Installing ClassicWB OS39

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In order to use this Workbench, you MUST follow the install procedure provided.

You'll need a valid OS 3.9 install updated with Boing Bags 1 and 2, without one this pack will fail.

Vital and copyright files contained on the 3.9 install will be copied during the installation.

This is required because Workbench is still sold commercially.

The copyright holders can be found at:


Example Configuration

CPU68020 + FPU
SPEEDFastest Possible but maintain chipset timing
JIT8MB (Force settings and Hard Flush boxes cleared)
Display800x600 (Windowed)
MiscUAEscsi.device checked in order to allow CDROM access

A WinUAE config file is supplied including these settings. The information above is provided in case of config file incompatibility with new releases or other emulators. Note this is only a suggested setup - feel free to modify.


  1. Place the "ClassicWB_OS39.UAE" file into the WinUAE configurations directory.
  2. Start WinUAE and load the ClassicWB_OS39 config.
  3. Select a relevant ROM file in the ROMS tab.
  4. Add your OS 3.9 HDF file to the Hard Drives tab using "Add Hardfile" - make sure it's listed as being device DH0:
  5. Add the "System.hdf" file to the Hard Drives tab using "Add Hardfile" - make sure it's listed as being device DH1:
  6. Boot into OS 3.9
  7. Find the "Install" icon left out in the centre of the Workbench and double click it to begin installation.
  8. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the ClassicWB OS39 HDF
  9. Remove the OS 3.9 HDF from the Hard Drives tab, then move the "System.hdf" from DH1: to DH0:
  10. Save the configuration and boot.

Keymaps, locale and regional settings

ClassicWB defaults to the Great Britain locale and keymap settings. Obviously this is no good if you live elsewhere and your time zone and keyboard layout differs.

In order to change these settings, do the following:

  1. Move the required keymap from the "Storage/Keymaps" to "Devs/Keymaps" drawer
  2. Place the "gb" keymap back into the "Storage/Keymaps" drawer, or it will take up memory
  3. Reboot the Amiga and open up the "Prefs/Input" requester
  4. Select your corresponding keymap and save the setting
  5. Open up the "Prefs/Locale" requester and select your region, again saving the setting

Note that those with an American keyboard layout are able to simply remove the "gb" keymap, placing it back into the "Storage/Keymaps" drawer, leaving the "Devs/Keymaps" drawer empty. The required keymap is built into the ROM as its default setting, so to finish just save the "Prefs/Input" with "American" selected.

WHDLoad kickstarts for games and demos

WHDLoad is a tool that allows disk based games/demos to be installed and run from the hard drive, even if they were never designed to do so. It also fixes incompatibility problems between different kickstarts and Amiga models.

Just as with Workbench disks, kickstart images required for WHDLoad are unfortunately still sold commercially and therefore illegal to distribute.

In order to obtain the required images, refer to the instructions provided. READ HERE

Using a PC directory

I don't support copying this Workbench into a PC directory; you may encounter problems with files. Feel free to do so if you wish. See the FAQ for details why.

Real Amiga Installation


Included is a utility that prevents Amiga disk drives clicking. Apparently, there are a few rare third party drives that get louder when using such utilities. These drives are usually from the A1000 days so I doubt you'll experience problems. Just be aware if a drive continues to click a few seconds after the Workbench has finished booting, disable "Anticlick" in the settings menu.

If your Amiga hard drive is larger than 2GB, read the FAQ


One advantage of the ClassicWB being on a HDF is you can use an emulator to customize it before transferring to a real Amiga.

Every version has been made as small as possible by removing redundant files. In order to reduce the install further however, you may wish to remove items (such as those found in the icons drawer) before transferring.

Method 1

WinUAE has the option of mounting and preparing a real hard drive for use on an Amiga! This option is only available in Win2k-XP. Win9x-ME unfortunately won't allow this feature.

Once mounted and formatted, the contents of the HDF can simply be copied directly over to the hard drive. Then it can be placed back into the Amiga ready for use.

The WinUAE device name to use with HDtoolbox or similar utility is "uaehf.device". If you've already partitioned the drive Amiga side, it should be visible in the hard drives tab after using "Add Harddrive".

Read the WinUAE documentation for further details, or refer to the internet.

Method 2 - a slower alternative to Method 1 or direct copying of files


Creating "" in WinUAE

  1. Load the now installed ClassicWB config created above. image
  2. Add a PC directory to the Hard Drives tab. You can call this whatever you wish, however using "PC" for either the device or volume name will produce a nice Workbench icon shown in the pictures. image
  3. Boot the ClassicWB and load "Dopus" from the popup menu. image
  4. Select "DH0" for one window and the "PC" directory added in 1) for the second window. image
  5. Highlight all the ClassicWB files on "DH0" and click the "ZIP" button. image
  6. When asked to enter an archive name, type "System". image
  7. Hit return and wait for the archive to be finalized (may take a while). image
  8. Test the archive's integrity either in Dopus or Windows. image

Updating a Pre-installed Amiga Partition

  1. Copy the "" file onto your first hard drive partition, device DH0:
  2. Write "Real_Amiga_Install.ADF" back to a normal Amiga 3.5" disk. Details of how to achieve this can be found in the file transfer section.
  3. Boot your Workbench disk and manually delete all workbench related files on DH0:, except "".
  4. Boot from the install disk created in 2) and follow the on-screen instructions.

Installing from scratch

  1. Boot your Workbench install disk and use HDtoolbox to setup your hard drive, naming the first partition DH0:
  2. Boot the disk again and format DH0: , calling it whatever you wish.
  3. Copy the "" file onto your first hard drive partition, device DH0:
  4. Write "Real_Amiga_Install.ADF" back to a normal Amiga 3.5" disk. Details of how to achieve this can be found in the file transfer section.
  5. Boot from the install disk created in 4) and follow the on-screen instructions.

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