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Questions tagged [windows-3.1]

Windows 3.1x is a series of 16-bit operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers.

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Wine x64 w/ 32-bit prefix “page fault on read access to 0xffffffff in 16-bit code”

I'm trying to setup an old education program my wife wants to try with our kids. Unfortunately, it was built in the Windows 3.1 / Windows 95 era. I'm running Fedora 29 x86_64 with Wine 4.0-0.3.rc2. I'...
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How do I transfer data between two old PCs using parallel or serial?

Recently, I found an old Gateway 2000 Colorbook laptop with MS-DOS6.22/Win3.1 that had no ports but PS2, parallel, and serial ports. My modern computer doesn't have any of these ports, so I am trying ...
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Securely erase empty disk space on a Win 3.1 / DOS 6.22 system with builtin tools

I have a retro laptop from 1994, an IBM Thinkpad 340, which I want to give away, but first want to securely erase its deleted files. The system contains both a GUI and CLI undelete application, which ...
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Error while installing Windows 3.1

I'm trying to install Windows 3.1 on an old machine with already formatted hard drive to FAT16 (5 GB capacity). I'm booting MS-DOS from floppy drive than booting setup from the hard drive but on the ...
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Found a Windows 3.1 machine. How do I get the uptime?

I have found a very old machine at a company storage room. It seems to have been running forever. It is not connected to the Internet and only has a 3.5" floppy drive. Is it possible to look up the ...
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Win 3.1: Run DOS prompt in windowed mode by default?

In Windows 3.1 when launching a dos program (.bat for example) it launches them in fullscreen mode (it changes resolution as well). There we can press ALT+ENTER to switch to windowed mode. Is there a ...
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MSDOS 4.0 string manipulation?

Due to very old hardware I'm forced to run Windows 3.1 that controls the plotter. The software I'm using creates a .bat file with this line in it: SPLOT.EXE/fmyfile.uc c:\myfile.plt the /f - is a ...
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Copy files from Linux to Windows 3.11 using parallel port

How can I copy files from a Linux machine to one running Windows 3.11 or DOS 6.22 using the LPT (parallel) port? Do I need a cable with a special adapter? I know I had this working a long time ago to ...
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Metacode print output under Windows 7

I am trying to move an ancient Windows 3.11-based system into Windows 7. Most of this system is relatively easily transitioned; there are many options for running old apps under Windows 7. However, ...
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Windows 3.1 Installation

I'm not very familiar with Microsoft's OSs pre-Windows 9x. Is it possible to do a Windows 3.1 unattended installation in a real (not virtual) machine using winnt? EDIT: According to one of the ...
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Mouse jumps around in Virtualbox Windows 3.1

When I use Windows 3.1 in Virtualbox, my mouse jumps up and down when I move the mouse up and down. I could be at the bottom of the screen and I move my mouse down and it jumps to the top. Is there ...
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Is there a way to use Windows 3.11 in Virtual box with more than 256 colors?

I switched from VirtualPC to VirtualBox and I'm recreating from scratch my virtual machines. I would like my Windows 3.11 in 1024*768 with 24 or 32 bits colors (16 bits colors would be OK too). So ...
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Windows 3.11 maximized shell window in SYSTEM.INI when running it in DOSBox

I use a way to run 16-bit applications by running them in emulated Windows 3.11 in DOSBox. I automatically mount the directory containing the application, set the SHELL property in SYSTEM.INI to the ...
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Why was Windows for Workgroups 3.11 available for quite a long time?

As far as I know, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 was released before Windows 95, and went obsolete on the last day of 2001. However, it was still made available until November 2008. Why was that so? I ...
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new monitor won't work on win3.1 [closed]

My old system monitor for my Windows 3.1 machine failed and the new flat screen has a sync error. The new monitors do not support the refresh/screen size it is set to. It boots up into Windows and ...
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Is there a modern browser that runs on Windows 3.1? [closed]

Simply put, is there a modern browser that runs on Windows 3.1? Sometimes there's situations that restrict the ability for an environment to be upgraded, and web browsing is a must these days. The ...
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Do you have to install DOS 6.22 before installing Windows 3.0?

I've been tasked with creating a VM with Windows 3.0 and Office 3.0 on it. I have the install disks for Windows and Office but not for DOS. Do I need to have DOS installed first to install Windows 3....
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Do you know the name of this graphics program?

My dad always used a graphic program (with clipart-like stuff) on windows 3.x. However, his computer broke down. The graphic progam had the abbreviations IA, but i cant find the full name/download ...
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Where to find the Mona Lisa icon from Windows 3.1?

In the old Windows 3.1 days I had an icon of an expressive and very good pixel-art reproduction of DaVinci's Mona Lisa portrait. I'd like to have this icon again, but I couldn't find it anywhere. ...
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How can I manually configure a network drive mapping in Windows 3.11? [closed]

background We have a single Windows 3.11 computer on our network. Users have not been able to authenticate ever since we upgraded our domain controllers to Windows Server 2008 R2 and disabled support ...
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Looking for Windows 3.11 pdf writer application [closed]

I've spent hours on trying to find such app. I need an Acrobat Writer(versions from 1.0 to 3.0) or if better an Acrobat Distiller (versions from 1.0 to 3.0) which can be run in Win16 environment. I'...
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I have to export the data from an HP Vestra 05/20 computer. How can I do this?

It's a computer with Windows 3.1, and I don't have a mouse for it, only a keyboard. It has a diskette and cd opening, but I don't know if they can burn things. Also, there's no USB entrance. Is there ...
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How can I read a floppy disk formatted by Windows 3.1 on Windows XP?

I'm trying to move some files off an 15-year-old PC running Windows 3.1. I copied them onto a floppy disk that I formatted in Windows 3.1. I tried to read the floppy on a Windows XP machine, but it ...
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How do I install Windows 3.11 on Virtual PC 2007?

Just for fun.... I downloaded windows 3.11 and virtual pc 2007 from my MSDN subscription. I've never actually installed this before. A few ideas come to mind Create an iso with the win3.11 files ...
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MS-DOS 6.22 keyboard configuration

I have MS-DOS 6.22 in a virtual machine (Virtual PC 2007) and I wanted to properly configure the keyboard. The keyboard I have is a French-Canadian one (FYI in Windows XP my keyboard is labeled "...
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Converting an IMA file to an IMG file

In a moment of extreme geekism, I've decided to install Windows 3.11 in Virtual Box. However, VirtualBox only accepts IMG files for floppy disks, and I've only been able to download IMA images of ...
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Is there a free MS Windows 3.1 IMG legally?

I am not sure. I want to have Windows 3.1 so I can use specific Win3.1 apps but I no longer have the floppy drive so I can't install it. Is there a way to legally install Win 3.1 with IMG? I don't ...
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Was/Is there a version of the Java VM for Windows 3.1?

...And can you still scare up a copy? This came up in a combination of curiosity and technical archeology today, and while there seems to have been one for the Win 3.1.x platform, I can't seem to get ...