MacBooks (along with Windows and Linux PCs) can now get a new operating system, but it’s probably not what you expected – Windows 95 has just been resurrected in the form of a new application.
The application has been improved so that Windows 95 runs and looks better on the hardware range. There’s an ARM version available too, which could lead to an interesting situation where Windows 95 runs better on ARM hardware than Windows 10 or 11…maybe.
Analysis: Should you take a step back in time?
While it’s unlikely that many people would really want to ditch a modern operating system like the upcoming macOS Ventura for an older operating system like Windows 95, for those of us old enough to remember the original release, Rieseberg’s app offers us a relatively easy to satisfy our nostalgia for archaic software.
For many people, myself included, Windows 95 was a landmark release, and the fact that many of the new features it brought in after Windows 3.1, such as the taskbar and Start menu, can still be found in Windows 11 almost 30 years later is a testament to how influential it was.
I will always fondly think of Windows 95 as my first real PC (rather than one that my parents owned), so I associate the operating system with an exciting time in my life when I was discovering what PCs could do. This coincided with experiencing a golden age of PC gaming such as Transport Tycoon, Theme Park, Theme Hospital, Doom II, Quake, Command and Conquer and more – not to mention iconic games that came pre-installed like Ski Free. and Solitaire.
So I will definitely try this. Since it’s an app, it’s very easy to install and you’re running it on your current OS, so you don’t have to mess around with dual-boot OSes. Linux support also means I can run Windows 95 on my Steam Deck. What a time to be alive.