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Yet Even More Miscellaneous Screen Shots
(or Sick Windows Tricks 5!)
Not too much to show off this time, but here are odd Windows things
that have popped up this last year:
A PC World Windows 3.0 "test drive" surfaced.
You can download it over at WinworldPC: https://winworldpc.com/product/windows-3/30-testdrive
This is a stripped down, minimal install of Windows 3.0. It was given
away for free with issues of PC World magazine.
It doesn't include much. Only a PC-World sideshow, a Standard Mode kernel,
Program Manager, File Manager, Winhelp, control panel, and everyone's favorite:
It is crippled so that it will refuse to run regular Windows 3.0 applications.
But that has never stopped me. :) As you can see above, it can indeed run
some simple Windows 3.0 programs. To make the application run, you must
insert the string "DEMOAPP" in to the EXE's application description header.
According to magazine advertisements, there were two versions, one specifically
for EGA systems and another for VGA. Probably in order to fit everything
one one disk. Unfortunately, the one that surfaced is the EGA-only version.
The Setup program gets confused if you try to install it on a machine with
Here is the trick to get it to install on a machine or emulator with
VGA. Edit the [display] section of the SETUP.INF and add the line:
"vga = 1:ega.drv, "EGA", "133,96,72", , 1:egalogo.lgo, , , , 1:egalogo.rle"
But it has Solitaire! So what else do you need? :)
Micrografx Windows Draw 1.04 for Windows 1.x turned up. I have added
that to the Windows 1.x/2/x page.
Recently someone pointed out the Genius VHR video system. Windows 1.04
supports this device with a whopping portrait resolution of 736x1008!
If you have seen my previous Sick Windows tricks, you know I like odd
resolutions and unusual devices.
There were a number of unusual mid 1980s video cards, some of which
had support for Windows 1.x and other popular programs. Unfortunately,
most of these cards, their driver software, and often proprietary monitors,
have long since disappeared.
John Elliott, the person behind the patched Windows 1.x VGA driver,
implemented partial Genius VHR support for PCE (but this has not been released).
There is some more information here: http://www.seasip.info/VintagePC/mdsi_genius.html
Among other issues, the original driver disk and support files have
yet to be unearthed..
After some more research, it turns out there were a few more video cards
that supported Windows 1.01. One even supported 256 color graphics.
I have compiled a list of what I have found so far:
The standard Windows 1.x drivers are:
Later Windows 1.x adds:
IBM (or compatible) Color/Graphics Adapter or COMPAQ Personal Computer
Hercules Graphics Card (or compatible) with Monochrome Display
Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) with Monochrome Personal Computer
EGA with Enhanced Color Display (Black and White only)
EGA with Enhanced Color Display or Personal Computer Color Display
EGA (more than 64K) with Enhanced Color Display
The Zenith OEM for the Zenith PC compatibles has a modified CGA driver,
but I'm not sure what the difference is:
AT&T PC 6300 or PC 6300 PLUS Display Adapter
AT&T Display Enhancement Board
Micro Display Systems GENIUS Graphics Adapter
The Zenith Z-100 port (The Z-100 is not PC compatible) has a driver for
their video. 640*200*8, I think.
IBM, Zenith, or compatible Color/Graphics Adapter
The Digital OEM for the DEC Rainbow (runs DOS but not IBM PC hardware compatible)
contains a driver for their proprietary video system:
The HP OEM of Windows 1.03 includes:
Zenith Z-100 Color Display
An addium with Micrografx Draw 1.04, dated 8/87, mentions possible Windows
1.x drivers for:
HP Multimode with HP Monochrome or Color Display (B/W only)
A readme with Micrografx Draw says the Wyse Windows 1.x drivers were supposed
to be included with earlier Micrografx Draw disks, but were omitted for
The same readme mentions another video card:
And what do you know, a bit of Googling turned up the Persyst
BoB/16 Drivers! And it includes the Windows 1.01 driver!
The Persyst BoB/16 Video Card
1987 PC Magazine shows photographs of Windows 1.x running on a few
Specifically they show:
The Vermont Microsystems's Image Manager 1024 (shown further above),
The Wyse WY-700 again,
The Sigma Designs LaserView,
And The Moniterm Viking 1.
Most of these cards were quite uncommon, and quite expensive, primarily
used on large CAD or publishing workstations. These high-end boards often
featured extra video acceleration capabilities.
It appears the Wyse WY-700 was in production use with Windows 1.0x,
but it is not clear if the other boards described in the PC Magazine article
actually shipped their 1.x drivers.
For completeness, I will also again mention:
And finally one more trick to wrap things up, 86-DOS 1.00 meets Windows
Here are programs from Seattle Computer Products 86-DOS 1.00 running
on 32-Bit Windows 8.1 in a DOS VDM. This is especially interesting because
86-DOS 1.00 was released before IBM PC-DOS 1.00.
And look, all these years later, there is Windows 8.1 Edlin!