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Windows 3.0 and 3.0a

Windows 3.0 released on May 22, 1990. It was released for business and networking. This version was based on Windows.
3.0 version introduced much better user interface using VGA technology. Windows 3.1 was a multimedia update including bug fixes and performance improvements.

Windows 3.0 released on May 22, 1990. It was released for business and networking. This version was based on Windows.

This version had 2 price tags; new Windows 3.0 full version for clean install was available at $149.95, while the upgrade from Windows 2.0 or any previous version priced $79.Windows 3.0 was equipped with virtual memory technology. It had improved multitasking functioning than previous versions.

3.0 version introduced much better user interface using VGA technology. Windows 3.1 was a multimedia update including bug fixes and performance improvements.

 

Windows 3.0a or Windows 3.0 with multimedia was released in October 1991. It included the multimedia updates in version 3.0 of Windows.

How to install Windows 3.0 from USB/CD

Once you have created Windows 3.0 bootable USB using the Rufus of any other tool (as mentioned above), you are ready to install Windows 3.0 using this USB flash drive.

Make sure you have Windows 3.0 installation USB disc with you. Plug this flash drive into USB port of computer, then start (or restart) computer and follow these steps:

  • Press boot menu key (usually F9 for most computers) and select USB drive from the list.
  • Press any key on your keyboard when prompted.
  • Windows installation files will take a while to load and Windows 3.0 installer setup will start.

Follow the on screen step by step instructions to continue and finish installation.

How to install Windows 3.0 on Virtual Machines?

For some reason, if you want to install Windows 3.0 on virtual machines like VirtualBox or VMware etc. Here is a brief guide for these type of applications.

How to install Windows 3.0 on VirtualBox?

First of all, download VirtualBox for Windows 3.0 (if you do not have it already).

  1. Download Windows 3.0 ISO image from download section (above on top of this page)
  2. Launch VirtualBox and start creating new virtual machine.
  3. Now select Windows 3.0 ISO image and accept default settings.
  4. Start virtual machine you just created and continue with Windows 3.0 setup installer.

Installation on VirtualBox is almost same to normal installation on real computer.

How to install Windows 3.0 on VMware

First of all, download VMware (if you do not have it already).

  1. Download Windows 3.0 ISO image from download section (above on top of this page)
  2. Launch VMware and start creating new virtual machine.
  3. Now select Windows 3.0 ISO image and accept default settings.
  4. Start virtual machine you just created and continue with Windows 3.0 setup installer.

Installation on VirtualBox is almost same to normal installation on real computer.

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Download Windows 3.0

Windows_3.0_multimedia edition_eng.zip

Windows_3.0_(3.5)_(720k)_eng.zip

Windows_3.0_(5.25)_eng.zip


Download Windows 3.0a

Windows_3.0a_(3.5)_(720k)_eng.zip

Windows_3.0a_(5.25)_(360k)_eng.zip

Windows_3.0a_(5.25)_eng.zip


 

What’s New?

  • Stability and bugs fixed.
  • Overall features improved.
  • Refined interface.

System Requirements

Minimum:

  • Processor : Intel 80386 processor or above
  • RAM : 12 MB for Workstation – 16 MB for Server
  • Disk Space : 75 MB for Workstation – 90 MB for Server