Windows 1.0 Demo

Windows 1.0 was the first release of what eventually made it onto almost every desktop computer in the entire world. Many of you are probably unaware of this release from 1985; conceived from ideas found in the original Lisa/Macintosh and Xerox Star system, Windows 1.0 was Microsoft's attempt at a graphical multitasking operating environment for the IBM PC.

The earliest known appearance of "Microsoft Windows" was in a 1983 Byte Magazine, and it was heavily promoted at the Fall 1983 Comdex. It was marketed as a response to GUI environments such as Digital Research GSX, VisiCorp Visi On, and Apple Macintosh, although the first completed release was not until late 1985.

Windows 1.0x features co-operative multitasking, tiled windows, ability to launch and integrate with DOS programs, runs on top of existing DOS, supports 8088 based PCs with IBM CGA, Hercules Monochrome, and IBM EGA video.

It was followed up by Windows 2.x.


Release notes

This is a looping animated slide show demonstrating the features of Microsoft Windows 1.01. It uses CGA graphics, and will fit on a standard 5.25" 360k floppy disk.

It is non-interactive and designed to be left running in a loop on a sales display PC.

Product type
Release date
Thu Nov 07 1985
Minimum CPU
Minimum free disk space
User interface
Download count
180 (1 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Windows 1.01 Demo Slideshow (5.25) 1.01 Demo English 106.72KB 1


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