Windows 2 changes from Windows 1 consist mainly of visual improvements. Windows 2 adds overlapping windows, menu keyboard shortcuts, and other user interface changes influenced by IBM standards. It also adds support for more hardware such as IBM VGA. Windows 2 is the last version that supports installation to a floppy disk, and to be available as an application run-time. Later editions of Windows 2 added support for 286 high memory, and running applications in a 386 VDM.

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Windows 2.1 came out less than a year after the initial 2.0 release and was released in two variants for the Intel 286 and Intel 386. The 386 version, in addition to the HIMEM.SYS support available for the 80286, Windows/386 could take advantage of the Virtual 8086 mode of the new Intel 386 processor through the new Protected mode Windows kernel. This allowed for true multi-tasking of MS-DOS applications (along with already cooperatively multi-tasked Windows applications) where as previous behavior was to suspend any application that was not in the foreground.

Windows/386 requires an existing installation of MS-DOS 3.30 or higher.


Category: Operating System
Platform: Windows
Release: 1988
End of Life: 2001
RAM: 512 KB
Disk Space: 720 KB
Required CPU: 80386 or higher
Type: Graphical


Name Version Size Language Architecture Contents
Microsoft Windows 2.01 386 (5.25)  2.01/386 6.51 MB English x86 5.25" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 2.03 386 (3.5)  2.03/386 2.79 MB English x86 3.5" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 2.10 386 (3.5)  2.10/386 1.1 MB English x86 3.5" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 2.11 386 (3.5)  2.11/386 3.44 MB English x86 3.5" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 2.11 386 (5.25)  2.11/386 1.17 MB English x86 5.25" Floppy