How to Install Windows 3.1 on Symbian S60




Did you know that you can have old Windows versions on your Symbian S60 smartphone? It's using the DosBOX emulator ported to Symbian in order to do that, so it's just like an application, no need to replace the operating system (I don't even think that's possible).

Here's a blog I made containing almost exactly the same tutorial:

This particular tutorial is for Nokia phones, but it might work with others that have Symbian OS.

What do you need?

A Symbian s60 v3 or v5 Smartphone with at least 16MB memory card
One USB cable or card reader
Internet Connetion (lol?)

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Step 1: 1: Download.

First, download this:
It has everything you need to install. I made it zip, so you can download it directly from the phone. Unpack it somewhere.

Warning! Although Windows 3.1 is very old and it might be abandonware, please use this ONLY if you also own a copy of MS Windows 3.1.

Step 2: 2: Installing DosBOX

There's everything you need to install in the folder "install". Install every app in the correct order. Plug your phone's USB cable, set it to PC Suite, and start installation.
Set your date to Jully 2008 before installing 4 - SDL-1.2.13-s60-2.3.4_armv5, or you will get an expired certificate error.
Also, set your date to August 2009 before installing 8 - dosbox.

Step 3: Installing Windows 3.1

Warning! Although Windows 3.1 is very old and it might be abandonware, please use this ONLY if you also own a copy of MS Windows 3.1.

Unplug the USB and plug it back. Set your phone to Mass Storage.
Copy all of the contents of the folder "memory card" to your phone's memory card.

* If your phone has a normal screen (eg. Nokia N95), copy Data\WIN3\Orientation\normal\dosbox.conf to e:\Data\ on your phone, where e:\ is your memory card.

* If your phone has a landscape screen (eg. Nokia e63) you don't need to do anything, because it's already set to that. Anyways, if you screw up and your screen is rotated 90 degrees, copy Data\WIN3\Orientation\landscape\dosbox.conf to e:\Data\ on your phone, where e:\ is your memory card.

* In order to change the resolution from 640x480 to 320x240 in Windows 3.1, you need to change the drivers. I made this simple: copy Data\WIN3\SMALLRES\system.ini to e:\Dos\C\WINDOWS\ in order to set the resolution to 320x240. If you want to revert back to 640x480, just copy system.ini from Data\WIN3\normalres in the same folder. It's already set to 640x480 so you don't need to do any changes. Also, Calmira screws up in 320x240, so I don't recommend it.

Step 4: That's It!

That's it!
Enjoy your Windows 3.1 ! :D
It's a bit slow, but it works.

Here's a video:

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    25 Discussions

    have nokia 808 pure view, nokia N700 and nokia N8 all in wonderful working condition I was wondering whether it is possible to get rid of symbian and install windows? any suggestions?

    Is there a chance of changing the font size, becuase when i launch Dosbox on my Nokia N95 the letters aro too smal for the display.. i can only see some pixels.. you know what i mean? :D c:

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    Please help me? When I open dosbox it make blank black screen......please help meeee :) my e-mail is


    7 years ago on Introduction

    plz help i installed evry thing and then when i open it it says memory full close some apps so i installed dosbox slim insted and now when i open it it makes a blank black screen then returns to the menu screen help plz!!!!!!

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I change the mobile date to 01 july 2008 and try to install the file but it shows certificate expry error. plz advice me.

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    no need to change the date.just watch this video : download the package (link in description).
    he has signed the apps and uploaded them.
    he is a very nice guy.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Plz someone help me
    I have installed all but when i open dosbox it opens and remains constant. What should i write in dosbox to start .plz help

    1 reply

    not anymore, trying to put win 98.
    does anyone know what the enter buton would be?
    i type in comands but don't know what the enter key is


    7 years ago on Introduction

    i tried the above steps , these are really helpful but after copy the files,
    when i start dosbox it shows me an error of , memory full , too many applications
    what to do now??

    The nerdlinglemonie

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    for dos i have mega race, rath of earth and an fps game.
    mega race is so cool, it has good graphics and i runs well