mar 28, 2014 at 18:56

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