Windows 3.1 in Vmware/Virtualbox/etc.

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Windows 3.1 in Vmware/Virtualbox/etc.

Post by Meow2004 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:19 pm

Hi! Today I'm going to show you how to get Windows 3.1 on your computer!!!

What you need:

VMware Workstation, or Player (Anything related to VMware, or virtual machines can also work)
Windows 3.1 OEM Floppy Disks. (7 disks) (The 7th might not be used)
MS-DOS 6.22 Floppy Disks: (
File Extractor (I recommend 7-zip)

Once you extract, and put the files somewhere, let's start!

Step 1: Setting up the Virtual Machine (I will be using Vmware Workstation Pro 12.5 for this example)

1.1: Select Typical
1.2: Select I will install the operating system later
1.3: Select Microsoft Windows -> Windows 3.1
1.4: Choose a name and location
1.5: Keep the HDD at 8GB and you can choose to Store or Split
1.6: Go to customize Hardware and do the following...
1.6.1: Add a floppy drive and do the following... Say yes for administrator permissions Select use a floppy image Browse for Disk 1 of the MS-DOS 6.22 disk Make sure it's checked where it will connect at power on
1.6.2: Hit close and finish.

Step 2: Setting up MS-DOS

2.1: Start up the VM
2.2: Press enter for every prompt and follow the instructions
2.3: Type a:
2.4: Put the Windows 3.1 Disk 1 in the Vm floppy drive
2.5: Type setup

Step 3: Installing Windows 3.1 (DOS Setup)

3.1: Press Enter, select Express Setup
3.2: Insert Disks 1-3

Step 4: Installing Windows 3.1 (GUI Setup)

4.1: Put in your name, and (OPTIONAL) your company, then select continue twice
4.2: Put in Disks 4-6
4.3: Press cancel to not install a printer
4.4: It might detect something that might need to be updated, or something like that, just click Continue
4.5: You can choose to Run, or Skip the tutorial.
4.7: Type WIN

CONGRATULATIONS!! Hopefully you have successfully installed Windows 3.1!!
Coming up is Windows 95! But which one? RTM? OSR 1? 2? 2.5? I'll make a poll on that.
That's All!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Thanks, from Meow2004

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