Windows 95 is now available to download on macOS, Linux, and of course Windows if you’re looking for that hit of ultimate nostalgia.
If you’re in your late 20s or early 30s and above then your first experience of using a computer will have been extremely different to how we use them now. Today we have powerful operating systems on our laps and in the palms of our hands. However, 20 years ago they were restricted to our desks, and very few of us were lucky enough to have sole access to one.
If only those of us who complain about the wifi being slightly slower than it usually is knew of the pains that came along with dial up internet. Waiting ten minutes for a photo to load, and that’s only if no one in the house wanted to use the phone as you couldn’t do both things at the same time.
As fortunate as we are that times have changed and technology has advanced, many of us love nothing more than being able to feel a pang of nostalgia. When it comes to the computers we used to use that hasn’t been an easy thing to do, until now. Felix Reiseberg, the developer of chat app Slack, has brought Windows 95 to 2018, and he has done it via an app that any of us can download.
As covered by The Verge, the source code and app installers are availabe on Github and the app will run on macOS, Linux, and Windows. You’ll be able to use MS Paint and even play Minesweeper as if it were once again the mid 90s. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer won’t load pages, although perhaps that little detail makes the experience even more realisitic.
Unlike many of today’s apps and programs, it isn’t going to fill up your computer either. The 2018 version of Windows 95 takes up just 129MB of space, and only uses around 200MB of RAM. We know that it might not keep you entertained for very long, but it’s a cool idea and has reminded us of exactly how good we have it when it comes to computers and technology in the present day.