The Internet Archive has now made that possible on a modern Mac or Windows machine, offering hundreds of new games, utilities and 1990s apps that run in an emulated Windows 3.1 environment in the browser.
Windows 1.0 to 10: The changing face of Microsoft's landmark OS
Given that computers were a luxury home item in the 1980s and early 1990s, a large chunk of the world's population are unlikely to have ever seen Windows 3.1, the predecessor to the more widely-known Windows 95.
For those who did while away the hours at the time, playing shareware games on a PC, the new archive will bring back fond memories.
As the Internet Archive's curator Jason Scott reflects, Windows 3.1 marked a turning point for desktop computing thanks to improvements Microsoft made as it played catch-up with Apple.
"The Windows shell started to become more and more like an operating system, and the introduction of Windows 3.0 and 3.1 brought stability, flexibility, and ease-of-programming to a very wide audience, and cemented the still-dominant desktop paradigms in use today," Scott noted.
The Windows 3.1 collection joins the Internet Archive's DOS Collection, which now includes over 1,000 old games and programs, including the recently launched MS-DOS malware archive.