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  • Greetings and welcome to an LGR thing! And this is Microsoft Windows 3.0, not 3.1

  • not yet anyway. I wanted to take a look at this for a couple of reasons: one, I've been

  • meaning to install Windows in some form on my 486 Woodgrain PC for a long time now and

  • while the eventual goal is to put 3.1 or maybe 3.11 on there... that's what I eventually

  • want to do, but it might be an interesting detour to stop at Windows 3. Which was actually

  • released 28 years ago on the exact day I'm filming this: May 22nd, 1990 -- is when this

  • was released to manufacturing not when I'm recording this video. Contrary to some conspiracies,

  • I am NOT a time traveler so just ignore those IBM 5100s and flux capacitors you've seen

  • in my videos. Anyway, I wanted to install this because you know, I'm not terribly familiar

  • with it. I've used it a few times here and there over the years but as a kid, my first

  • version of Windows was 3.1. And while there's not a drastic difference between the Windows

  • 3 and 3.1, there kind of is. I mean there are a lot of applications that will only work

  • with 3.1, in fact way more that will work with 3.1 only, and do not support 3.0. And

  • then of course there's just some different graphical features and things like that that

  • this had, and then 3.1 got rid of or improved upon in many ways. And I don't know I just

  • find that this release is kind of fascinating. Plus, I have a brand new sealed package here,

  • check that out. This is the three and a half inch US release of Windows 3.00 and it was

  • sold apparently by Forsythe Computers Incorporated in Saint Louis, Missouri for 149 dollars at

  • one point. “New! Breaks the 640k memory barrier. Unleash all the power of your PC!”

  • Yeah I definitely want to do that since my 486 has 16 megabytes of RAM. You can see the

  • sticker here has a special bonus, “Comes with Daybook, a personal organizer with a

  • runtime version of ToolBookby Asymetrix.” Don't know what that is yet, but we'll find

  • out. While I could admire this packaging all day I'm itching to get inside here and see

  • what we get. So let's do a bit of an unboxing before we get to setting everything up on

  • the 486. [slicing] Kind of wanna save that price sticker if I can. [plasticky noises]

  • Well, fell right off, that makes it easy. [more plastic noises] Mmm fresh retro Windows.

  • [cardboard being cardboard.] Man. So crispy, so enjoyable.

  • [drops things.] Aw ffff...

  • Well just pretend that never fell out of there. Mm, yeah that is packed to the brim. [sniff!]

  • Mmf. Smells like a library. So there's that Asymetrix runtime ToolBoxsoftware construction

  • set for Windows. Got the gigantic Windows 3 user guide here, good grief. Got a product

  • registration card. Well it’s less of a card and more of a substantial pamphlet. “Important

  • information read this first.” No thanks. Okay I don't remember seeing this as a thing.

  • Well, it's not really a magazine. It's more like a, yeah, 12 page monthly publication.

  • So I guess the Cobb Group had their own Windows newsletter. Aha yes, here we go the Microsoft

  • Windows 3.0 hardware compatibility list, this is fascinating. The following computers, video

  • displays, printers, pointing devices, keyboards, and networks have been certified for use with

  • Microsoft 3.0,” yes. Windows 3 can run on all these things. And pretty much this is

  • just effectively is a wish list for my collection these days, but a bunch of them, man. What

  • the heck happened to these things? Like what's what's the ALR Powerflex? That sounds like

  • an amazing computer. Or the Emerson ET200, didn't realize Emerson made computers. The

  • Goupil G5-SX? It has some Nokias in there, I've been trying to find like a Nokia, like,

  • MS-DOS computer just because it seems like that would be fun. Here's a very similar list

  • for all of the applications that Microsoft has tested to be working with Windows 3 or

  • have Windows 3-specific versions at this point in 1990. Of course, there were many more than

  • this that would work on Windows 3 but it's kind of neat to have a brand new operating

  • system at the time and they went out of their way to test so much stuff. Here's our proof

  • of license for Windows 3.00. Look how simple that is. Yeah these looked a little more simpler

  • than what happened with all the Microsoft license things later on -- the holograms and

  • all sorts of interesting print and security features. Not much going on there. And then

  • all this this is going to be the floppy disks. “Please, treat it as valuable property.”

