How to install Windows 3.11

For those that like retro, we are going to install Windows 3.11 using the MS-DOS environment from our previous MS-DOS 6.22 installation guide.

Windows 3.11 Logo
Windows 3.11 Logo

The first step is to download Windows 3.11 installation ISO file, which can be found here – Windows 3.11

How to install Windows 3.11?

Now we need to change the CDROM on our MS-DOS 6.22 to use this ISO file.

Setting Windows 3.11 ISO CD
Setting Windows 3.11 ISO CD

Now we need to boot this device, from the CDROM that we have, this is the screen that we see once the CDROM is loading:

Windows 3.11 CD
Windows 3.11 CD

There are 2 options that you can use for the installation:

Option 1:

Select MS-DOS 6.22  and press enter to start the installation process. In this option we will reinstall MS-DOS on the hard drive, you will see the following message during this process:

Installing New MSDOS For Windows 3.11
Installing New MSDOS For Windows 3.11

This will clean the current installation and install all from the start.

Option 2:

Select the Boot option and our MS-DOS will start till you get the command prompt: C:\

  • Type: D:
  • Navigate to the w311 folder – D:\cd w311
  • Run the setup.exe command under the windows folder to start the installation.
Windows 3.11 Installation Starts
Windows 3.11 Installation Starts

Press enter to move to select the type of installation, for this guide we are using the Express Setup.

Windows 3.11 Installation Type
Windows 3.11 Installation Type

Press enter to start the installation process.

Windows 3.11 Installation Waiting
Windows 3.11 Installation Waiting

Now we need to enter our name and the serial number:

Windows 3.11 Serial number
Windows 3.11 Serial number

The next step is to select a printer, we can skip this step – select No Printer Attached and press install.

Windows 3.11 Printer Installation
Windows 3.11 Printer Installation

In the network screen, we will continue without a network for this guide.

Windows 3.11 Network
Windows 3.11 Network

Press continue to continue the installation.

Windows 3.11 Installation Edit Tool
Windows 3.11 Installation Edit Tool

If you have this screen, select None of the above and press OK. If you have more screens like the above here, you can select None of the above and press the OK button to continue.

Windows 3.11 Installation PiF
Windows 3.11 Installation PiF

If you get the above screen press the Cancel button.

Windows 3.11 Installation Tutorial
Windows 3.11 Installation Tutorial

I am skipping the Tutorial, but if you want you can take a look at the Tutorial.

 

Windows 3.11 Installation Done
Windows 3.11 Installation Done

The installation is finished, press the Restart Computer button to finish the installation. Once the computer returns with the C: prompt, you can type win to start windows 3.11.

Starting Windows 3.11
Starting Windows 3.11

 

Welcome to Windows 3.11

Windows 3.11 for Workgroups
Windows 3.11 for Workgroups

 

Hope you enjoy this guide, do you have software in mind that you want me to create an installation guide for. Let me know using our contact page.

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