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You Can Now Install Windows 95 as an App

Dave Parrack Updated 06-11-2018

In 1995, the world was a very different place. Very few people had access to the internet, floppy disks were still a thing, and a Steve Jobs-less Apple was struggling When Did Apple Become Popular? A Brief History of the Rise of Apple How did Apple start and when did Apple become popular? We answer these questions and more in a brief history of Apple. Read More . And then Microsoft launched Windows 95, an operating system that changed everything.


Windows 95 was the first desktop operating system many people used. And to that end, and given what had come before, it was a revelation. However, many versions of Windows have come and gone since, so what would it be like to use Windows 95 today?

How to Download Windows 95 as an App

You can now find out for yourself thanks to a Windows 95 app created by Slack developer Felix Rieseberg. This Windows 95 app is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and is, as its billing suggests, Windows 95 in the form of a downloadable app.

As reported by The Verge, Rieseberg’s Windows 95 app is based on an existing web project that lets you use various old operating systems in your web browser. However, there’s something magical about downloading Windows 95 as an electron app.

The app only weighs in at 129MB, and only takes up around 200MB of RAM while running. And yet it lets you run applications such as MS Paint, WordPad, and Minesweeper. Not that your average teenager will be impressed by such basic tools and games.


Download: Windows 95 for Windows, Mac, and Linux

A Slice of History for Nostalgic Nerds

If you’re old enough to have used Windows 95 in the 90s we recommend downloading this app for nostalgic reasons. However, even if you’re part of the smartphone generation, it’s worth taking a look to see how far we’ve come over the past 20-plus years.

We’re guessing that discovering Windows 95 is available as an app has scratched that nostalgic itch. So, with that in mind, you should read about the history of Windows 95 Start Me Up - Windows 95 Turns 20 & Still Rocks 20 years ago the Rolling Stones cranked up "Start Me Up", and Windows 95 was born. We revisit history, discuss why Windows 95 was a big deal, and how it compares to Windows today. Read More , written as it turned 20. Or experience how it felt to work using Windows 95 Experience What Work Felt Like in Windows 95 Want to experience what it was like to work in Windows 95 in a decidedly weird environment? Here's a game that lets you do just that. Read More . Enjoy!

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Related topics: Nostalgia, Windows 95.

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  1. carl
    October 22, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Make it run on the raspberry pi, that would be cool!

  2. Kris
    September 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I downloaded 64 bit rpm for linux. I installed it on Centos 6. It installed without problems. I tried to run it - nothing has happened :(

  3. Daniel D
    September 12, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    My grandchildren love to play the old SIM and flight simulator games on Win95.

  4. SamG
    September 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    What i'd like to know is will this allow W95 games to be installed and played? That's why I taught myself to use and build computers.

  5. Eddie G.
    September 12, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Once again.....quoting "Dr. Ian Malcolm" (a.k.a. Jeff Goldblum) "You were so preoccupied with seeing if you COULD do it, that you never once gave a thought to whether you SHOULD"! Some things?....were meant to remain part of History, only because of the history we've had with it! I wouldn't install this no matter WHAT format / medium someone might figure out to put it on.....USB.....torrent.....ISO.....DVD....sdCard. No.....there's nothing cool about using a system that's as decrepit and creaky as Windows 95.

  6. Mister K
    September 12, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Wonder if they could figure out how to dial a telephone number on a rotary dial?

  7. Nelson Charlemagne
    September 11, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I hope that he does an update so that we can run Windows Millennium Edition on MacOS High Sierra :-)

  8. Johan Boulé
    August 29, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    There is no possible nostalgy with that OS. If you were there back in the days, you'd know that it wasn't as good as many other OSes of the time
    Fake article.

  9. Jim
    August 29, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Why? I had Windows 95 and the best thing I can say about it was I upgraded to Windows 98.

  10. Anwesha
    August 28, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Yesternight my windows was updating but then it said that it couldn't work on updates now and shut down . When I opened it today , it was not detecting any wifi connection. The wifi option was no more available also. I tried network reset but it faced problem saying that windows security service is not turned on . Then I tried turning it up but it said that it couldn't turn up the service . My laptop is not getting connected to internet via wifi nor USB tethering

  11. Chris
    August 27, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Excellent, I hadn't been able to work out how to use Extensions before reading this.

  12. dragonmouth
    August 25, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I still have the original Win 95 CDs. Every once in a while I look at them not so fondly. That is as nostalgic as I want to get about Win 95. I did not switch to Linux to now go back and run any version of Windows, for any reason.

    • Tim Vels
      August 27, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      You can definitely run your cds using virtual box or something. You can still relive those days :)

    • T
      August 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      Nothing makes me appreciate my Linux Mint more than using Windows while resolving whatever the current issue is for those poor sods.