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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Good Riddance
by tristan on Thu 6th Nov 2008 02:55 UTC
tristan
Member since:
2006-02-01

I'm a great one for computer nostalgia, but the simple fact is that Windows 3.1 was utterly terrible.

In those pre-Win95 days, I was a just a kid, using Acorn RISC-OS machines at school, and an Amiga 500 (later 1200) at home. I remember my dad splashing out hundreds of pounds on a powerful PC for work -- a 486SX/25, I think, with all of 4MB RAM -- and being utterly disgusted by how terrible "Windows for Workgroups" was compared to what I was used to.

*sigh*.

Those were the days...

(On the plus side though, it didn't take me long to work out how to play Doom on it!)

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RE: Good Riddance
by google_ninja on Thu 6th Nov 2008 02:58 in reply to "Good Riddance"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

I was using MacOS back then, I thought win 3.x was a joke, and could never figure out what the big deal was with 95.

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RE: Good Riddance
by Athlander on Thu 6th Nov 2008 10:19 in reply to "Good Riddance"
Athlander Member since:
2008-03-10

I was using Acorns and Amigas at the time too - Windows 3.x was terrible in comparison.
Unfortunately, even up until about 1998, my university only supported Win3.11 on their network (Netware, no less). Every now and then, they would send out emails telling people not to connect using Windows 95.
The best memory I have is of being able to dual-boot between Windows and Linux from a 1gb drive!

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