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Installing and Configuring a Network in Windows for Workgroups 3.11: WFW 3.11, at the time, was Microsoft's solution for small business users to run networks reliably. There was Windows NT, but that was for the big businesses. At this time, WFW 3.11 can see a Windows 9x, NT, 2000, and XP computer, but with varying sucess. But, Microsoft made a TCP/IP stack for WFW 3.11. This allows users (and you) to connect to the Internet. In this article, I will show you how to install a network, configure the network, install TCP/IP, configure TCP/IP and install Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 16-bit. This was all done in VMware Workstation version 4.0 with MS-DOS 6.22 and WFW 3.11 installed. For more info on installing these, see the Windows for Workgroups 3.11 Install in VMware HOWTO.

You can find the AMD PCNET drivers for WFW here from AMD. You need some combination of files. I used OEMSETUP.INF and PCNTN3.386 from an NDIS3 driver and PCNTND.DOS from an NDSI2. You need a Windows (32-bit) PC to extract the files. It seems to work, at least for File and Printer sharing, though TCP/IP is broken. I have found the TCP/IP drivers elsewhere, but I do not remember where. I think I remember reading that they are at ftp.microsoft.com.

The following instructions were already on this page, but are missing the download link and are seperate from the previous paragraph. Perhaps some of the filenames mentioned will help in your googling though.

Part 1: Installing the Network

Step 1: Download this floppy image. Download Link updated Feb.12.07

Step 2: Boot MS-DOS 6.22 and start Windows.

Step 3: Mount it in VMware, by right clicking on the floppy drive icon in the bottom right hand corner, clicking Edit, and clicking Use Floppy Image. Click browse and double click on the floppy image.

Step 4: Make sure you have Disk 7 and 8 available from the WFW 3.11 disks.

Step 5: In the Program Manager, open up the Main group, and open Windows Setup.

Step 6: Click Options > Change Network Settings.

Step 7: Click Networks...

Step 8: Make sure that Install Microsoft Windows Network is selected, and click OK.

Step 9: Click Sharing... and check off both of the options, then click OK.

Step 10: Click Drivers..., then click Add Adapter...

Step 11: Click Unlisted or Updated Network Adapter and click OK.

Step 12: Leave the directory as A:\ and click OK.

Step 13: Now it will only list the Advanced Micro Devices PCNET family card, click it, then click OK.

Step 14: A list will now show, containing the network adapters, and protocols installed. Just click Close for now.

Step 15: Click OK once more and it will ask for Disk 7. Note: to unmount the image, right click on the floppy drive in the lower right hand corner, click Edit, click Use Physical Drive, then click OK. Now insert the actual Disk 7 and click OK.

Step 16: Setup will ask for Disk 8, so just remove Disk 7 and insert Disk 8.

Step 17: When it acts for the PCNET Family Ethernet adapter Driver Disk, follow the Note above, except click on Use floppy image, and browse to where you saved the disk image.

Step 18: It will then alert you that your SYSTEM.INI has been modified, and was saved as SYSTEM.000. Click OK, and then click Restart Computer.

Step 19: MS-DOS should boot without error, and you will see a message about WinImage. This is because we left the disk image mounted, so lets unmount it now by right clicking on the floppy icon, clicking Edit, and clicking Use Physical Drive. Then click OK, and start Windows by typing WIN.

Step 20: Windows will take a bit of time to load. If it seems to freeze, reboot the virtual machine by clicking the red/green arrow button in the toolbar. MS-DOS will reload. Start Windows again this time by typing "WIN :", no quotes, and including that space. It will take a bit of time to load now, but will eventually come to a login prompt.

Step 21: Type a password at the prompt and click OK. When it asks if you want to create a password list, click Yes. Type the password again, and click OK.

Step 22: Now your network is installed, and next we will learn how to install Microsoft's TCP/IP stack for WFW 3.11. Note: to test if your network is installed and working properly, open File Manager, and click Disk > Connect Network Drive. If you see a computer that has the same name as the one that you specified before, then the network is installed and ready to go. Click Cancel and click File > Exit to get out of File Manager.

Part 2: Installing TCP/IP

Step 1: Remount that disk image in VMware by right clicking on the floppy icon in the lower right hand corner, clicking Edit, and clicking Use Floppy Image. Browse to where you stored the image and click OK.

Step 2: Open File Manager and click c:\ in the little tree on the left hand side. Then click File > Create Directory. For the name of the directory, use TCP. Make sure you click on the folder TCP before proceeding.

