Windows 3.0

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Windows 3.0
Version of Microsoft Windows
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OS family16-bit Windows
Version3.0
Codename
Preliminary name
Architecturex86 16-bit
Latest build
Release date1990-05-22
Support end2001-12-31
Replaces
Windows 2.x
Replaced by
Windows 3.1x

Windows 3.0 was released in 1990 as the successor to Windows 2.x and was the first truly popular version of Windows. It was a major improvement over Windows 2.x, featuring a completely revamped user interface.

It was the last version to support 8088/8086 real mode (640k RAM), as Windows 3.1 only offered "Standard mode" (max 16MB RAM on 80286) and "386 Enhanced mode" (on 80386). Regardless of which mode is chosen, Windows 3.0 cannot recognize more than 16 MB of RAM, even in 386 enhanced mode.

Windows 3.0 can run in up to 24-bit color mode, given the proper display driver and graphics card.

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