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Encyclopedia > Windows 3.0
Windows 3.0

A typical Windows 3.0 workspace
Website: N/A
Company/
developer:
Microsoft
OS family: Windows 3.x
Source model: Closed source
Latest stable release: Windows 3.0a / October 31, 1990
Kernel type: N/A
License: Microsoft EULA
Working state: Unsupported as of December 31, 2001

Windows 3.0 was the 3rd major release of Microsoft Windows, and came out on May 22, 1990. It was the first widely successful version of Windows (see history of Microsoft Windows), enabling Microsoft to compete with Apple Macintosh and the Commodore Amiga on the GUI front. Image File history File links Windows_3. ... This page as shown in the aol 9. ... The term software company could be applied to; a) a company that produces software or b) a company that distributes software from a third party or c) a company that provides services for software. ... A software developer is a programmer who is concerned with one or more facets of the software development process, a somewhat broader scope of computer programming. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of US$42. ... The Windows 3. ... The text below is generated by a template, which has been proposed for deletion. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 61 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... In computer science, the kernel is the core piece of most operating systems. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of US$42. ... As of 2006, Microsoft Windows is the worlds most common operating system for use on personal computers. ... May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... The Windows Logo used since Windows XP In 1983 Microsoft announced its development of Windows, a graphical user interface (GUI) for its own operating system (MS-DOS) that had shipped for IBM PC and compatible computers since 1981. ... Apple Computer, Inc. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh, or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Amiga is the name of a range of home/personal computers using the Motorola 68000 processor family, whose development started in 1982. ... Gui is short for Guilherme or Guilhermo or an iteration of that, in English it translates to Will. ...

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Features

Windows 3.0 succeeded Windows 2.1x and included a significantly revamped user interface as well as technical improvements to make better use of the memory management capabilities of Intel's 80286 and 80386 processors. Text-mode programs written for MS-DOS could be run within a window (a feature previously available in a more limited form with Windows/386 2.1), making the system usable as a crude multitasking base for legacy programs. However, this was of limited use for the home market, where most games and entertainment programs continued to require raw DOS access. Windows 2. ... Bold textMemory management is the act of managing computer memory. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... An Intel 80286 Microprocessor AMD 80286 with 12 Mhz. ... An Intel 80386 Microprocessor. ... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... In computing, multitasking is a method by which multiple tasks, also known as processes, share common processing resources such as a CPU. In the case of a computer with a single CPU, only one task is said to be running at any point in time, meaning that the CPU is...


The MS-DOS Executive file manager/program launcher was replaced with an icon-based Program Manager and a list-based File Manager, thereby simplifying the launching of applications. The MS-DOS Executive was still included as an alternative user interface program. The Control Panel, previously available as a standard-looking applet, had been re-modeled after the one in Mac OS. It centralized system settings, including limited control over the color scheme of the interface. A number of simple applications were included, such as the text editor Notepad and the word processor Write (both inherited from earlier versions of Windows), a macro recorder (new; later dropped), and a calculator (also inherited). The earlier Reversi game was complemented with a card game named Solitaire. Program Manager in Windows 3. ... An applet is a software component that runs in the context of another program, for example a web browser. ... Mac OS, which stands for Macintosh Operating System, is a series of graphical user interface-based operating systems developed by Apple Computer for their Macintosh line of computer systems. ... Notepad is a simple text editor included with Microsoft Windows since version 1. ... Reversi and Othello are names for a strategic boardgame which involves play by two parties on an eight-by-eight square grid with pieces that have two distinct sides. ... // This article is about games played with cards. ... Klondike is a solitaire card game often known purely by the name of Solitaire. ...


Windows 3.0 was the last version of Windows to advertise 100% compatibility with older Windows applications.

A boxed copy of Windows 3.0 in the original shrinkwrap. This boxed copy includes 3.5" floppies (720K version) for DOS systems.
A boxed copy of Windows 3.0 in the original shrinkwrap. This boxed copy includes 3.5" floppies (720K version) for DOS systems.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (480x640, 76 KB) Summary This image shows a brand new boxed copy of Windows 3. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (480x640, 76 KB) Summary This image shows a brand new boxed copy of Windows 3. ...

