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Now you can run Windows 95 inside a browser window

Now you can run Windows 95 inside a browser window

Windows 95 will always be remembered as a huge turning point in the history of computer operating systems. It was a massive change from previous versions of Windows. It established the general user interface Microsoft would use for 20 years (with the exception of Windows 8), introduced Internet Explorer, shoved DOS into the background and much more.

A lot of people wax nostalgic for the good old days of Windows 95, but do you really remember what it was like to use? Thankfully, you don't have to go hunt down your old disk and partition your computer's hard drive to find out.

A 19-year-old Scottish developer by the name of Andrea Faulds has managed to get Windows 95 to run in a browser thanks to DOSBox and an emulator called emscripten. It takes a little while to boot up (just like the real Windows 95), but it's well worth it.

You can enjoy the teal-ish background, original Windows Recycle Bin icon, Outlook Express and everything else you remembered. It's also a good reminder that despite Windows' ups and downs over the years, it really is much better than it used to be.

Note: When you visit the site, you'll get a message saying that you might be violating copyright law and to proceed at your own risk. Technically, Windows 95 is still licensed software and only meant to run on a single computer. You'll need to accept that you're running it at your own risk.

Give Windows 95 a try in your browser. Note that we had some trouble getting it to boot fully in Firefox, so you might need to use Chrome. It's also very popular right now, so it might not load the first time you try it. Wait a bit and try it again.

Finally, once it loaded it was occasionally unstable so we had to restart a few the emulator a few times. In other words, it really is the full Windows 95 experience.

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