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Is it possible to run Windows 3.11 as a Windows 7 64-bit OS virtual machine?

Is it possible to run Windows 3.11 as a Windows 7 64-bit OS virtual machine?

I need to find a way of running Windows 3.11 as a virtual machine within the Windows 7 64-bit OS host machine.

How can this be done?
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
If there is a dos vm profile then it should be ok.
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Greg HejlCommented:
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes. I have one running on my own Windows7 64-bit machine. You need VMware Workstation and a way to install the Windows 3.11 diskettes. I used a USB connected floppy drive, but it was an iffy approach because Windows 7 has advanced far beyond this. But I got it done and it runs.

... Thinkpads_User
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If one needs to be serious about virtual machines, VMware Workstation is more flexbile and robust, which is why I recommend it (and use it). ... Thinkpads_User
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You don't NEED VMware - if you have Win7 Pro, then XP Mode (which is a $300 value in a virtual XP license) is free. And you can create additional VMs to go with it.  One or more could be Win3.1 based VMs.  Install Win3.1 as you would on a physical machine - install DOS first, then Windows 3.1 from floppy images or a CD.

VMWare has a better reputation and is often considered the leader in VM technology... but you're talking about running an OS that effectively died 15 years ago - the "performance" of the VM system really shouldn't be a consideration nor should USB support since 3.1 didn't come with (or ever have, to the best of my knowledge) any kind of USB support.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
VMware Workstation has a better reputation because it works better :)

Windows 3.11 can use the USB floppy drive (poorly) and a USB key not at all. It also does not have a version of VMware Tools for it.

However it does work. ... Thinkpads_User
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
A word of caution about running DOS in a VM which includes Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11, it causes very high CPU utiliztion because the processor does not IDLE! So expect very high CPU in your VM, and in your HOST!

I would not run all the time, and just run when you require it. Otherwise the performance of the host is severely affected.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
This is true.

Download dosidle.exe ( http://communities.vmware.com/message/390966 ) and put this in your startup autoexec.bat file and it stops that. I load dosidle in my DOS machine and in my Windows 3.1 machine and that stops high CPU utilization. It can run for long periods then.

... Thinkpads_User
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Those links are defunct and no longer available.

This is the link works

http://maribu.home.xs4all.nl/zeurkous/download/mirror/dosidle.html

Personally, never found it works that well anymore on faster CPUs!

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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am using dosidle V2 that I got in 2002 (this stuff is getting ancient), but it still works and my current machine is plenty fast. Knowledgeable would have to experiment.

... Thinkpads_User
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BillDLCommented:
Just for experts' info, the Win 3.1 software referred to is also being discussed here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Miscellaneous/Q_27300991.html
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