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You can now run Windows 95 in your web browser

by Killian Bell | January 31, 2016January 31, 2016 1:00 pm PDT


Windows 95 just won’t die. The older it gets, the more versatile it becomes. We’ve seen it running on smartwatches, tablets, and handheld consoles — and now you can run it right inside your web browser in an instant.

Andrea Faulds, a 19-year-old developer from Scotland, has been able to get Windows 95 running in almost any web browser using emscripten, an emulator that converts C++ code to JavaScript in real-time. It requires no downloads, plugins, or any special software.

The emulator takes a minute to load up, but once you’re inside it, it’s surprisingly snappy. It provides you with a full Windows 95 operating system and everything you’d expect to get with it — including classic games like Solitaire and Minesweeper — and it runs incredibly well.

You’ll notice a few hiccups here and there (Internet Explorer crashes, though we can’t tell if that’s the emulator or just Internet Explorer), but it’s worth checking out just for the nostalgic value. I can’t stop playing around with it!

To access Windows 95 in your web browser, just follow the source link below.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...