Read just our best, feature-length articles without all the extra stuff.
The World’s Largest Dark-Sky Preserve Is Located Where?
Read our first book, the HTG Guide to Windows 8, or check our upcoming books.
Enter your email below to get exclusive access to our best articles and tips before everybody else.
Ever wondered how many floppy disks it would take to install Windows 7? Here’s your answer.
So I did some calculating… [Tiepedia via @edbott]
Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
Can’t even imagine!!!
What Operating System was last distributed via floppy disks, if ever?
I have copy of Windows XP on floppy. 4 or 5 disks if I remember right. You could get up to XP SP3 on floppy but you had to order it from Microsoft directly.
Windows 95 was the last one I had
Eh those XP floppies were only boot discs, the OS was still on a CD, the floppies were just for machines that couldnt boot to cdrom.
I’d think the same for 95, but cant be 100% certain
what is windows 7..!!!!!!!!
is windows 7 a new os..?
I wonder how many punch cards are needed for Windows 7.
or how many miles of paper punch tape would be needed for Windows 7 64 bit??
I think I still have a copy of Windows 3.11 (which installed over DOS 6.22) on 3.5″ floppy. I believe there are about 12 discs total. I don’t remember how many discs were required for DOS. Prior to that I had a DOS 3.x OS that was on a single 5.25″ floppy disc. The computer that DOS3 was used on didn’t have a hard drive at all. It had two 5.25″ floppy drives, and you put the OS in one and then put your application floppy in the other. Then you swapped floppies if you wanted to save your work.
p.s. If memory serves me correct, Windows 3 was the last Windoes OS that was routinely distributed on floppy disc. It is possible that one could special order Windows 95 on floppy discs, but it would have been quite a stack of discs.
Mike-RaWare, it would require hundreds of thousands of punch cards if not millions. Each punch card held one line (one command) of code.
For the 3.11 I had, it rquired 35disks, and another 18 for back-up.
In a night class at the local High School I installed W95 on a computer and it took 13 disks.
Murphy says; at disk 2083 the drive would die.
i have a question…the picture shows a 5 1/4 inch floppy…the first floppies i used (1980) had a capacity of 360 kb and these were followed by HD 5 1/4 floppies which had a capacity of 1.2 mb. is the figure of 2084 determined by using the 360 kb or the 1.2 mb…or did your calculation come from using 3 1/2 inch floppies which if my memory serves me came in sizes of 720 kb and then evolved to 1.44 mb….of course, i am being facetious….thanks….harris
I used to do punch cards, In a College Class I took early, in High School, in the early 1970′s. So that’s what I was doing. I always was puzzled. Computers were as big as a room then, and it was all new to me, and over whelming. I should have stuck with it, I’d be a wiz at it by now.
You must agree in order to use the site to the fullest extent.
How many disks would the legal disclaimer take up?
Aw man, you all are cracking me up! I dont feel so lost now! It seems no one remembers the OLD way, they just know the new way…
windows floppy disks for operating systems and software were of a higher capacity than 1.44 MB.
I have WIN95 on 23 black floppy discs thats without DOS
I have a old Lap top which runs on Windows 95 and I wanted to transfer some data to another laptop which runs on Windows XP, but I find that the XP will not recognise the Floppy disc as formatted, even if it is preformatted on the XP laptop. It seems that the data down loaded from the 95 system is not recognised by the XP. Is there any way to transfer data between the 2 laptops?
A contranym is a word that is its own antonym: for example, to dust can mean to lay down particles (as in dusting for finger prints) and to remove particles (as in to dust a shelf of collectibles).
Enter your email address to get our daily newsletter.
Enter Your Email Here to Get Access for Free: