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Windows XP built on Windows 3.1: Code extracts!
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Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:10 pm Reply and quote this post
Windows XP is based in Windows 3.1! haha

goto C:\Windows\system\setup.inf, and open it in notepad.

Look at what the top sections read...
    help = setup.hlp

;   Place any programs here that should be run at the end of setup.
;   These apps will be run in order of their appearance here.

    caption   = "Windows Setup"
    exit      = "Exit Windows Setup"
    title     = "Installing Windows 3.1"
    options   = "In addition to installing Windows 3.1, you can:"
    printwait = "Please wait while Setup configures your printer(s)..."
    copywait = "Welcome to Microsoft Windows 3.1!\n\n   - If you're new to Windows, see 'A Brief Tour of\n     Microsoft Windows' in the Getting Started book.\n\n   - If you've used Windows before, see 'New\n     in This Version' in the Getting Started book."

   copywait4="Make sure you register your copy of Microsoft Windows 3.1.\nWhen you register, Microsoft will:\n\n   - Notify you of product updates and new product releases.\n\n   - Send you a FREE Windows newsletter."

   copywait5 = "\n\nThis would be a great time to remove the serial number label\n from the inside back cover of the Getting Started with Windows\nbook and place it on your computer for future reference."

What do you think about this? "Installing Windows 3.1" in a 'pure' 32bit OS?

Its probably pointless, but I thought it would spark some interest

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Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:38 pm Reply and quote this post
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Posted to the Distant Creations Blog at

Please link back too us

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Mon Apr 09, 2007 8:28 pm Reply and quote this post
Actually... Windows XP  is directly based off of Windows 3.1 This is the primary difference between Windows XP and Windows Vista in a nutshell.

The GDI and API that comprise the underlying GUI system in Windows dates to Windows 3.1. Vista does away with this as the GUI is now based on Direct3d, basically DX9L and DX10.

The slightly technical overview is here

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