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Developer releases Windows 95 in Electron on GitHub

over 3 years ago by IanDorfman

Computer users nostalgic for the 90s will be happy to hear that they can download and run a brand new port of a classic Microsoft operating system from GitHub.

Slack developer Felix Rieseberg posted a port of Windows 95 running in Small Electron iconElectron on GitHub. It is compatible on machines running Small Windows 10 iconWindows 10, Small macOS iconmacOS, and Small Linux kernel iconLinux kernel operating systems.

This Electron version of Windows 95 is possible due in large part to v86, an open-source virtualization of of x86 CPUs made in JavaScript. Rieseberg states on the project's GitHub page that the release "only works well by accident and was mostly a joke," stating that the quality of the app's code is structured "accordingly."

According to Tom Warren at The Verge, apps such as the classic Small Microsoft Minesweeper iconMicrosoft Minesweeper, Small Microsoft Paint iconMicrosoft Paint, and Small WordPad iconWordPad all run properly within this Electron version of the classic operating system.

And yes, it runs DOOM.

Additional coverage:
The Verge


  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

Windows 95 in Electron. Runs on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

Does it work?
Yes! Quite well, actually.

Should this have been a native app?

Does it run Doom (or my other favorite game)?

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