The Windows 3.1 Bible - because faith was required


Scan originally appeared in Wired 01.02, May 1993.

"Everything you ever wanted to know about Windows... but was just too busy to ask". At 1.154 pages, this baby sure looks like a time-saver!

I remember when these types of books started to appear. For a 90's Microsoft-boy like me they marked the transition from when you knew what your computer was doing, roughly at least, to simply having no idea (reading that Bible might have helped, of course). Multiple processes competing for CPU-time and the sheer complexity of the OS was just overwhelming. I surrendered and stopped worrying about why the harddisk-light was blinking frantically, even when I was staring at a blank page in Notepad.

PS: Try out this Windows 3.1 online emulator for a bit of nerd-fun.

Comments (7)

Oh but how much BETTER than Win 3.0. Not even a bible and regular trips to the altar could make 3.0 a good experience. For me somewhere between the ZX81 and the Atari ST I lost any understanding of what made the thing work. ironically, at that time I moved "up" to a PC and DOS and felt like I could see the guts and make sense of it again.

boy am I sick of the sight of the windows 3.1 bible

What happened to this site? It's become a graveyard. We need new updates.

Does anyone have a copy of the Windblows CD-ROM. It had the best intro ever with Stephen Hawkins sound alike cursing Bill Gates.
Would love to hear that again.

i loved this site in my google reader, please keep updating! that trackball man made the rounds.

Ghost town. This sites seems to have gone the way of windows 3.1

Amazing post and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!

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