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And not just loading; even picking it up will be tedious and painful.

Windows 8.1 on 3711 floppy disks

I remember when you used to be able to fit Windows on six floppies.

(A K. Latham pin from



  1. fillyjonk »

    19 February 2014 · 2:36 pm

    That’s GOTTA be photoshopped. Do they still even MAKE floppies?

  2. canadienne »

    19 February 2014 · 2:49 pm

    Too funny. I think the biggest software install from floppies I ever did involved 14 disks.

  3. CGHill »

    19 February 2014 · 2:54 pm

    FJ: Yes, and yes, in that order.

  4. backwoods conservative »

    19 February 2014 · 4:49 pm

    “Why didn’t you do your homework?”

    “Windows 8 my operating system.”

  5. Dan T. »

    19 February 2014 · 8:24 pm

    And the Apple II’s DOS 3.3 was small enough to fit on every bootable disk along with your own saved data.

  6. canadienne »

    19 February 2014 · 9:30 pm

    It says “Disk 1 of 3711.” Did someone actually figure out how many floppies it would take to fit the Windows 8 installer, or did they pull the figure out of the air? (I could figure it out, I suppose but I am too lazy.)

  7. CGHill »

    19 February 2014 · 10:24 pm

    To me, 5.34 GB seems almost plausible for a full OEM Windows install. (I’ll be getting a copy of Win7 Home Premium next week, so I’ll take a gander at the install disks.)

  8. Jack Baruth »

    19 February 2014 · 10:44 pm

    The standard Win8 ISO fits on a DVD, which means 4.7GB max.

  9. CGHill »

    20 February 2014 · 6:58 am

    Well, that answers that. (I wasn’t going to go by the two CDs that comprise my XP install.)

  10. canadienne »

    20 February 2014 · 12:12 pm

    I assume there would be some overhead or wasted space since breaking the installer into 3711 pieces would require some extra software to put the bits back together.

    The main use for floppy drives now is playing music, apparently. The Imperial March has been around for a while but this Soft Cell tribute is even more amusing.

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