Thanks to Android Central for the heads-up about this.


Yes, it’s true! Windows 3.1 on Android is the latest addition to the “let’s-see-what-all-we-can-get-Windows-3.1-running-on” benchmark. An Android enthusiast by the name of “drraccoon” thought it would be a fun idea to try to install Windows 3.1 on Android and the result is an ultimately useless but really cool (in a geeky sort of way) implementation of an ancient OS on a mobile device! Check out the screen shot below:


Windows 3.1 on Android
*Image courtesy of drraccoon


I don’t want to steal his glory by posting his method here (it’s really simple), but I *will* make a contribution by providing you a download link to the Windows 3.1 ISO which contains the installation files you will need should you choose to give this a shot yourself (they’re in a self-extracting .exe file I created with WinRAR, so I know this is virus-free).


Download: Windows 3.1 ISO


Now, go visit the source to obtain everything else you need to install Windows 3.1 on Android and feel free to post your results and/or ideas to try as I would certainly be interested to hear of everyone’s progress — especially if any of you give Windows 95 (something drraccoon also seems interested in attempting) a shot or some other legacy Microsoft program/game!


Source: drraccoon’s Android Blog


-Stephen Chapman


  1. Actually, Windows 3.1 was not an OS but the feat is impressive in any case.

  2. Is there any way to run windows based programs on an android phone?

  3. Windows 3.1 based programs, yes. (since they were dos anyway)
    A typical linux user would ask “How come I can’t use wine on android to use windows programs?”
    This is because Wine is meant for x86 & x64 processors, not the kind of processors in these devices.

  4. hey,i hav galaxy ace and want to try out windows 7 in it.launcher impress,wil u try this….

  5. I have this problem:
    I can’t open the file with 7zip. (probaly fat16 issue)
    I need to do it to put it onto a usb drive and install on USB.
    ^^like I did with windows 3.11, but that one has no standard mode, so I thought lets put these together.
    now I need to find another download link

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