Win­dows 95 now down­load­able as a nos­tal­gic ‘app’

It’s not fully func­tional, but close enough to the real thing for a trip back to the Win­dows days of yore.

PCWorld (USA) - - News - BY MARK HACHMAN

Have about 200MB of band­width to spare and a taste for the nos­tal­gic? Why not down­load Win­dows 95—as an app? Felix Riese­berg ( go.pc­world.com/fxrb) con­structed one of Mi­crosoft’s iconic op­er­at­ing sys­tems as an Elec­tron app, which is down­load­able from Github ( go.pc­world. com/95v1) for Win­dows, Mac, or Linux. It’s un­known whether Riese­berg re­ceived any help from Mi­crosoft it­self, or whether or not what he con­structed is tech­ni­cally le­gal. At this point, re­ally, who cares?

Win­dows 95 v1.0, as it’s re­ferred to, isn’t to­tally func­tional. Apps like Notepad and Soli­taire work, but In­ter­net Ex­plorer can’t break out of the vir­tual ma­chine and ac­cess the In­ter­net. That’s a shame, be­cause there’s an AOL ex­e­cutable just wait­ing to be used. (Pc­world can con­firm that Win­dows 95 v1.0 runs just fine on a Mi­crosoft Sur­face Book 2 with 16GB of Ram—see screen­shot above.)

Un­for­tu­nately, clas­sic games like Space Cadet Pin­ball seem to have been omit­ted (though Free­cell and Soli­taire are still there). Take a few min­utes and re­live the glory days.

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