Category: IBM abandoned systems

IBM OS/2 (Operating System/2) - an operating system developed by IBM and Microsoft, later developed exclusively by IBM. The name means that the system was developed for the second generation of IBM personal computers.


OS/2 1.0 was released in December 1987. It was a text-based system at the time, but already had a rich API for graphics control and mouse operation. The GUI was introduced with the November 1988 release of version 1.1. In 1990, Microsoft and IBM relaxed their collaboration on OS/2. The growing popularity of the Windows desktop environment prompted Microsoft to focus on its own system. This led to a division of work on OS/2 - IBM was supposed to focus on version 2.0, while Microsoft was supposed to focus on version 3.0, known as NT OS/2. Eventually, both companies' cooperation on OS/2 was broken and Microsoft released version 3.0 as Windows NT. IBM's 1992 release of OS/2 version 2.0 included a new graphical interface and 32-bit API. However, the real 32-bit system was only the Warp 3 version of OS/2 released in 1994, which also introduced better media and Internet support.


In early 1995, in connection with the introduction of new IBM Power Series personal supercomputers by IBM, work started on OS/2 Warp 3 for PowerPC. Unfortunately, the Power Series and ThinkPad Power Series computers were not commercially successful (the main reason was the price) and work on the system was suspended. Nevertheless, there are beta versions (unstable and unsuitable for use). IBM announced that it will withdraw OS/2 from sale on December 23, 2005, and on December 31, 2006 it will end its support for the system. However, supporters of the system tried to defend OS/2 by collecting signatures under the petition to release all or part of its source code, but it was rejected.


Quick Review:
Type of product:

OS (Operating system)

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Release date:


End of life support date:


Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: 4-10 MB

CPU: 4-25 MHz


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⦁ Additional informations about files:
BETA versions (developmental, unstable) are marked in gray,
Blue - official system editions,
Green for modifications and additions (if any)

If you have trouble choosing the right version of the system to download, please refer to the markings below:

⦁ OEM- version compatible with previously purchased devices / pre-installed system on a new computer, assigned to a PC motherboard. After damage or replacement of computer parts, your license is lost

⦁ SP- System image contains a package of fixes and updates. The higher the number, the more patches and updates contained in the system. The patches are called "Service Packs".

⦁ RTM- System version released on the day of release, straight from the production line. It does not contribute anything to the operation of the license.

⦁ Retail- sales version of the program.

⦁ [Polski]- Polish language version; [English]- English language version

⦁ x86 or 32-bit - system compatible with 32-bit processor architecture. They do not support 64-bit architecture. They can use up to 4 GB of RAM.

⦁ x64 or 64-bit - System compatible with 64-bit processor architecture. Some systems (older than Vista/7) do not support 32-bit systems

⦁ x86-64- Multi-architecture edition of the program. You can choose it if you do not know what CPU architecture your computer has.

⦁ VL/VolumeLicense- A system preinstalled on company computers, this license allows you to install the same system on multiple computers and use it simultaneously.

⦁ E- System version without Internet Explorer browser.

⦁ N- System version without media programs (Windows Media Center, Media Player)

⦁ Images called: "Home/Ultimate" are actually images that contain all editions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate

⦁ Multi-SKU: system image with multiple edits to choose from during installation. Multi-Format system

⦁ (chk): system image checked for errors during compilation (debug)

⦁ (alt): alternative system image to be downloaded, not different from the original, it is a copy/reupload

⦁ DMF: system image saved in a floppy disk format

⦁ CD/DVD: system image saved in a format designed for compact discs and DVDs.

⦁ ESD: file from digital or commercial distribution. To use it, it must be converted to an ISO file.

⦁ File preview icon:
                      IMG- floppy disk image. You can use it in a virtual machine, or use a special program to extract files.

                  ISO/MDF- ready to burn to disk, create bootable media or use in a virtual machine. It can also be used in a program to emulate virtual drives and discs.

      7Z, ZIP, RAR- compressed archive. To access the file, use a program to compress the files, e.g: WinRAR, 7-ZIP- please use file archiver program to open it.

To quickly find the image, press [Ctrl+F] on your keyboard and enter the keyword in the search field. This will highlight the images that contain the entered keyword.

Installation of these images is intended for advanced users. The following systems are published in the BETA (test) version. The installation may be problematic, the system may not work properly. Moreover, BETA versions may be unstable with drivers, programs and operation. They may have unfinished system functions. It is recommended to test the BETA version on a VM. If you have problems with the installation I recommend to consult the Beta Archive forum.

If you are looking for activation keys for Windows [Beta] installation images, click here, or use this address.