Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Nov 2008 16:12 UTC, submitted by Michael
Windows I collect manuals. I have so many of them, that I'm starting to wonder where on earth I'm supposed to put them all. Somewhere in the back of a closet, I keep all my manuals in three huge boxes, with manuals dating from the early '80s to just a few days ago when I bought a new mouse. However, none of them are as dear to my as my extensive, fully illustrated Dutch manuals for Windows 3.0, which accompanied my parents' first PC in 1990. An enormously detailed manual covering every aspect of Windows 3.0 - with special sleeves for the various floppy disks that held the Windows 3.0 operating system. I still have those original floppies, and they're still fully functional. Last week, the era of Windows 3.x finally came to an end when Microsoft ceased to give out licenses for the operating system.
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by StephenBeDoper on Wed 5th Nov 2008 23:30 UTC
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Despite its limitations, I think many of us will look back on Windows 3.x with a bit of fondness (Stockholm Syndrome-induced or not). As I was reading through the manual during the writing of this news item, I encountered many things that we take fro granted now - the manual explains icons, windows, dialog boxes, menu bars, cursors, everything.

If nothing else, we look back with fondness on the days when comprehensive manuals were standard (at least, those of us perverse enough to RFTM for fun).

Admittedly, though, I do have a few fond memories of Win3.x, since the first PC that was truly "mine" ran Win3.1. I remember upgrading to a P100 with Win95 and missing several features from 3.1 - the inability to switch to the Desktop via alt-Tab (which you could do with the program manager), the old "copy to/move to" keyboard shortcuts that were in File Manager but not Explorer, and the Win3.x "Recorder" macro app.

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