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Want to dive into the past? You can now run Windows 95 with…

Who doesn’t remember the launch of Windows 95? On stage, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer danced more or less casually to the tune of “Start me up” by the Rolling Stones. An incredible moment for those who are nostalgic for the brand, always attentive to projects, especially graphics that allow them to experience this atmosphere. But now you can do it completely and without virtualization, thanks to an application developed by Felix Riseberg that will allow you to play Solitaire, Doom or use the old version of Paint on your PC, Windows, Mac or Linux. The aptly named windows95 app was developed with Electron, an open source platform managed and hosted on GitHub, and it works incredibly easy. All you have to do is:

– Go to the project page, obviously on GitHub
– Scroll down to the Downloads section.
– Click on your operating system to download the application (Installation package and standalone application available for Windows)
– Launch the app and listen to the startup sound
– At this point, you can search for the operating system of your choice.

The menu bar offers several exit and restore commands in case something goes wrong, and you can always bring the cursor back to your system by pressing the Esc key. You can play Solitaire or Minesweeper and even Doom or other DOS games, but Risberg warns you’re better off using them with an emulator. In any case, if you really want to make the most of it, just change the resolution to 640×480 and 256 colors.

The app works incredibly well, with all the limitations of a JavaScript app. Apparently, Risberg, while repeating that this should be a native Windows app, claims he has nothing to do with Microsoft and that the hobby project was not approved by the company. But be that as it may, none of us will ask permission for a few minutes of nostalgia, and above all, we are grateful to the developer for giving us Windows 95, and not Windows 98 with its annoying blue screen of death!

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