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Microsoft Windows 3.0

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Microsoft Windows 3.0

Windows 3.0 and Windows 3.1 seemed to mark a giant leap in the evolution of the PC, going mainstream and offering users a visually-pleasant environment in which to work, listen to music, and even play games. Who didn't sit in front of the monitor for hours playing Solitaire, when a perfectly good deck of cards sat untouched in a drawer somewhere? This version even looked and performed better than the previously-boring Windows 2.1x, offering a revamped user interface and better memory management.

Strangely enough, there was something about 3.0 that was barbaric and magical at the same time--barbaric in that we still needed to boot with config.sys and autoexec.bat, barbaric in that it felt more like a turbo-charged MS-DOS program rather than a new OS, but simply magical because it was a far cry from...

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