This section covers installation and usage of gawk on x86 machines running MS-DOS, any version of MS-Windows, or OS/2. In this section, the term “Windows32” refers to any of Microsoft Windows-95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7.
The limitations of MS-DOS (and MS-DOS shells under Windows32 or OS/2) has meant that various “DOS extenders” are often used with programs such as gawk. The varying capabilities of Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Windows32 can add to the confusion. For an overview of the considerations, please refer to README_d/README.pc in the distribution.