  • I will do that, Microsoft in 1990, I will do that. “Before opening this disk packet

  • I should carefully read all that crap.” Let’s go ahead and get this disk packet

  • open here before we take a look at the manual or anything like that. [slicing away.] Oh

  • man. Wow these look great. They feel great too, these are quality disks. Alright, so

  • yeahfor DOS systems,” this is a full version of the thing you just Install this

  • on top of DOS. I have DOS 6.22 installed on the 486 so that is what we'll be upgrading

  • -- or really adding onto since Windows was more of a shell that ran on top of DOS at

  • this point and not a fully fledged operating system. So it does require DOS which is why

  • we're doing it in this order and subsequently we're going to be installing 3.1 on top of

  • this 3.0 installation in the future. I am curious about this, I’m absolutely not familiar

  • with this at all. So it looks like it comes with a personal organizer, a calendar, address

  • book, to-do list. But also this thing called ToolBookand that's what I'm more intrigued

  • by here. “With the full version of ToolBookYou can easily create your own applications

  • without being a programmer.” I've used Windows 3.0 before like, it's installed on my IBM

  • PS/2 Model 90 486 XP thing. This on the other hand, yeah, we'll install this once we get

  • Windows installed and see what it does. And finally [plop] just want to take a look at

  • this manual here really quick because it's so large, it demands an audience. Heh! That's

  • the most appropriate, it has 640 pages. 640k barrier broken, 640 page barrier broken for

  • this manual. Wow. Ohh. Just absurd documentation, could you imagine getting a book like this

  • with Windows 10? Or anything these days from Microsoft that's not like some enterprise

  • solution kind of IT corporate business software. Anyway! That's one delightful mountain of

  • documentation. All right. Well now I know what Windows 3 comes with so let's hook up

  • the woodgrain 486 and get this baby installed. All right got the 46 turned on some disks

  • at the ready. Here we go. And it just said to type setup on the A: drive. “Welcome

  • to the Microsoft Windows version 3.00 setup.” We will install toWindows.” Look at

  • this very classic Windows installer they used for seemingly forever. Okay, so let's see

  • what it has detected: MS-DOS, VGA. We do have SVGA, we'll just go with VGA for now. Sounds

  • good. And now to sit through the process of installing eight flop--no, seven floppy disks.

  • These are all 720 kilobyte, not high-density just double sided double density disks. And

  • I'm not sure, okay what is it doing here? The heck is this? No clue what that did on

  • the first disk there, but we'll try it again. You really just never know with floppy disks,

  • hehe. Even ones that were new, wrapped up and stuff. Okay well, that's what it was supposed

  • to do andafter setup installs Windows it will perform each of the following, check

  • procedures: setup printers, applications already on hard disk.“ Nope. Nope. Nope. Because

  • I don't want to do any of that, I don't have a printer attached right now. Although I hope

  • to address that in the future. So yeah, it seems to be fine now, we went from disk 2

  • onto disk 3 so, I'll just continue from here and pick back up once it's done installing.

  • Hm, didn't even ask for disk 7 just went straight to this. Needs to modify config.sys and autoexec.bat,

  • make all modifications for me.” Yeah, go ahead. Reboot. I guess it's not gonna do

  • it for me, “Do it yourself,” it says. Okay, let's see what it did. We have Windows

  • over there and we just type inWIN.” And it loaded so quickly we couldn't even

  • see the Windows 3.0 splash screen. What a shame, but I do still have that compact flash

  • storage device installed on here. So yeah, this is Windows 3.0. It is very much like

  • 3.1 or 3.11 but a little simpler. The icons are different, a lot of the capabilities are

  • different as I mentioned earlier, but well see if we can add a little bit of color here.

