Make Windows 3.x look like Windows XP

Screenshot of Kalmira 4.0, an application that makes Windows 3.0 look like Windows XP

This is great! As this month’s PC Plus and Personal Computer World magazines examine the forthcoming Windows Vista (which is now to be postponed for a public release until the first quarter of 2007) there are still people developing software for good ol’ Windows 3.x.

Calmira XP 4.0 is an application that replaces the graphic user-interface (GUI) in the 16-bit Windows 3.x family of operating systems (such as Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11) and replaces it with one that looks and feels remarkably like the 32-bit Windows XP operating system GUI. Version 4.0 also has support for long filenames, something that’s not built into Windows 3.x.

I’m now having second thoughts about getting rid of my old Dell Optiplex 486 DX2 50MHz; it’s still running Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Ever seen a 486 WfWg machine on 10 meg broadband?

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

One thought on “Make Windows 3.x look like Windows XP”

  1. Ah now I liked Calmira. I used it for a while on my old (1997) laptop. I was using an earlier version without the long-filename support. The Calmira site kept disappearing until some kind individual or other would raise it again. Nice to hear it’s still moving on and available.

    Driver support was the only reason I eventually abandonned it.

    I *did* actually try converting the laptop to a so-called Psion 4! Which is basically installing the Psion 3 series emulator (in DOS mode obviously) on the hard-disk so the machine boots straight in to it. All rather novel! And a good use for a relatively low-powered machine!

    Actually, thinking about it now, I guess we could configure the Psion 5/7 emulator to takeover after boot in Windows 95/98… There’s an idea to solve some Psion 7 problems!!! :))

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