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Author:  Catweazle [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:23 am ]
Post subject:  Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

I seem to remember seeing this on ebay a few years ago. It was Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS 6.22 together on CD-ROM. I have not seen it since though so I'm not sure if this was an actual Microsoft release or just something someone made. Anyone have any information about it?

Author:  SaT [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:35 am ]
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well the 3.11 at msdn is 5 mb

File
EN_WIN311.exe Self-Extracting Executable
File Size
5 MB

and DOS

File
EN_MSDOS622.exe Self-Extracting Executable
File Size
11 MB

so i guess some1 made it

The 3.1 is gone @ msdn but we have 3.2 :P

Author:  empireum [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:59 am ]
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I know of some OEM releases that had MS-DOS 6.22 and a version of Windows 3.1x on a bootable CD.

Author:  Catweazle [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:14 am ]
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Thanks, I found a picture of a Gateway version. I was sure I had seen one on eBay that looked like a retail CD but maybe I was mistaken.

http://www.oldsoftware.com/dos%206.html

Author:  Vista Ultimate R2 [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:18 am ]
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The MSDN versions of Windows 3.1 were on CD - I have some CDs that have many different language versions of Windows and Windows for Workgroups on them - I've never seen a retail CD version though

Author:  empireum [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:21 am ]
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I have seen an OEM version of Windows for Workgroups 3.11 which came on a CD, sadly I don't have the CD anymore...

Author:  KenOath [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:26 am ]
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The early MSDN sets supplied all Win3x versions & Dos versions on CD.
One here I have has a CD with all language versions on it for both Dos &
Win3x..

Image

Author:  ___ [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:10 pm ]
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seems kind of a waste to have about 5mb on a 700mb cd

Author:  empireum [ Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:26 pm ]
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___ wrote:
seems kind of a waste to have about 5mb on a 700mb cd

There's more than one Windows 3.1 version on these MSDN CDs. There are multiple versions of it and these are in multiple languages each. This can fill the CD quickly.

Author:  Catweazle [ Thu Dec 28, 2006 4:00 am ]
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Also standard CDs are only 650MB. :wink:

Thanks for the info, I'll have to watch for those.

Author:  XDude [ Thu Dec 28, 2006 3:48 pm ]
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___ wrote:
seems kind of a waste to have about 5mb on a 700mb cd

Microsoft put tons of extras in their cds. Go check a windiows 95 cd, you'll be suprised that it has 600MB of stuff.

Author:  ___ [ Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:37 pm ]
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i know that with the 95 cd, hover ruled

Author:  pr0gram the pr0grammer [ Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:53 am ]
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___ wrote:
i know that with the 95 cd, hover ruled


Hover for the win! :D The videos of Goodtimes and Buddy Holly by Weezer weren't too bad either... they need to bring back the random CD extras that seem to have slowly disappeared over the years.

Author:  XDude [ Sat Dec 30, 2006 2:02 am ]
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___ wrote:
i know that with the 95 cd, hover ruled

ahh, I love that game.the good old days
I wish microsoft include that many extras in vista.
I guess there is ultimate extras.

Author:  ___ [ Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:11 pm ]
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pr0gram the pr0grammer wrote:
___ wrote:
i know that with the 95 cd, hover ruled


Hover for the win! :D The videos of Goodtimes and Buddy Holly by Weezer weren't too bad either... they need to bring back the random CD extras that seem to have slowly disappeared over the years.

i wish they printed manuals these days, not just slap a pdf onto a cd (in black and white)

Author:  AnDrEwP182 [ Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:19 pm ]
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I liked CD Sampler until they abolished it in...
98 am I right?

Author:  os2fan2 [ Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

If you bought a computer that came with a cdrom as a standard feature, then it was pretty usual for the OEM to replace a great pile of diskettes with a cdrom. This disk normally did not just have dos and windows, but the drivers for the supplied hardware, and various other proggies that the OEM might ship with the box.

Sometimes it might be pre-installed setups (ie a set of superimplsed archives), while other times, you might be able to set the stuff up yourself.

It's not unusual to 'waste' diskettes on very little data. An average diskette might rate in 199x prices, say at 50c or so a disk, usually more. A pressed cd-rom is well under $4, so if you are putting together a proggie that uses 8 or more diskettes, then a cdrom is cheaper than the diskettes.

You should recall that in the time of Windows 3.1, a 500 MB hard drive was pretty much a very large thing. When i did my first cd-burn (an outsource job in 1995), i did a lot of calculations on the cost of these things, how much it would cost to master a disk etc. The limitations of the hard disks was 250 MB, the resulting disk cost 100$ or something.

When i got my burner in 1997, it cost 600$, and ran mainly under OS/2. Dos could not access enough of the hard disk to make burning profitable, and the disks cost 20$ ea. But you could do a custom reinstall of nearly everything in a few hours before tea, rather than a whole weekend.

Author:  MSHOME [ Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

Catweazle wrote:
I seem to remember seeing this on ebay a few years ago. It was Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS 6.22 together on CD-ROM. I have not seen it since though so I'm not sure if this was an actual Microsoft release or just something someone made. Anyone have any information about it?


You can somehow set bootable CD with Windows 3.1 and DOS 6.22 with some programs.

Author:  cantasan99 [ Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

Windows 3.0 with Multimedia (MWINDOWS) is in CD-ROM. But I don't know other releases.

Author:  Beta2.1Collector [ Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

The MSDN Releases were on cds. With MSDOS 6.22 on.
There was no Retail CD's there were MSDN CD realeases.

Author:  ExplicitNuM5 [ Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

It isn't unreasonable to put Windows 3.x on CDs. As these days, we don't use flops anymore, right?
But it would seem a waste to put ~20 Mbs. of tiny fluff on a 700 Mb CD...

Author:  os2fan2 [ Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

However, you are not just restricted to putting Windows on the disk. You can put DOS and drivers and applications on there as well. But as i mentioned earlier, eight disks is the cutover point where it's cheaper to press a cdrom than to make floppies. It's much less now: something like 2 disks.

cdroms are more robust than floppy disks, especially since they can't be written over.

Author:  FronzelNeekburm [ Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

I remember that a friend of mine had a legit German Windows 3.11 for Workgroups on CD-Rom. Back in the days that was pretty nifty to have it on CD, but yeah, the CD most probably wasn't "full" (as in "having no or nearly no space left"). But still better than a pack of floppies if you had a CD-Drive. I don't think the disc was bootable though.


Edit: Image stolen from ended ebay auction, but it looked kinda like that:

Image

Author:  Win95Fan [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

Unfortunately, Windows 3.1 was a floppy-only product.

Author:  WinPC [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows 3.1 on CD-ROM?

Win95Fan wrote:
Unfortunately, Windows 3.1 was a floppy-only product.
As far as I know, the actual official Microsoft media was only available in a floppy disk version, while system manufacturers provided their own CD-ROMs of it, as stated above.

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