Curious: Windows 3.1 On The iPad

Ghani Mengal
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You shouldn't ask about meaning or aesthetics here. But, nostalgically, or for some games, running the age-old Microsoft operating system on a modern iPad can be satisfying.

Microsoft Windows 3.1 can be installed on an iPad using an MS-DOS emulator called iDOS 2 in the App Store. You can use it to start classic Windows games or simply enjoy and share a successful nostalgia trip. Benjamin Edwards explains exactly how this works in his article "How to Install Windows 3.1 on an iPad".

In advance, you need the iDOS 2 available in the App Store, which is based on the free DOS box for the iPad or iPhone at least 5.49 euros, but iOS or iPadOS 14 also supports mouse, gamepad, and keyboard via Bluetooth. Other virtual solutions directly by touch on the display are also possible. iDOS was already available in the App Store a good ten years ago but was then withdrawn by Apple because of the possibility of downloading illegal code via iTunes. This problem has now been fixed by the developer, writes Edwards.

Windows From 1992 On Today's iPad

This is followed by a detailed description of how iDOS works at all, as it represents an emulated MS-DOS machine, and how it is used in particular to activate and load disk images (floppy disks, so to speak).

Then it's about setting up the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Finally, the big company installs Windows 3.1, which originated in 1992, on the iPad. To do this, you mainly need the installation files of Windows 3.1, for example from the original installation disks, which you can collect in a folder (”w3setup”) to start them from there on the iPad after you have placed it in the videos folder copied to "files". Again, Edwards describes several possible ways. If you don't have an original Windows 3.1 yourself, it is of course more difficult, but you might get the disks from eBay or other sources, for example.

If you have followed all the steps, the splash screen of Microsoft Windows version 3.1 should appear on the iPad, and you can, for example, "gamble" from the programs folder "Games" from Solitaire or Minesweeper, just as creatively start Paintbrush or continue setting up the sound support on the iPad and the corresponding games and programs now on the Apple tablet - who likes it and who likes to take a journey into the past.

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Member Of Freelancers Union (USA), Freelance Writer!, and Digital Creator. Ghani Mengal is an enthusiast Freelance blogger and digital marketer. His content has been published and featured on many popular blogs, websites, and publications. Including TeelFeed,, Data-Driven Investor, TextSniper, Scientific Publication The Predict, The Startup, The Ascent, Heart Affairs, Illumination, And The List goes on.

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