Codex Gamicus

Windows/286 2.0 is a graphical operating released by Microsoft Corporation on December 9, 1987. It runs as a graphical shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation. Windows/286 2.0 was superseded by Windows/286 2.10. Support was officially discontinued on December 31, 2001.

Windows/286 2.0 allows application windows to overlap each other, unlike its predecessor Windows 1.0, which could only display only tiled windows. More sophisticated keyboard shortcuts were introduced, as well as support for VGA graphics.

Minimum Specifications[]

MS-DOS MS-DOS Minimum/Recommended Specifications
Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
System Personal Computers using an Intel 80286 Processor (IBM Personal Computers and Compatibles)
Operating System MS-DOS 3.30
CPU Intel-logo.svg 8086 or 8088 CPU Intel-logo.svg 80286
RAM 512 KB conventional memory
Graphics IBM EGA, IBM VGA, IBM 8514, IBM CGA, Hercules graphics card, or compatibles.
Storage Hard disk required
Floppy Disk Drive A low-density (720 KB) 3.5" or 1.20 MB 5.25" Floppy Disk Drive is required for Installation.
Input Use of the Microsoft Mouse is optional.