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Windows 3.0 is a graphical operating system released by Microsoft Corporation on May 22, 1990. It became the first successful version of Windows and a rival to the Apple Macintosh and the Commodore Amiga on the graphical user interface front. Support was officially discontinued on December 31, 2001.
Windows 3.0 had a significantly revamped user interface and has better memory management thanks to the capabilities of the Intel 80286 and 80386 CPUs. It could run text mode programs written for MS-DOS within a window - making it a crude multitasking base for legacy programs.
The MS-DOS Executive file manager and program launcher was separated into the list-based File Manager and the icon-based Program Manager. Microsoft Solitaire was added to this release, as was the substantially improved Paintbrush paint program, Notepad text editor, and Write word processor.
|MS-DOS Minimum/Recommended Specifications|
|Minimum Specifications||Recommended Specifications|
|Operating System||MS-DOS 3.1 or PC-DOS 3.1|
|CPU||8086, 8088 or 80286||CPU||80386SX or 80386DX|
|RAM||384 KB conventional memory||RAM||640 KB conventional memory and 256 KB extended memory|
|Graphics||CGA, EGA, VGA, 8514/A, Hercules graphics card or compatible graphics card||Graphics||EGA or higher|
|Storage||Hard disk required with 6-7 MB of free space|
|Floppy Disk Drive||A low-density (720 KB) 3.5" or 1.20 MB 5.25" Floppy Disk Drive is required for Installation.|
|Connectivity||Hayes or compatible modem for communications.|
|Input||Microsoft Mouse or compatible|