Microsoft Windows 2.x
Category: Abandoned Windows systems- client releases

Windows 2.0 appeared on November 1, 1987, allowing windows to overlap, which was a significant change from its predecessor - Windows 1.0 only allowed windows to adjacent positions, due to a lawsuit brought against Microsoft by Apple, although dialogs and menu items could obscure other windows in Windows 1.0. Version 2.0 also introduced "Minimize" and "Maximize" operations for windows, replacing the names "Iconize" and "Zoom" of the 1.0 edition. It also introduced a more complicated mechanism for calling the overlay function with key combinations: one of the command letters was underlined, and the command could be called by pressing the underlined character together with the Alt key. The file handling tasks were called in MS-DOS Executive, which was based on file lists rather than icons. In Windows 2.0 it was possible to run the first versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, and the support for Windows from third parties in the development market was growing - some developers provided non-Windows customers with Windows Runtime startup environment with their titles. However, most software companies kept their programs in a "clean" MS-DOS operating system because Windows users were still a small group.

Quick Review:
Type of product:

OS (Operating system)

Developed by:


Release date:

09.12.1987 (Windows 2.0)
27.05.1988 (Windows 2.1)

End of life support date:


Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: 1 MB
Necessarily installed MS-DOS before

CPU: 10-25 MHz

RAM: 512 KB

Type of interface:

GUI (graphical)

⦁ 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.

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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.

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