Windows 3.0 / 3.1 3.0

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.

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!

Product type
OS
Release date
1990
End of life date
2001
Minimum CPU
8086/8088 or higher
Minimum RAM
2MB
Minimum free disk space
10MB
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Windows 3.0 (3.0 RC 6 Beta) 3.0 RC 6 Beta Prerelease English x86 5¼ Floppy 4.39MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0 (3.00.55 Beta) [Incomplete] 3.0 (3.00.55 Beta) Prerelease English x86 3½ Floppy 3.84MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0 (3.5 720K) 3.0 English x86 3½ Floppy 3.94MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0 (5.25 1.2MB) 3.0 English x86 5¼ Floppy 3.94MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0 Multimedia Edition 3.0 Multimedia Edition English x86 CD 105.66MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0 Pre-Release 0.1 (5.25) 3.0 Pre-Release 0.1 Prerelease English x86 5¼ Floppy 7.26MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0 [German] 3.0 German x86 Archive 3.9MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0 [Inboard 386] (5.25-360kb) 3.0 [Inboard 386] English x86 5¼ Floppy 3.99MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0a (3.5 720K) 3.0a English x86 3½ Floppy 3.95MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0a (5.25 1.2MB) 3.0a English x86 5¼ Floppy 3.95MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0a [Italian] (3.5-720k) 3.0a Italian x86 3½ Floppy 3.81MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0a [Trad.Chinese] (5.25-1.2mb) 3.0a Trad.Chinese x86 5¼ Floppy 9.98MB
Microsoft Windows 3.0a [Z-NIX OEM] (5.25-1.2mb) 3.0a English x86 5¼ Floppy 10.94MB