Miss Windows 95? There's an app for that.

Ah, Windows 95: The subject of much nostalgia and a bit of angst (depending on your stance). While we've come a long way since the days of stark gray chrome and wonderfully pixelated icons, there's just something that's still charming about the OS that defined an era for Microsoft. And now you can relive those memories in one of the most absurd ways possible: an app.

Felix Rieseberg, a developer at Slack, built Windows 95 into an Electron app that can run on Windows 10, macOS, and Linux. And as he puts it, "it's a terrible idea that works shockingly well. I'm so sorry."

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So, if you've been aching to return to simpler times when Minesweeper and Solitaire were the distractions du jour, you can download and get started with the project at Rieseberg's GitHub page.

Me? I'll be slacking off the rest of the day with some 3D Pinball Space Cadet.

Download Windows 95 in Electron at GitHub

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

12 Comments
  • hmm.... where's did I put that Rocket League cd.....
  • I remember using a website some time ago that was supposed to be a windows 95 "simulator". Mostly filled with easter eggs and not actual working apps except Windows's ones but it was a realty fun experience. After that I got interested in trying out Windows 95 for VMWare, and now there is an app for that??!! Hell Yeah!
  • when is it coming to Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store?
  • I still have a genuine Windows 95 CD. It came with the very first PC I owned.
  • I'm not so sure about the WHY? But I would love to know the HOW!! ☺
  • It once looked so fresh and neat. Looking at it now feels like looking at Windows 3.1.
  • You're forgiven, Felix. :)
  • I remember installing the beta from a stack of 3.5" floppies.
  • Back when designs were consistent and there was only one settings app. Good times.
  • It's probably not Windows Genuine
  • "Yo, dawg. I heard you like Windows. So we put Windows in your Windows." Thanks Xzibit. Mad Mike did a great job on my Windows!
  • Won the Internet I love this