[vcf-midatlantic] Running Windows 1.04 in emulation

Richard Cini rich.cini at verizon.net
Wed Apr 27 21:35:09 EDT 2016

All —

I’m progressing well with the Windows 1.04 SDK -- I’ve gotten all of the binders and books scanned. The software is fully captured and I’m trying to create a “build environment” for this as a demo.

I’ve tried to get Windows to work properly in various combinations of virtual environments with limited success. I’ve used Parallels on the Mac, VirtualBox on the Mac and PC, Bochs on the PC and Microsoft Virtual PC on the PC. I have a complete log of my findings if anyone’s interested.

Only Parallels on the Mac worked completely. On Microsoft VirtualPC under Windows 7, it almost worked, but button clicks didn’t register. Bochs was the worst performer.

Most of the issues have to do with capturing the mouse — Windows 1 predated PS/2 mice so a mouse has to be mapped to the virtual COM port or the InPort bus interface, which the virtualizations seemingly do with limited success and not at all, respectively. Some had problems with MSDOS 3.31 diskette images or 32MB virtual hard drives (the limit for DOS 3.31). Others had issues booting Windows under DOS 5.

Has anyone successfully gotten Windows 1 to work within any virtual environment with working mouse support? If so, what was the exact software configuration so that I can replicate it here? 



Rich Cini

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