Windows 3.11 - Setup of WfW 3.11: one of two Kinds of installation are to choose: The desktop of Windows 3.11 looks that way: The program manager represents graphical Shell: The system control: The file manager for the file and directory access: Windows 3.11 needs explicitly a DOS installation, in this case MS DOS 6.22: Network card driver.Location: GUIs > Windows > Windows 3.11
Microsoft Windows for Workgroups Version 3.11
The Windows For Workgroups 3.11 logo.
This might be a little confusing, but there were actually 4 releasesof Windows 3.1x:
Windows 3.1 - First release, shown on previous page.
Windows 3.1 for Workgroups - Windows 3.1 packaged with realmode networking software and some extra utilities.
Windows 3.11 - Same as Windows 3.1 but with a few updated files.Made available as a patch to Windows 3.1 and on disks.
Windows 3.11 For Workgroups - (Shown here) Windows 3.1 pluscore updates plus protected mode networking and extra utilities.
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In order for Windows 3.1 to use networking, a DOS NIC driver, protocol,and client software had to be provided. As networking software became extremelyfeature rich, the size of the client software resident in the real-mode(640k) portion of RAM grew to to the point that many applications wouldnot run due insufficient free real-mode RAM.
Windows For Workgroups solves this problem by adding protected modenetwork support. Rather than loading drivers in to the 640K segment, theMicrosoft Windows Network software loads in the form of '.386' files(AKA VxD files).
The downside to this is that when you exit to DOS, all networking supportdisappears.
This screen shot shows the network configuration control panel.
The first option is the type of network that is being used. This allowsyou to select support for third party DOS based networking system (theycan not be used at the same time as the Windows Network), but in this casethe Windows Network is selected, enabling the other options.
The second option allows you to share files and printers with otherusers on the network In other words, it can act as a print or file SERVER.This is something that is rarely seen in DOS based networking systems,and traditionally costs megabucks in server licenses. The sharing dialogis open in this picture.
The last option is a list of network drivers and protocols. This mayinclude a network card and/or Remote Access Server dial-up. Windows forWorkgroups includes the NetBeui and IPX/SPX protocols. TCP/IP is availableseparately. RAS in Windows 3.11 is limited to the NetBeui protocol.
Windows for Workgoups connecting to a remote share. The connectiondialog presents a list of all computers on the network with Windows compatiblefile sharing. Each share must be mapped to a drive letter, limiting thenumber of shares that may be in use at any one time. Windows for Workgroupsis also limited to short '8.3' style filename.
Local folders can be shared though the File Manager. Once a folderis shared, a hand appears underneath the folder icon to indicate that itis shared.
This is the Remote Access dial-up application. It will connect to aremote computer running Windows NT RAS Server, or Windows 95/98 with theDial-up server. Because it only supports the NetBeui protocol, it willnot connect you to the Internet.
Windows For Workgroups also included several application to take advantageof the built-in networking system.
One of these applications is Microsoft Mail. It connects to a 'PostOffice',which is a simple file share on a remote computer with user accounts andmail folders, and users can send and receive messages to and from otherusers in this Post Office.
Schedule Plus is a scheduling application that can be used as a stand-alonescheduler, or with a Post Office to share scheduling information.
The Microsoft At Work Fax allows users to send faxes using a localfax modem or to connect to a network fax server.
Microsoft Hearts is a card game that multiple players can play overa network.
The best part of Windows 3.x :)
Windows 3.x 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. Much of its success was spurred by the availability and success of Microsoft Office. Although Microsoft would have had you believe otherwise, Windows 3.x was the direct foundation for Chicago/Windows 95.
Microsoft Windows 3.1 was an evolution to Windows 3.0 and undoubtably the most popular, poster child version in the Windows 3.x series. Among the changes in Windows 3.1 include a drop of real mode support (see more below), the removal of the Reversi game, updated icons with richer colors, an improved setup process with better hardware detection, and the introduction of batch install. The File Manager was completely revamped and a revamped hypertext help system was introduced.
Applications could talk to each other not only through the DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) protocol, also used by OS/2, but also by the new Windows-only OLE protocol which allows for applications to share any type of object more seamlessly. Write, Paintbrush and the new Object Packager have support for this technology which remains with us today in Windows 8.
Windows 3.1 also came with support for TrueType fonts which provide more realistic font rendering as they are outline fonts that can scale to any point size. With TrueType users could finally have a good grasp that what was shown on the screen would be what was printed without blocky outlines. TrueType survives today along with its close cousin OpenType.
Multimedia support was now fully integrated along with the expandable Control Panel into Windows 3.1. In Windows 3.0 this was provided by a Multimedia PC add-on which usually came with new Multimedia PCs, sound cards and CD-ROM drives of the day. Common supported cards include Adlib and Sound Blaster 16.
BETA During development Windows 3.1 was under the development codename Janus and 3 prerelease versions have surfaced, two beta candidates and a release candidate. The final beta was compiled on December 17, 1991 and expects a BIOS date of the 18th or later. Purple was replaced with blue and the boot screen was overhauled to the modern 3.1 variant.
Windows 3.2 was a Chinese language specific release. The only difference from 3.1 was additional support for Chinese characters and was released in late 1993.
On 386 systems and greater you can run a limited subset of 32-bit Windows applications (mostly those for Windows NT 3.5 and 95) with the Win32s (Win32 subset) patch.
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To Install: Windows 3.1 requires an installation of either MS-DOS or PC-DOS and we recommend using MS-DOS 6.22 if you are unsure of a version.
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Real Mode is no longer supported in Windows 3.1 requiring at least an Intel 80286 or equivalent to run. No 8086 or 8088 systems will run Windows 3.1