Take a trip down memory lane with the Windows 95 desktop app

Polycount

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If you aren't happy with the way Microsoft's Windows operating systems have progressed in recent years, you probably wish you could go back to the good old days.

Perhaps you want to return to the polished experience Windows 7 offered - or maybe you're feeling particularly nostalgic and would prefer Windows XP.

If you want to experience a true blast to the past, you might even have Windows 95 on the brain. Though the OS is a bit clunky by today's standards, it had a few features that were certainly ahead of its time, such as the "Start" button we've all come to love (or hate, if you have Cortana enabled).

Should you find yourself missing the classic OS, there's some good news for you now. An electron version of Windows 95 has hit the web today, allowing the aging operating system to run on modern machines - sort of.

Courtesy of software developer Felix Rieseberg (best known for his work on Slack), you can download an app version of Windows 95 on macOS, Windows, and even Linux machines through Github.

The process of getting the app up and running will be different depending on which OS you're using, but for Windows 10 users, it's as easy as running the provided setup file.

Once you've installed the app, the Windows 95 software will boot up in a window - it doesn't seem to be able to access any of the files on your actual machine (as you'd expect), nor can you use Internet Explorer, but you can toy around with Paint, Minesweeper, and Notepad as much as you'd like.

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lazer

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I really miss my computer crashing and losing my work with Win95.

BTW, I think win7 was the best, win8 was so bad even M$ recognized that, and win10 is just horrible for those who purchased small programs.

But on the bright side, Linux is coming up in popularity and is free as in air we breath....
 
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davislane1

I actually still have a Win95 install disc with code. I wonder if it could be loaded onto a VM?
 

tipstir

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Windows 95 was a huge upgrade from Windows 3.11.. Until Windows 98 SE and Windows 2000 soon after Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Windows 8.1, drum role Windows 10....

I kinda skip over Vista from XP to Windows 7 for me. .. LOL
 

Theinsanegamer

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Actually there were a lot of issues with win95. Win98 was a lot more stable and put the fun back into the PC ...
98SE. Gotta get that native USB support.

Also the last OS that worked with GLIDE dual GPUs properly, and older dual ATI cards from the 90s. The NT kernel didnt work quite right with them...ever.

(and yes I know ME was 9x based, but I said the last OS that worked. To insinuate that ME ever worked would be a blatant lie).