Who here still uses Windows for Workgroups 3.11?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Ernie Werbel, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. Ernie Werbel

    Ernie Werbel Guest

    Seriously, I want to know.

    I still use it on a Pentium II for the following reasons.

    1.) It does what I need it to do.
    2.) See reason #1.

    I generally use it to type college term papers. How sophisticated of a
    typing program do I need? I have Microsoft Word 6.0, which has more
    features than I will ever use.

    Netscape 4.07 loads pages very fast. It doesn't load all of the "cool,"
    flashy content found on most of the web sites these days, but I can still
    log into most sites without difficulty. Basically, sites are loaded as a
    long page of text with some images here and there. Most of the unnecessary
    stuff simply isn't displayed. Since I am only concerned with the text for a
    page, I don't miss the lost PNG images that cannot be displayed on it. And
    I can get on high-speed Internet through the use of a network card so
    there's no problems.

    I do have an XP system that I use for other work, such as using my digital
    camera. But consider this: XP takes about 5 full minutes to load on a P4
    3.00GHz, 1GB RAM. Windows 3.11 loads in the blink of an eye on a P2 400MHz,
    256MB RAM.

    So I have tried Windows 95 and ME in the past. Every time I "upgraded," if
    you want to call it that, I have needed to purchase newer computer parts. I
    should think that a newer OS would employ more efficient code and thus run
    even faster but that is not the case. Instead, what I get is a system
    crammed with even more "stuff" that I'll never use. XP uses an absurd 300MB
    of memory just sitting there as soon as I start up the computer. 3.11 uses
    about 1MB.

    Another thing I never liked about Windows 9x and above was the damn task bar
    and the cumbersome Start Menu system. I prefer the Program Manager
    interface of 3.1. On my XP system I created folders with shortcuts in them
    like the Program Manager ones. It is just easier than the stupid menus that
    always have me clicking the wrong thing by mistake.

    To me, a computer is more of an office thing. So naturally I was turned off
    by XP and how it looks all cutesy. Sure I can change the skin to make it
    look like 9x, but then I still have that accursed "X" button in the upper
    left corner, which I invariably hit by mistake. 3.1 was great in that there
    was no X button, so if you wanted to close a Window you could either do
    File -> Exit or double-click the [=] box in the upper-left corner, far away
    from the min/max buttons.

    Win 3.1 looked nicer, too. The arrows had a definitive shape with both head
    and tail. The new arrows are just a boring triangle. Not to mention the
    whole 3.1 interface was simpler and crisper. The 9x 3-D look, or the XP
    cutesy look most be really taxing on the memory... and for what?

    Find something that works, and stick with it!
    Ernie Werbel, Jul 31, 2006
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    Uplink Guest

    I like Windows 3.11 and use it on old computer I find. I'm thinking of
    putting it on my Windows XP laptop. Also, when you had the reasons you
    use PII stupid people might get caught in a loop and never get out
    (they read "See number 1" and they keep reading after number 1 and get
    in a loop.

    Uplink, Jul 31, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    If you only use a computer for word processing, simple spreadsheets and web
    surfing then almost any pc that uses a 386 processor is fast enough,
    although more RAM is required than was generally the case of Win3.x, but not
    the gigabytes seen in today's systems.
    The majority of computer users never stress their systems or use their
    software to the fullest. This is the secret behind the survival of Apple,
    the majority of whose users have incredibly simple needs and did not realize
    that until OSX they were using the Apple equivalent of Windows 3.x. with
    even worse memory management.
    The majority of MS Word users do not use any more of the program than is
    available in the Wordpad applet built into WIndows.
    If it takes five minutes for XP to load on your computer then you have
    serious configuration problems.
    bmoag, Jul 31, 2006
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    Plato Guest

    I used WFW3.11 for as long as I could. I really enjoy using an OS for as
    long as possible. But, even for me, I had to give up 3.11 many years
    Plato, Jul 31, 2006
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    Robert Baer Guest

    I agree.
    But somehow i lost my Netscape for it.
    How could i get NS4.07, or would you be willing to copy the disk for me?
    Robert Baer, Aug 1, 2006
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    Ernie Werbel Guest

    I got it at http://www.oldos.org
    They have a lot of free/abandonware software for DOS and early versions of
    Windows. It's a pretty good site and has helped me out a lot.
    Ernie Werbel, Aug 2, 2006
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    Robert Baer Guest

    Robert Baer, Aug 3, 2006
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    Travis Guest

    I got mine from www.winworld.com, oldos is good too but WinWorld has a
    huge selection.
    Travis, Aug 3, 2006
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