Windows 95 Releases as A Downloadable App for Windows, Linux, and MacOS

By Nitish Singh / August 24, 2018

Slack developer Felix Rieseberg has managed to port Windows 95 as an executable app for multiple operating systems. The development of the app is a part of an existing web project which seeks to bring older operating systems as apps to modern-day versions of Windows, Linux, and MacOS.

The source code of the Windows 95 app is available on GitHub for download. Most of the apps run perfectly as you would expect on the full-blown OS. Wordpad, MS Paint, Minesweeper work normally even on modern hardware thanks to updated compatibility. However, Internet Explorer is not functional, and pages don’t load up. The Virtual x86 project has been in the making for a long time, but most of the available vintage OS offerings are available through web browsers only. Rieseberg started working on the new executable version of Windows 95 fairly recently, and thousands of users have already tried the app out.

The download size is only 129 MB, and users can download it directly from the GitHub page for Windows and macOS. The app is not very hardware intensive and takes up only 200 MB of RAM even when firing up all of the available apps and games. If you run into crashes, you can reset the app, and it will close all running apps and refresh the UI.

The app is not meant to serve as a replacement OS. The Windows 95 project is simply a means of trying out the extremely popular OS from Microsoft for nostalgic reasons. Windows 95 shaped how every modern day OS is designed and was one of the first OS to implement proper multitasking using a modern graphical UI.

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