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Windows 3.1 Turns 20!

Microsoft Windows 3.1 was released on April 6th 1992.

The minimum systems requirements for a PC running Windows 3.1 were:

  • 2 MB RAM
  • 6MB free on Hard Drive

By comparison, today’s PC with 4GB RAM increases the minimum requirements by around 2000 times.

Windows 3.1 was released at a time when computers were starting to become more popular in homes and small businesses, although they were still only mainly used by “geeks” and not by the general population.

Software was installed by using floppy disks and networking support was added to version 3.11 and games like Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts was included.

Here’s a video of Windows 3.1 in action.