Windows 3.0 RC6
Our next build is the "Release Candidate 6" build, and thankfully, this build is a lot more interesting! It actually looks like Windows 3 now! In fact, this build is mostly identical to the final!
After copying the essential system files, the rest of the installation is done within Windows.
As you can see, the installation process for these builds is extremely easy and self-explanatory.
Here's the boot screen!
Welcome to the Program Manager! This officially replaces the MS-DOS Executive, and feels more like a fully-fledged GUI.
All of the programs seen here appear identically to how they appear in the final build, as well as upcoming Windows 3.x builds, so most of these will most likely be shown only once.
Most programs have a "Help" file to accompany them.
The first build to have multiple color schemes.
The first build to have proper desktop backgrounds, many of which will probably look familiar and would stick around for a while.
The printer control panel that isn't nearly as confusing as the Windows 95 Video Guide will lead you to believe.
The only sound support here is basic PC speaker noises.
In Windows 3.x, Windows Setup can be run within DOS and within Windows. If you load an incompatible video driver, the only way to correct it is to run Setup within DOS.
Many of these programs return from Windows 2, but have a new look to reflect the new Program Manager GUI.
The clock program now has a "Digital" mode that resembles a digital watch.
Two games. One of them is new, and the other returns from Windows 2, albeit given a new look.
The first appearance of Solitaire, which would become a well-known staple of Windows from this point forward.
Reversi returns from Windows 1 and 2, but looks more refined.
Here's an extremely neat little program.
It allows you to edit AUTOEXEC.BAT, CONFIG.SYS, SYSTEM.INI, and WIN.INI at the same time! Why didn't this stick around for very long? This is a genius idea!
Onto the next build!