Endangered Software Archive - Miscellaneous Programs

The files here are compressed using 7zip, so as to keep download times down and to enable us all to keep larger archives.

NOTE: While I am making this software freely available, I wish to make it clear that I am not in any way claiming ownership of their copyrights. Neither am I intending to prevent people from legitimately acquiring new software; I merely wish to encourage people to remember what software looked like in times long gone. The copyrights of each of the programs here belong to their respective manufacturers.

Miscellaneous Programs - Completely Disorganized
Micro-Soft BASIC 3.2
Back before there was the PC, there were science kits for adults and for children. These slowly edged to the idea of a 'computer' of your own in the 1950s, and by the 1960s they had even started using electricity. By the early 1970s they used discrete logic, and in 1974, the first 'true' home computer was released: the Mark-8, which was based on the Intel 8008 CPU. It was a make-it-youyrself kit designed by a magazine. The Mark-8 inspired another company, MITS, to design and release their own machine: The Altair 8800. That machine itself has become a legend, because it was the first 'home' computer that was made available as a prebuilt unit, even if it was still mainly a DIY kit. Two young dropouts, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, saw a 'coming soon' advert on the cover of Popular Electronics magazine and contacted MITS, saying they had a BASIC interpreter that they could port to the Altair if MITS wanted to make it available with thre Altair. They accepted, so Gates and Allen hurriedly formed Micro-Soft, short for "Microcomputer Software" company, and wrote what became this program, using a roughly emulated 8080 processor. And the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Download
Micro-Soft BASIC 3.2 source
A couple of years ago, I got bored during a graphics class at college and decided to try and disassemble the legendary 4K-BASIC, and I succeeded. I've never managed to do anything with it, but I wouldn't mind translating the code to x86. I believe it should be quite easy, just a case of updating the register names and the pnemonics, but I just can't be bothered sitting with two instruction sets unfurled in front of me for hours, translating 4096 bytes, byte by byte. And then trying to assemble it. Maybe later, but definitely not now. Download
Microsoft Chicago 73 bootscreen
If you're still running a 9x version of Windows (95, 98, or ME), this will work for you. Drop this file in C:\ and it will change your bootscreen to that of Chicago 73! Download
Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 CPU patch
This goes with Windows NT 3.1, you need to put these files in the \WINNT\SYSTEM directory after the last reboot before it comes back in GUI mode (second reboot if you're starting to count from the moment you started WINNT.EXE, first if you're starting from when you start Windows NT Setup from your newly created bootables). Download
Microsoft Windows 2.9 fake
A few years ago, someone called Air101 thought it would be a good idea to try and make Windows 3.00a identify itself as Windows 2.9. Well, they tried, and here it is. But they didn't try very hard. Download
Microsoft Windows 720
Do you have a computer that has only a single double-density floppy drive (720K), a momochrome display, and no mouse? Well, I do, and that's why I made this image. It's Windows 1.01 with only the control panel and text editor left in, CGA display, and no mouse driver. I used the disk that this image is based on to edit text files a while ago, on my Amstrad PPC-512. Download