  • Ha ha, fluorescent. Yes [chuckles] cuz why not? Oh, these color schemes are not great.

  • I remember pastel. I guess we're just gonna put it right back to where it was. We got

  • a bunch of fonts. Well, actually not a bunch. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 fonts. We can access our PORTS.

  • And our MOUSE. And our DESKTOP. I remember some of these patterns being kind of interesting.

  • Nope nope, they're pretty dumb. They're all monochrome. Okay, and I keep I keep wanting

  • to click this part to get the drop down. But you actually have to click the drop down,

  • just clicking this doesn't actually do anything here. So yeah, there's a lot of little things

  • about the UI that they tweaked for 3.1 that just make it way easier to use. Let's try

  • some wallpapers. Will it let me? Oh I have to tile them. There we go. Some of these are

  • pretty rad. I like chess. Always liked chess. That's like my favorite of the Windows 3 wallpapers.

  • I'll probably leave that but I'm just curious what else is in here. Paper? Yeah, whatever.

  • Party. Augh. I don't know man that might be even better, hahaha. The early 90s-ness of

  • that is beautiful Oh so is that, oh it's just great. I think I'm gonna leave that one for

  • now and then I had something magnificent over here, kind of like this. Oh my goodness yes!

  • This is Windows 3.0! [chuckles] Look at all this man. Oh I just want to drink from jazz

  • pattern Solo cups and go rollerskating and aw, man. Alright, so see we got some games

  • here. Solitaire, the classic. There's something about like how smooth everything feels yet

  • the frame rate isn't ridiculously high either, there's just something odd about it. It does

  • have all the same decks as 3.1 though. It looks like it is yep, still the same one by

  • Wes Cherry. So. And then Reversi was the other game that it came with, this was a classic

  • sort of a holdover really. And then they kind of took it out from 3.1, if I recall. Let’s

  • see we got some accessories and we got Write. “I can write things with my Model M and

  • it's loud as ballllls.” It's wonderful. We got Paint-friggin-brush. Oh, yes mmm, look

  • at that high DPI of my mouse, haha. This little Logitech mouse, it's a -- or maybe it's the

  • polling rate causing that but either way, it's a very limited kind of mouse situation

  • going on. We have the Terminal which was, ah man. I wish I had a phone line to actually

  • try this because I used to dial into all sorts of things like, you know bulletin board systems

  • and the local library and there was like this thing that the Yellow Pages had. I don't know,

  • all sorts of stuff if you had a phone line which I don't. I don't even have a modem installed

  • in this thing just cuz I don't really need it these days. Notepad! Yay It's Notepad.

  • Recorder, quite handy for recording macros if you ever need to do things with your various

  • programs, you know spreadsheets whatnot if they don't have macro support built-in. Cardfile!

  • [TYPING LOUDLY] Yeah in case you need to keep a bunch of cards filed. And weve got a

  • calendar to keep track of your calendar, set alarms for yourself. All these basic productivity

  • things that were really like a big selling point of Windows so you would be able to get

  • all of these kind of things just in one spot. You get a clock man, a clock! I Love that

  • digital clock. You've also got the PIF editor here, which is if you want to make shortcuts

  • and special, you know, requirements for memory and display usage and all the kinda stuff

  • for your DOS programs. Pretty darn handy, at least I found it so in -- especially in

  • Windows 95, but also in 3 and 3.1. File Manager looks -- it looks a little bit different too

  • from 3.1. So you have this and then just things open up this way and it's, I don't know, I

  • think it's kind of annoying. I don't like it. I know there's ways to customize it but

  • point being I'm not a big fan of file manager in Windows 3. You save your settings, sure

  • go ahead, I don't care. I did wanna try that piece of software that it came with though,

  • the Asymetrix runtime toolbox. Okay, so we'll run theRUNcommand and it is: TPKSETUP.EXE.

