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Windows was made in May 22, 1988 and released since May 22, 1990.

Development and HistoryEdit

Windows 3.0 was made in May 22, 1988 and released in May 22, 1990, and included dramatic performance increases for Windows applications.

Advances in ease of use conformed to the Common Users Access (CUA) guidelines for same style of graphical operating system user interaction.

While Windows 3.0 was designed for the home user, it possessed the ability to be straightforwardly integrated into corporate computing environments.

Windows 3.0 was also the first Windows Version to offer built-in Network Drivers. IBM even started to offer Windows 3.0 as a PS/2 Option, and it was initially presented as a stepping stone to IBM OS/2.

Windows 3.0 Could also use up to 16Mb of RAM memory, enabling user to run more programs simultaneously.

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Easter Egg: Program Manager is still included in Windows XP, you just have to look for it! (It's in the system32)

Available VersionsEdit

Windows 3.00 (Windows 89)Edit

Windows 3.00, codenamed (3.00.55) and Initial Version released in May 22, 1990.

Windows 3.00A (Windows 90)Edit

Windows 3.00A was a maintenance version released in December 1990, and was, in effect, a Service Update to Windows 3.0

Windows 3.00 with Multimedia Extentions 1.0 (Windows 91)Edit

Released in October 1991, Windows 3.0 with MME 1.0 was an OEM offer by IBM, and was an option for PS/2 computers. Came on a single CD-ROM.

Windows 3.10 (Windows 92)Edit

Windows 3.10, codenamed Janus, was released April 6 1992, and included over 1,000 enhancements.

It created unprecedented user demand, with over one million advance orders placed worldwide. Windows 3.10 also added support for Truetype Fonts, and Multimedia.

An upgrade version for Windows 3.0 was available (Win310UG), but Windows 3.10 was released as a Competitor to OS/2, and was no longer a stepping stone.


Windows 3.10 offered a variety of Modes to run Windows in:

386 Enhanced Mode, with minimum 4M RAM, and Standard Mode with minimum 2M RAM.

Windows for Workgroups 3.10 (Windows 92 for Workgroups)Edit

Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.10, codenamed Kato (Winball)/Sparta (Jastro), was released October 1992, and integrated Networking and Workgroup functionality directly into Windows.

WFW 3.10- can provide networking capabilities on its own, or it can be used as a client on an existing Local Area Network (LAN).

Both DOS upgrade and a Windows Upgrade versions were available (WFW310AD, and WFW310AW, respectively).

Windows NT 3.10 (Windows 93)Edit

Windows NT 3.10, codenamed AXP, Released in July 27, 1993

Both a DOS upgrade version available, as well as WNT3.10 upgrade versions, were available (WNT310AD, and WNT310AW, respectively).

Windows 3.11Edit

Released in December 1993, codenamed Janus (same as Windows 3.10 is), Windows 3.11, it now included the Windows for Workgroups Compatable Core Files (also as WW0981UD.EXE).

Windows 3.11 also included SVGA & updated drivers (also as SVGA.EXE). Although it was never marketed as such, Windows 3.11 was a Service Release (SR) of Windows 3.1. The only way to check to see if you have it installed, was to click the 'About' Box.

Windows for Workgroups 3.11Edit

Windows for Workgroups 3.11, codenamed Snowball, was also released in December 1993, and included the following functionality:

  • File sharing.
  • Printer sharing.
  • Network dynamic data exchange (DDE).
  • Microsoft Mail.
  • Microsoft Schedule+.
  • Microsoft At Work PC Fax.
  • Remote Access Services.
  • 32-bit file and disk access.
  • Advanced security.

Both a DOS upgrade version available, as well as Windows 3.10 or WFW 3.10 upgrade versions, were available (WFW311AD, and WFW311AW, respectively).

Windows NT 3.50 (Windows 3.50/Windows 94)Edit

Windows NT 3.50, codenamed Daytona, was released in September 1994.

Windows 3.12Edit

Windows 3.12 cu preto dos olhos preto caralhos Windows 3.11, but aimed at the Chinese Market and released in November 1994.

Windows NT 3.51 (Windows 3.51)Edit

Windows NT 3.51, codenamed Daytona (same as Windows NT 3.50 is), was released in May 1995.

Addons for Windows 3.10Edit

Windows 3.1 Addons
Windows 3.1 Addons: VFW | Win32s | WinG


Win32s was a simply a set of Win32 -> Win16 Thunkers, that allowed Windows 3.1 to run simple Win32 apps written for Windows NT 3.10

Video for WindowsEdit

Video for Windows or VFW, added basic Video support to Windows. Since Windows 95, It's been included as Standard.


WinG was a set of Multimedia Software that some old games required to run. Now, it is depreciated.


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