Windows 3.1x was the first to gain significant development and commercial traction. It combined the 8086, 286, and 386 modes of Windows 2 in to one package. It replaced the MSDOS Executive with a Program Manager and File Manager similar to those in OS/2 1.x.

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Wanted: There was also a 5.25" Double-Density 360K release of Windows 3.0, that one could obtain on request from Microsoft. If you can provide images of this version, please see our contribution pages!


Stats/Requirements

Category: Operating System
Platform: Windows
Release: 1990
End of Life: 2001
RAM: 2 MB
Disk Space: 10 MB
Required CPU: 8086/8088 or higher
Type: Graphical

Downloads

Name Version Size Language Architecture Contents
Microsoft Windows 3.0 (3.0 RC 6 Beta)  BETA 3.0 RC 6 Beta 4.39 MB English x86 5.25" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0 (3.00.55 Beta) [Incomplete]  BETA 3.0 (3.00.55 Beta) 3.84 MB English x86 3.5" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0 (3.5 720K)  3.0 3.94 MB English x86 3.5" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0 (5.25 1.2MB)  3.0 3.94 MB English x86 5.25" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0 Multimedia Edition  3.0 Multimedia Edition 105.66 MB English x86 CD-ROM ISO
Microsoft Windows 3.0 Pre-Release 0.1 (5.25)  BETA 3.0 Pre-Release 0.1 7.26 MB English x86 5.25" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0 [German]  3.0 3.9 MB German x86 File Archive
Microsoft Windows 3.0 [Inboard 386] (5.25-360kb)  3.0 [Inboard 386] 3.99 MB English x86 5.25" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0a (3.5 720K)  3.0a 3.95 MB English x86 3.5" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0a (5.25 1.2MB)  3.0a 3.95 MB English x86 5.25" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0a [Trad.Chinese] (5.25-1.2mb)  3.0a 9.98 MB Trad.Chinese x86 5.25" Floppy
Microsoft Windows 3.0a [Z-NIX OEM] (5.25-1.2mb)  3.0a 10.94 MB English x86 5.25" Floppy