  • And install it to the toolbox folder. [brief disk drive noises] Well it did that. Well

  • dointroducing tool book.” Ooh. Tour book! An introduction to tool book. “In

  • this brief introduction, you'll see what it can do. Allow about ten minutes,” well,

  • I don't know about that but. Yeah, what can it do? I just want to know what it can do.

  • ToolBook is almost as powerful as your imagination. You can combine text, graphics,

  • animation, calculations, interactive--” is this HyperCard? Kind of looks like HyperCard.

  • Create a book that uses stereo sound.” Yeah this is pretty much looking like HyperCard

  • for the Mac. Not exactly what I thought it would be but that's interesting Yeah, check

  • it out there's an example of things you can do. So that's that part of it, let's try Daybook.

  • Alright, so we have the Daybook map. You can see a data flow diagram, okay. It's like an

  • organizer. That's fine. “This this is today. Dang it.” And we can go to yeah, I got a

  • -- we can put a reminder here, nah we're gonna put a watch on this day and it's gonna remind

  • me to upload this video. “Upload this video,” and the watch is on top of that but there

  • we go. Oh, no, we can't -- why can't I make the watch -- well. Screw this. Now, I would

  • try SimCity for Windows here, SimCity classic. But but this is one of those that will not

  • work on here because it needs Windows 3.1 or above. For all sorts of reasons, but you

  • know largely because of all the multimedia stuff. However, I believe that the Microsoft

  • Best of Entertainment Pack will work on here it says, yeah. MS-DOS version 3.1 or later

  • which this is 6.22. And Windows version 3.0 or later with a 286 or higher, 640k RAM. Yay.

  • Long as we can play SkiFree, Rodent’s Revenge, Jezzball? It's not entirely useless. Oh, yeah.

  • That's what I like to see: all these games. SkiFree, yay! So, yeah, you can play SkiFree

  • in Windows 3, so that's pretty awesome. And you got Chip’s Challenge without any sound,

  • hehe. That's -- it is what it is. Jezzball, good stuff, good stuff. Again it's all very

  • quiet though. That's unfortunate. And the reason for this silence is not because we

  • don't have a sound card in here, if you'll remember a while back we did another 486 upgrade

  • video where I installed a lovely Sound Blaster Pro 2.0 card. So this thing does have some

  • awesome sound, but all we get in Windows 3.0 here is occasional PC speaker beeping and

  • that's it. [doonk] Like that. Doonk! That’s all you get. What is my cool name, uh cool

  • name is LGR. My cool quote isQuotes are cool.” But the reason that we don't have

  • sound here is simply because Windows 3 does not support it. In fact It didn't even get

  • support other than this really basic PC speaker warning beep until Windows 3.0a with Multimedia

  • Extensions. And as far as I know that wasn't actually sold in stores, it was just an upgrade

  • that was made available for certain vendors that were selling their MPC or Multimedia

  • PCs. But this doesn't have it. Which is kind of odd because on the front of this if you

  • look at the screen that is on that little IBM, what is that an 8513 monitor. It has

  • an article about MIDI, it shows a keyboard in Paintbrush, and there's a Program Manager

  • window open that saysMusic and Computing.” But this does not have music or sound support!

  • It's just... why were they doing that? They were like teasing something that just wasn't

  • even a thing yet. But anyway! This computer does have the ability to play back sound so

  • we'll do that eventually with the upgrade to Windows 3.1. But as it is now that's pretty

  • much it for this right here, just Windows 3. We'll see you in the next 486 upgrade video

  • at some point where we will be happily upgrading to Windows 3.1 and probably 3.11 for Workgroups.

  • But anyway, that was this video and I hope that you enjoyed what you saw here! And if

  • you did perhaps you'd like to check out some of my others. Of course there was the video

  • where I put this computer together in the first place, as well as the one where we put

  • the Sound Blaster Pro 2.0 card, and a bunch of other upgrades with more to come in the

  • future. And beyond that there are other videos every Monday and Friday here on LGR. And as

  • always, thank you very much for watching!

Greetings and welcome to an LGR thing! And this is Microsoft Windows 3.0, not 3.1

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