List of Windows 1.0 OEM releases

Despite the known fact that Windows 1.0 was quite a commercial failure, you'd be surprised to know how many OEMs shipped it with their hardware.

This ist is by no means exhaustive or complete, but it is a nice piece of trivia and goes to show Microsoft's marketting might back in the day. Some of the OEMs mentioned below already signed up for Windows when it was first announced in November 1983 and many more joined the cause despite constant delays and objectively better offerings from the competition. Confirmed OEMs (via available copies, screenshots, photos, etc.) are listed in bold.

  • ACT Apricot: known releases include 1.03 (ACT designations "VB1.03" and "VR1.03") for their XEN, XEN-i and XEN-i 386 machines, possibly others.
  • Ainsi: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0.
  • Altos: a PC Mag article from June 1984 says they demonstrated a pre-release build on their machines at a technical seminar.
  • AT&T: according to period magazines, Windows 1.0 ran on the PC 6300 already in December 1984, though the availability of the final release is unknown.
  • Bytes-Comterm: a PC Mag article from June 1984 says they demonstrated a pre-release build on their machines at a technical seminar.
  • Columbia Data Products: a PC Mag article from June 1984 says they demonstrated a pre-release build on their machines at a technical seminar.
  • Compaq: no release by them is confirmed, though it seems quite possible, considering Compaq was an early MS-DOS adopter and later worked closely with Microsoft on Windows/386. Also mentioned in a PC Mag article from June 1984.
  • DEC: includes 1.01 (DEC designation "1.01.11") and 1.03 ("1.03.08") for their VAXmate, as well as a seemingly unreleased port of 1.03 to the Rainbow 100.
  • Goupil: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0 for their model 3.
  • Honeywell: a PC Mag article from June 1984 says they demonstrated a pre-release build on their machines at a technical seminar.
  • HP: release 1.03 (HP designation "A.01.03") for the Vectra and 150, possibly others.
  • IBM: a runtime release of 1.04 came with their Collegiate Kit for PS/2 Model 25. Model 30 also came with Windows 1.0 in some form as part of their "Solution Pac Desktop Publishing System". Earlier versions seem unlikely due to IBM's competing TopView product and long-time refusal to endorse Windows.
  • ICL: version 1.03 was bundled with their release of multitasking DOS 4.10.
  • Intel: Windows 1.0 was bundled with their Above Board, though that was just a retail copy.
  • ITT Qume: a PC Mag article from June 1984 says they demonstrated a pre-release build on their machines at a technical seminar.
  • Kontron: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0.
  • Mindset: their impressive PC model was to ship with Windows 1.0, but delays and commercial failure make it questionable, remains to be found. Also mentioned by a PC Mag article from June 1984.
  • NEC: version 1.03 in Japanese shipped with some PC-98 models, version 1.01 also rumoured but unconfirmed, possibly more releases. A magazine ad also shows pre-release versions in Japanese.
  • Nokia: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0.
  • Northern Telecom: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0.
  • Olivetti: version 1.03 (Olivetti designation "1.02") in German shipped with their M24 machines, but only photos and screenshots are available online. Release for M21 also said to exist, other versions and languages possible.
  • Olympia: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0.
  • Orchid: included a free copy of Windows 1.0 with their TurboEGA cards.
  • Quadram: Windows 1.0 was bundled with their Quad EGA+ cards.
  • Philips: version 1.02 is available.
  • Polo: a PC Mag article from June 1984 says they demonstrated a pre-release build on their machines at a technical seminar.
  • Rana Systems: pre-release versions reportedly ran on their 8086/2 drives for the Apple II, also mentioned by a PC Mag article from June 1984.
  • RM: versions 1.02 and 1.03 came with their PC-186 machines, as well as the SDK for 1.02, possibly others.
  • Siemens: versions 1.02 (Siemens designations "Release 1.01" and "Release 2.01") in English/German for PC-D, as well as versions 1.02 and 1.03 in German for PCD-2 are available. 1.03 German for an unknown Siemens machine also confirmed, but not available, other versions also possible.
  • Symag: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0 with their Orchidee.
  • Tandon: their release of 1.03 sold on eBay a while ago.
  • Tandy: even early pre-release versions were ported to their 2000 model, also mentioned in advertisements. A release for 1000 series is also likely, though none is available at this time.
  • TeleVideo: a PC Mag article from June 1984 says they demonstrated a pre-release build on their machines at a technical seminar.
  • Texas Instruments: a PC Mag article from June 1984 says they demonstrated a pre-release build on their machines at a technical seminar.
  • Thomson: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0 with their MicroMega 16.
  • Toshiba: Windows 1.0 was supposedly an optional upgrade for the T3200.
  • Triumph-Adler: a french magazine article from May 1984 says they signed the contract to ship Windows 1.0.
  • Tulip: version 1.03 included with their PC-compatibles. French release is available online, German and Dutch only confirmed to exist. Other versions and languages are also possible.
  • Wang: a copy of version 1.03 was sold on eBay a while ago. Wang was also present at Comdex 1983, where they showcased a pre-release version of Windows 1.0 running on their machines.
  • Zenith: version 1.01 came with Z-100 series machines (includes PC-compatible and incompatible models), 1.03 also for PC-compatible Z-100 models. Other versions also possible.

I'm sure there were also others I haven't come across yet, but even at this point, the list is rather impressive in my opinion. If you know of any others I haven't listed, please contact me and provide the relevant information, so that I may update the list if necessary. I do intend to have a look at each of the available releases eventually, once I finish with the Evolution of Windows 1.0 series of posts.

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