Install Windows 3.11 From Hardrive

Q: What hardware configuration would I need to upgrade my Windows 3.1 to Windows 95/98? A: ITS’s recommended minimum Windows 95 configuration is a 486 processor, 32MB RAM, and 1GB hard disk.However, if you have to purchase any of the above, it might be worth your while to invest slightly more to obtain a 400MHz Celeron computer that sells for approximately $900.

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Windows To Go (WTG) is the feature released by Microsoft in 2011 that allows the user to install and use Windows 8 or Windows 10 directly from a USB drive or external HDD.

Yes, if you are a macOS or Linux user and don’t want to install Windows 10 on your main PC then it is possible to enjoy it directly from a USD hard disk or the flash drive. Although we can create virtual machines, due to limited resource laptops or PC, it could not give the best performance at all. In that situation, using Windows To Go, is really a good idea.

With the help of this Windows feature, we can easily carry it on a USB storage device without worrying or filling up the limited storage space of your computer’s internal storage space.

Windows To Go supported operating systems:

  • Windows 8/8.1/10 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows 10 Education Edition
  • Windows 10 Professional Edition

Note: Feature that allows creating Windows To Go, without using any third-party tool is not available anymore in Windows 10 2004 or later versions. The main reason for removing this inbuilt feature, that lets users set up Windows To Go Pen Drives is that it can’t support updates, thus after sometimes our portable Windows 10 installation could become vulnerable. However, you can still use third-party software such as Rufus to create WTG USB drives.

Let’s see how to install Windows 10 or 8 on USB Flash Drive for portable use

Things you need to perform the following steps.

  • 32 GB or above USB. You can also use an external USB HDD as well.
  • Rufus software
  • Supported Windows operating system ISO image.

Step 1: Download the Windows 10 preview ISO to experience this, if you don’t have a compatible bootable image. Here is the link for that. Remember, to download the ISO you should have a Microsoft account, if you don’t have then simply register one, it is free.

Step 2: To create Windows To Go USB drive get the executable file of Rufus from This is a free tool that we can use to create a Linux bootable USB drive as well.

Step 3: Plug-in the USB Flash Drive or Hard Disk to system and run the Rufus software.

Step 4: Under Device, click on the Drop-Down box and select the connected USB drive that you want to use for Windows To Go.

Step 5: Next is Boot Select, click on the “SELECT” button and choose the Windows 8 or 10 ISO image you have.

Step 6: In the “Image Option” drop-down instead of Standard Installation select the “Windows To Go“.


Step 7: For Partition Scheme, select MBR, this supports both BIOS or UEFI.

Step 8: If you want, you can change the name of the Volume as per your choice.

Step 9: Finally click on the “Start” button to initiate the process of creating a Windows To USB.

Step 10: The software will push a message that all data resides on the USB drive will destroy. Just hit the OK button to accept it. Wait for a few minutes.

Create Windows To Go USB Drive with Rufus

Step 11: Once the Windows 10 installation on a USB drive is completed, you will have two partitions on your Drive, one is for the system that holds the boot information, and the second one Windows core and other files such as Program Files and more…

Step 12: Now, boot your system and from the boot menu which generally appears via F9, F7, F8, F12, Esc, or Del key, however, it solely depends on the manufacturer of your motherboard BIOS. Moreover, when we boot our system, it shows the “key” for the very short time that we can use to get the BIOS menu. So, when you have that, set it to boot from Windows To Go USB drive.

Note: You just have created a Media that uses the UEFI: Bootloader. Please remember that. to boot this media, You must disable secure boot, in case it is active.

Step 13: Now you will have your portable Windows 10 OS that has been installed on a USB drive. Also, keep one thing in mind if you are using a USB drive then don’t install too many software because that ultimately going to consume your Pen drive or external Hard disk you have used to set it up. Instead choose any other internal drive for installing tools, games, or software. In this way, the portable Flash drive will have free space for OS operations.

In case, you face any let us know, the comment section is all yours!!


As of June 30, 1999, ITS will begin phasing out support for Windows 3.1. Users are strongly advised to migrate to Windows 95/98, if possible. During the transition period of July 1 - Dec. 31, 1999, ITS will continue to provide on-site trouble-shooting as resources permit. ITS recommends that you contact your technical person within your department for assistance, or if you have additional questions, call the ITS Help Desk at 956-8883 and ask to speak to someone from PC Support regarding Windows 3.1.

In order to assist users who still might be using Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups (WFW 3.11), ITS has created this support page to documented some of the more common procedures and potential problems that UH users have encountered.

Installation instructions are geared for the University of Hawaii community and might not apply to other institutions. If dialing in via modem from home, use the modem connection installation. If your connection is on-campus, use the Ethernet installation. However, if you are using file or printer sharing on campus (without LAN servers) via Windows for Workgroups, ITS has been using Microsoft's TCP/IP-32. Please refer to the link: Installing MS TCP/IP-32.

