19 year old Scottish developer gets Windows 95 running in a web browser

Arif Bacchus


Back in January we wrote a piece about Windows 95 running on a Nintendo 3Ds, but today we’ve just discovered you can now run Windows 95 straight from a web browser. This amazing feat of technology is thanks to Andrea Faulds, a 19 year old developer from Scotland. Using no downloads, no special software, or no plugins, Andrea managed to get Windows 95 running in a web browser using emscriptem, a emulator that converts C++ code to JavaScript in real time.

The emulator takes about a minute to load, but once it gets up and running it works very well. Functions of Windows 95 such as the classic games Solitaire and Minesweeper all work well in the emulator. We cannot however, get the emulator’s version of Internet Explorer to work.  Nonetheless, the emulator is worth checking out for it’s historical value.

If you want to run Windows 95 right in your web browser, you can click the link here to check it out.

Windows 95 was a consumer operating system released by Microsoft on August 24, 1995. It’s greatest improvement of it’s predecessor, Windows 3.1, was the graphical user interface, and plug and play technology. These features of Windows 95 are features we continue to see in Windows today.