Windows 2.x 2.0

Windows 2 changes from Windows 1.x consist mainly of visual improvements. Windows 2 adds overlapping windows, menu keyboard shortcuts, VGA support, and other user interface changes influenced by IBM standards. 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. The versioning is a little confusing. 2.x and 2.x/386 were released side-by-side. When it reached 2.1x, the regular 8088 version was renamed to Windows 2.1x/286. This is all unified in Windows 3.0.

For a brief time during the Windows 2.x era, Microsoft considered dropping Windows in favor of OS/2. After a fallout between Microsoft and IBM, development refocused on Windows 3.0 and what would become Windows NT.

Wanted: Supposedly, Microsoft had a beta program manager and file manager for Windows 2 downloadable from their BBS.

Product type
OS
Release date
1987
End of life date
2001
Minimum CPU
8088
Minimum RAM
512KB
Minimum free disk space
720KB
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (3.5-720k) 2.03 English x86 3½ Floppy 901KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (5.25-360k) 2.03 English x86 5¼ Floppy 903.94KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) English x86 3½ Floppy 880.74KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) [French] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) French x86 3½ Floppy 972.43KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) [German] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) German x86 3½ Floppy 1.27MB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) [Italian] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) Italian x86 3½ Floppy 971.45KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Ericsson OEM) (5.25) 2.03 (Ericsson OEM) English x86 5¼ Floppy 941.59KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (NEC OEM) (5.25) 2.03 (NEC OEM) English x86 5¼ Floppy 957.47KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (OEM) [Swedish] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (OEM) Swedish x86 3½ Floppy 942.13KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Tandon OEM) (5.25-360k) 2.03 (Tandon OEM) English x86 5¼ Floppy 7.45MB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Tulip OEM) [Dutch] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Tulip OEM) Dutch x86 Archive 1.6MB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Wang OEM) (5.25) 2.03 (Wang OEM) English x86 5¼ Floppy 897.76KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 [French] (3.5-720k) 2.03 French x86 3½ Floppy 947.29KB
Microsoft Windows 2.03 [Spanish] (5.25-360k) 2.03 Spanish x86 5¼ Floppy 945.78KB
Microsoft Windows 2.x Manuals 2.x English x86 Archive 145.76MB

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