  • File Sharing/Print Sharing (only for Windows for WorkGroups)
  • Other ITS Documents:

Windows 3.1 documents can be found at: ITS documents - Windows 3.x

Microsoft Support

Microsoft has not actively supported Windows 3.1 for several years. However, specific information might still be available via a search on their web site at

For a basic search in Microsoft's knowledgebase, check the following site:

For a more advanced knowledgebase search:

Other knowledgebases from Microsoft site:

Windows 3.1 is Y2K compliant BUT with issues. One of the main issues is that Windows 3.1 is dependent on DOS. If the DOS you are running is not Y2K compliant, your Windows 3.1 environment is not Y2K compliant.

There are 2 types of DOS: IBM PC DOS and Microsoft DOS (MS-DOS). (Users can type in VER at the DOSprompt to find out what version and type of DOS they are running. For more instructions: Finding Your Version). Depending on the results returned, the following table lists what procedures would be required to make your Windows 3.1 setup Y2K compliant.

DOS Version Action

IBM PC DOS < 7 Not Y2K compliant, requires purchase of new DOS

IBM PC DOS 7 Need to download and install a Y2K patch

IBM PC DOS 2000 Y2K compliant

MS DOS < 6.0 Not Y2K compliant, requires purchase of new DOS

MS DOS 6.0 Y2K compliant, but noted issues with DIR and MSBACKUP commands, no patches
More MS DOS 6.0 Y2K Information

MS DOS 6.22 Y2K compliant, but noted issues with DIR and MSBACKUP commands, no patches
More MS DOS 6.22 Y2K Information

The other main issue for Windows 3.1 is that you need to get the updated version of WINFILE.EXE (which is also known as the File Manager program) from the Microsoft site. For more information and download instructions:

(UH Alert: Most of the older IBM PC computers purchased before 1996 on the UH contract would be running non-compliant Y2K IBM PC DOS. You would need to either upgrade your DOS to be Y2K compliant and/or install the patches for Y2K compliance on both DOS and Windows.)

For more comprehensive information about the PCs and Y2K issues, please review:

For more information concerning Microsoft's products for Y2K , search the MS Product Guide.

ITS also maintains a Y2K informational page at for microcomputer issues.

Q: What hardware configuration would I need to upgrade my Windows 3.1 to Windows 95/98?

A: ITS’s recommended minimum Windows 95 configuration is a 486 processor, 32MB RAM, and 1GB hard disk. However, if you have to purchase any of the above, it might be worth your while to invest slightly more to obtain a 400MHz Celeron computer that sells for approximately $900. Purchasing new hardware allows faster processing of information with a faster bus, cache, and I/O access.

Q: What if I can't upgrade my Windows 3.1 because my software doesn't have a Windows 95 upgrade?

A: Not everyone will be able to upgrade the hardware or software to use Windows 95/98. If using Windows 3.1 has been sufficient for your needs and the date issues for Y2K don't necessarily apply to your specific needs, be aware of the potential problems and:

i. Ensure that you have a complete backup of your critical files.

ii. Backup frequently.

iii. Plan to upgrade at a later time.

Q: My Netscape and Eudora aren't working. There's an error saying 'Unable to load TCP/IP.'

A: One common reason might be that you've closed the application 'TCPMAN' which activates the networking capability. Please check to see that you've 'minimized' the application (pressing the '-' button on the top right side of the window, not the 'x' button which closes the application.) If you're certain that the application is running, check if others around you are experiencing the same problem. It might be a network problem if more than one of your co-workers are also experiencing problems. If the problem is isolated to you, double check that the cables from your computer to your datajack, if you're directly connected on campus (or modem if you're dialing in) haven't become loose. Another reason could be that the network card is not functioning properly anymore. If possible, exchange it with a working network card to see if that is the cause of the problem.

Q: What are the causes of a General Protection Fault (GPF)?

A: There are numerous causes of getting a GPF, also called an Unrecoverable Application Error (UAE). Basically, the program is doing an unexpected operation in the protected mode area of the Windows operating system. The most common causes include corrupt program or operating system files, using incorrect or corrupted drivers, not enough RAM or hard drive space and faulty hardware.

Check how much RAM and hard drive space you have. ITS recommends a minimum of 16MB of RAM for running one large application(Microsoft Word or Excel) and background programs such as a virus checker or Trumpet Winsock. Also, check for available disk space. If you have less than 10-15MB of disk space available, try deleting old or unnecessary files to free up more disk space for Windows to use.

If GPF's are occuring right after you installed or updated new hardware or software, undo the change. If the GPF goes away it is most likely that the change is causing the problem. Check with the manufacturer of the software or hardware you are trying to install to see if it is compatible with your version of Windows.

If you made no changes to the system recently, try running a disk utility like Norton Utilities or CHKDSK.EXE to see if you have problems with your drive. If errors are found, reinstall the affected files.

Microsoft has a more detailed page at:

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Q: Windows hangs on exit. How do I correct this?

A: Edit the system.ini file in the Windows directory. Go into the Windows File menu and choose 'Run'. Type 'sysedit' in the command box and hit Enter. Choose the system.ini window. Locate the [386Enh] section and all the following line:



Restart Windows

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Install Windows 3.11 From Hard Drive Windows 10

Q: I can't print. What causes a 'General printer error' on my screen?

Install Windows 3.11 From Hard Drive Free

A: Windows does not have enough hard drive space to spool your document. Delete any old or unnecessary files off your hard drive to free up space.

Also, check to see that there is no error on the printer.

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Q: What's the difference in Windows versions.

A: Version history:

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