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.


Screenshots

Installation instructions

To run under DOS 5.0 or later, make sure there is a SETVER entry for "WIN200.BIN" to report DOS version "3.40".

Product type
OS
Release date
Tue Dec 08 1987
End of life date
Sun Dec 30 2001
Minimum CPU
8088
Minimum RAM
512KB
Minimum free disk space
720KB
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows
Download count
144 (90 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (3.5-720k) 2.03 English 901KB 45
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (5.25-360k) 2.03 English 903.94KB 6
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) English 880.74KB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) [French] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) French 972.43KB 1
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) [German] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) German 1.27MB 1
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) [Italian] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Amstrad OEM) Italian 971.45KB 6
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Ericsson OEM) (5.25) 2.03 (Ericsson OEM) English 941.59KB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (NEC OEM) (5.25) 2.03 (NEC OEM) English 957.47KB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (OEM) [Swedish] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (OEM) Swedish 942.13KB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Tandon OEM) (5.25-360k) 2.03 (Tandon OEM) English 7.45MB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Tulip OEM) [Dutch] (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Tulip OEM) Dutch 1.6MB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Wang OEM) (5.25) 2.03 (Wang OEM) English 897.76KB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 (Zenith OEM) (3.5-720k) 2.03 (Zenith OEM) English 1.96MB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 [French] (3.5-720k) 2.03 French 947.29KB 0
Microsoft Windows 2.03 [Spanish] (5.25-360k) 2.03 Spanish 945.78KB 3
Microsoft Windows 2.x Manuals 2.x English 145.76MB 28

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