Windows 3.0

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Windows 3.0
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Basic Information
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
Type(s)
Operating System
80286 and IA-32
Status(es)
Unsupported
Microsoft Windows
Predecessor
Windows/286, Windows/386
Successor
Windows 3.00a
Platform(s)
MS-DOS
United Nations International Release Date(s)
MS-DOS
May 221990
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Windows 3.0 is a graphical operating system released by Microsoft Corporation on May 22, 1990. It became the first successful version of Windows and a rival to the Apple Macintosh and the Commodore Amiga on the graphical user interface front. Support was officially discontinued on December 31, 2001.

Features[edit | edit source]

Windows 3.0 had a significantly revamped user interface and has better memory management thanks to the capabilities of the Intel 80286 and 80386 CPUs. It could run text mode programs written for MS-DOS within a window - making it a crude multitasking base for legacy programs.

The MS-DOS Executive file manager and program launcher was separated into the list-based File Manager and the icon-based Program Manager. Microsoft Solitaire was added to this release, as was the substantially improved Paintbrush paint program, Notepad text editor, and Write word processor.

Minimum Specifications[edit | edit source]

MS-DOSMS-DOS Minimum/Recommended Specifications
Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Operating System MS-DOS 3.1 or PC-DOS 3.1
CPU Intel-logo.svg 8086, 8088 or 80286 CPU Intel-logo.svg 80386SX or 80386DX
RAM 384 KB conventional memory RAM 640 KB conventional memory and 256 KB extended memory
Graphics CGA, EGA, VGA, 8514/A, Hercules graphics card or compatible graphics card Graphics EGA or higher
Storage Hard disk required with 6-7 MB of free space
Floppy Disk Drive A low-density (720 KB) 3.5" or 1.20 MB 5.25" Floppy Disk Drive is required for Installation.
Connectivity Hayes or compatible modem for communications.
Input Microsoft Mouse or compatible