Step 3: Click A right above the little tree. On the right hand side, you will see a list of 4 files, named oemsetup.inf, pcntn3.386, pcntnd.dos, and tcp32b.exe. Drag tcp32b.exe to C, which is right next to A. When it asks if you are sure, click Yes.

Step 4: Now click on C, and you will see a file named tcp32b.exe on the right hand side, next to that little tree. Double click on it.

Step 5: A DOS window will come up for a little bit, and then it will go off automatically. Exit File Manager by going to File > Exit.

Step 6: Double click on Windows Setup and click Options > Change Network Settings. Click Drivers.

Step 7: Click Add Protocol, and a new window will appear. Make sure Unlisted or Updated Protocol is selected and click OK.

Step 8: Where it says A:\, replace it with C:\TCP. Then click OK.

Step 9: In the new window, it wll list one protocol - Microsoft TCP/IP-32 3.11b. This is exactly what we want. Then click OK.

Step 10: A new list of things will come up, and if everything is OK, Microsoft TCP/IP-32 3.11b should be in the list. If it is, click Close.

Step 11: Click OK, and a new window will come up, asking for configuration of TCP/IP. There are usually two ways of doing networking in VMware, but I will cover only one here due to simplicity, and the fact that this type works for everything except servers. But chances are you wont be running one anyway.

Step 12: Right click the network adapter in the lower right hand corner, and click Edit. Click NAT and click OK.

Step 13: In the window asking for configuration, click Use Automatic DHCP Configuration, and type in the Default Gateway box. Click OK.

Step 14: Click Close, and click OK, then click OK again in the warning about it changing system files. Then click Restart Computer.

Step 15: MS-DOS should reboot without error, so start Windows again by typing WIN. At the logon prompt, use the password from before, and click OK.

Step 16: Program Manager should come up with a group called Microsoft TCP/IP-32 open. Open the program named FTP.

Step 17: Once FTP is open, type 'open ftp.aol.com' and press enter(no quotes).

Step 18: It should connect without error, so click File > Exit.

Step 19: TCP/IP is now fully configured and installed! Read on to find out how to install Internet Explorer 5 16-bit.

Part 3: Installing Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 16-bit

Step 1: Download Internet Explorer 5 (iso).

Step 2: Mount it in VMware by right clicking on the CD-ROM drive in the lower right corner and clicking Edit. Click Use ISO Image, and click Browse. Find where you saved the ISO and click OK. Then click OK again.

Step 3: Start Windows if it isnt started already, and open File Manager.

Step 4: Click D near the top under where it says "C: [MS-DOS_6]".

Step 5: Double click on Setup.exe. The Microsoft Internet Explorer setup program will start. It might take a little bit before the "Please wait..." goes off the screen.

Step 6: When it does finally load, click Next.

Step 7: Read that whole long license agreement, select whether or not you agree, and then click Next.

Step 8: Leave it set on Full Installation and click Next.

Step 9: Ninety nine percent of you can use the default: C:\MSIE50, but feel free to choose another location. Then click Next.

Step 10: Setup will then install OLE 2, IE 5, Outlook Express, Java VM, and some other things.

Step 11: When Setup asks to install a modem, click Cancel, then click Yes.

Step 12: When it tells you to, Reboot.

Step 13: MS-DOS will boot again, so start Windows.

Step 14: Setup will now install even more files, so just hang on. When it asks for your timezone, choose the one that best suits you, and select whether or not you are experiencing Daylight Savings Time.

Step 15: A new program group will come up, this one will contain Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Connection Wizard, and some other junk. Open Internet Explorer.

Step 16: The Internet Connection Wizard will appear. Click Cancel, then click Yes.

Step 17: If Internet Explorer closes, reopen it.

Step 18: When you reopen it, look at the menubar. If only File is showing, press the Stop button.

Step 19: Click Tools > Internet Options, and click the Connections tab. A warning will come up. Just click OK.

Step 20: Under Connect to the Internet using:, choose Your local area network or another dialer. Then click OK.

Step 21: Close Internet Explorer, exit Windows, and restart the virtual machine by going to Power > Reset.

Step 22: When the VM boots back up, start Windows, and open Internet Explorer again.

Step 23: If everything has gone correctly, a webpage will load, and you will get a Script Error dialog. Uncheck "Always display this message when a page contains errors" and click OK.

Step 24: Go to OldOs.org and download some apps!

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