Memory modes

Windows 3.0 was the only version of Windows that could be run in three different memory modes:

  • Real mode, intended for older computers with a CPU below Intel 80286, and corresponding to its real mode;
  • Standard mode, intended for computers with an 80286 processor, and corresponding to its protected mode;
  • 386 Enhanced mode, intended for newer computers with a Intel 80386 processor or above, and corresponding to its protected mode and virtual 8086 mode.

On a 286 or later, Real mode set the CPU to run in real mode, as though it were an Intel 80186, including the limitation that it could only address 1 MB of RAM. The expanded memory scheme was used to utilize any memory the computer had beyond 1 MB. This slowed down the computer significantly, and was used only by users of legacy applications that would crash in protected mode. Windows 3.0 was the last version of Windows that could run in real mode. An Intel 80286 Microprocessor AMD 80286 with 12 Mhz. ... Real mode (also called real address mode in Intels manuals) is an operating mode of 80286 and later x86-compatible CPUs. ... Protected mode is an operational mode of x86-compatible CPUs of the 80286 series or later. ... An Intel 80386 Microprocessor. ... In the 80386 and later, Virtual 8086 mode, also called virtual real mode, allows the execution of real mode applications that violated the rules mentioned here under the control of a protected mode operating system. ... An Intel 80186 Microprocessor The 80186 architecture. ... MB may mean: MegaByte or Megabit Bachelor of Medicine, an academic degree (Latin Medicinae Baccleureus) Honda MB, a Honda 50 cc motorcycle from the early 1980s Manitoba, Canada: postal code Manned Base, in military parlance Marching Band, a group of people that play instruments while marching in unison to form... Sharma Ram (disambiguation) Ram Sharma is an amazing, talented teenager that lives in Canada His talents include rapping, comedy, and cooking He is bound to success! ... Expanded Memory was a trick invented around 1984 that provided more memory to byte-hungry, business-oriented MS-DOS programs. ... A legacy system is an antiquated computer system or application program which continues to be used because the user (typically an organization) does not want to replace or redesign it. ...


Standard mode on a 286 or later switches the CPU to protected mode, and therefore let the CPU directly access up to 16 MB of RAM at once, enabled virtual memory, and used memory protection to make Windows more stable in the event of an application fault. Support for standard mode was dropped in Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Protected mode is an operational mode of x86-compatible CPUs of the 80286 series or later. ... The memory pages of the virtual address space seen by the process, may reside non-contiguously in primary, or even secondary storage. ... Memory protection is a system that prevents one process from corrupting the memory of another process running on the same computer at the same time. ...


386 Enhanced mode implemented all the benefits of Standard mode, plus 32-bit addressing and paging for faster memory access, plus virtual 8086 mode for safer execution of MS-DOS programs: each of them now ran in a virtual machine. In the previous modes, multiple MS-DOS programs could only be run in full-screen, and only the program currently active was executing; but in 386 enhanced mode, they could be run simultaneously in separate windows. In the 80386 and later, Virtual 8086 mode, also called virtual real mode, allows the execution of real mode applications that violated the rules mentioned here under the control of a protected mode operating system. ...


The Multimedia Extensions

The Multimedia Extensions were released in Autumn 1991 to support sound cards, as well as CD-ROM drives, which were then becoming increasingly available. The Multimedia Extensions were released to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), mainly CD-ROM drive and sound card manufacturers, and added basic multimedia support for audio input and output and a CD audio player application to Windows 3.0. The Multimedia Extensions' new features were not available in Windows 3.0 real mode. Windows 3.1x would later incorporate many of its features. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Sound Blaster Live! Value card, a typical present-day PCI sound card. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Multimedia is the use of several different media (e. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Windows 3. ...


Marketing

This version of Windows was the first to be pre-installed on hard drives by PC-compatible manufacturers. Zenith Data Systems had previously shipped all of its computers with Windows 1.0 or later 2.x on diskettes but committed early in the development of Windows 3.0 to shipping it pre-installed. Indeed, the Zenith division had pushed Microsoft hard to develop the graphical user interface because of Zenith's direct competition with Apple in the college & university market. Then, two weeks before the product launch, Microsoft succeeded in convincing Dell to pre-load the operating system software as well. Zenith Data Systems (ZDS) was a division of Zenith founded in 1979 after Zenith acquired Heathkit, who at that time had recently entered the personal computer market. ... Apple Computer, Inc. ... Dell Inc. ...


External links

  • GUIdebook: Windows 3.0 Gallery - A website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces
  • Windows 3.0 Gallery - Windows 3.0 Screenshots



 
 

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