I have just managed to find and install my native language versions of MS-DOS 6 and Windows 3.11 in a virtual machine, just as I had on my first computer: an IBM 486 DX2 66 MHz.
VM software: VMware Workstation 15 Player.
I've got it working, and I'm very happy for that, but there's two issues:
It's going at lightning speed. When I type "win" in MS-DOS prompt after starting it up, I can only see the Windows logo for a split second before I see the Windows 3.11 Program Manager, fully loaded. The way I remember it, that Windows logo "splash screen" is supposed to show for many seconds until the GUI gradually loads up. How do I slow it down? I've already looked in the CPU settings for the VM, and baffingly, it lacks any option to "simulate 486" or anything like that. Not even a field to enter any kind of cryptic number. How is it done?
The GUI uses 640 × 480 pixels, just as I remember it. However, even in fullscreen mode, it looks like a little square in the middle of my 1920 × 1080 screen. It could easily be "2×2" as big without being upscaled in any way. (Yes, there would still be black bars on all four sides.) I don't see any options anywhere to make it scale up either, but even if there were, I wouldn't want that. The "VMware tools" only seem to be available for Windows, and when I try to install them anyway, there is no
D:(CD-ROM) drive, neither in Windows or DOS. So that's probably not it.
How do I solve these two frustrating problems so that I can actually see what I'm doing and immerse myself in nostalgia and preferably never return back to the present?