View Full Version : Windows 1.01

February 13th, 2010, 01:51 PM
Microsoft Windows 1.01 was Microsoft's first GUI, released in 1985.
In order to run Windows, you need the following:
thumb|right|The Windows 1.01 boot screen
thumb|right|The Windows 1.01 desktop
An IBM PC or compatible
8088 or later
Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA graphics card supported
MS-DOS 2.0 or newer (MS-DOS 4 recommended) (Will not run on MS-DOS 6.0 or newer)
Two Double-sided floppy drives or a hard drive
256KB of RAM

Windows 1.01 was primitive and did not support overlapping windows.
Windows 1.01 was supported by Microsoft until 2001, making it the longest supported version of Windows.

Comment: Within Microsoft there were pre-release discussions over whether Windows 1 should only be supported on 286 machines as it ran so slowly on the 8088.