Windows

Inside Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1

 

In 1990, Microsoft released set of games designed exclusively for Windows 3.0 called the Microsoft Entertainment Pack. (I could not track down the exact date of release) By exclusively, I mean that these games would only run in Windows and would not run in MS-DOS. 
 
In this gallery, I'll take you back to the Windows 3.0 days and look over the games and screen savers that came in the first Microsoft Entertainment Pack.
 
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17 comments
jskeith
jskeith

MEP 1.00 for Windows 3.00 was announced/released 10/8/90. Great article!

30bob1
30bob1

I have a 3.5 original MS floppy dated 1990 - 1994 that I use on my XP machine every day. Those games are hard to beat, even yet. My favorite is Freecell with Tripeaks right behind. I used to play some of these games on my old (at work) IBM 20 meg hard drive computer back those many years ago. Memories!

Thumper1
Thumper1

Back in the good (or bad, depending on how you want to look at them) old days, I worked for a vendor who supported an aircraft parts manufacturer with about 40 stand alone computers. They used programs that ran on Windows 3.1 and we were directed to remove the games before systems were delivered and were to check every existing system and delete the games. I didn't hear any complaints until I happened to work on the office managers system, which still had the games installed. When I discovered that, I said I would get those off of there, she said "You leave those damn games alone!" I guess Rank Has It's Privileges

dean000
dean000

Shucks I still use it with my Win XP Pro.

tfoster
tfoster

Remember loading the OS with 13 Disk!!! good ol windows 3.1.1

jbusheyvt
jbusheyvt

...Have the games gotten any better since 1990?

floppydisk
floppydisk

Oh the memories! This article caused me to look in the attic at my old computer stuff and I discovered the original packaging, complete with the 5.25-inch high density disk! As it says on the box "Fun and Games for the Windows Environment".

kryten2x4p
kryten2x4p

So Taipei would eventually become Mahjong Titans

libskrap
libskrap

When you could call MS and get a helpful person in Redmond(!) to answer questions -- about installing, fixing and using their software -- for no additional fees. When MS was viewed as a helpful, resourceful, terrific company. Good products, great people, great prices. A place anyone in IT would want to work. Been lots of changes since then.

jriherd
jriherd

I have entertainment packs 1,2,&3. I have all three loaded in a virtual machine on my windows 7 machine, I play them often!

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

but I don't have the same list: I found it installed on an old bombed out win95a system The games in the pack I have: - Ski - Jezzball - Dr. BlackJack - Chips Challenge - Golf - TriPeaks - Taipei - Tetris and the files are dated from 1991 - '95 and no I didn't have to install it on a new system to find out I just started the old 1993 80486 and looked

Rodo1
Rodo1

I remember those very well. I actually have an old box lying around that has Windows for Workgroups on it just as it was when I retired it 11 years ago. Now this article is making me want to drag it out and fire it up! Edit: I forgot! I have them on my current (XP) system. I'd still like to fire up the old box though and see if I could remember how to get around in Win 3!

TBBrick
TBBrick

Didn't take long for managers started yelling at IT staff to get the ^#(&@ games off the computers.

TBBrick
TBBrick

I can't remember exactly how many disks there were (25 plus???,) but I gave a CEO the Office 97 thick stack. He about passed out, then I advised him once the process was started, it couldn't be stopped, so do it on a Sunday in front of a good ball game. He walked out with a big grin. ;-)

awgiedawgie
awgiedawgie

I don't know what's sadder - that I actually miss playing those old games, or that you have a '93 486 that was that easy to fire up. I mean, I have an original IBM PC (as well as a PCXT, a 286, 386, and a couple of 486s, among others) that still works, but it would have to be a pretty dire emergency for me to go to the trouble of digging it out of the storeroom and trying to use it. And actually at this point, my biggest obstacle to using any one of them would be the lack of monitors. My monitors have always been quick to die on me, and the old systems just don't support the new monitors.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

....The Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack, which consisted of the best games from Microsoft Entertainment Packs 1, 2, 3, and 4. Stay tuned as I'll soon be posting galleries of Entertainment Packs 2, 3, and 4