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B.3.1 Installation on PC Operating Systems

This section covers installation and usage of gawk on Intel architecture 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/7/8.

The limitations of MS-DOS (and MS-DOS shells under the other operating systems) have 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, refer to README_d/README.pc in the distribution.