Ever thought about going back to the basics in terms of operating system? Yes, Windows 10 is still enticing, free, powerful and fancy, but there are still some things that Microsoft’s shiny new OS can’t bring back. Take a trip back in time and relieve the 90s with Windows 3.1.
You are probably asking yourself if there’s even a way you could install the first variant of Windows on a modern computer. Technically, that isn’t possible anymore, due to the fact that computers are way ahead of MS-DOS. But, don’t give up on your hope of reliving your childhood, because the even popular Internet Archive has a surprise in store for you.
A couple of weeks ago, Archive.org announced that it has officially opened a museum of past curiosities, more specifically the museum of old computer viruses. The feat was possible thanks to a security expert who managed to strip all the malware code away from the viruses, leaving behind only the funny messages. The library of computer viruses can be accessed by typing in the museum of malware. The page uses an integrated DosBox emulator in order to display the malware content.
The same thing applies to Windows 3.1. A programmer, by the name of Boris Gjenoro who used a variant of DosBox emulator called EM-DosBox. Basically, the software is capable of translating the elements found in Windows Runtime into Java code, which, in turn, can be recognized by your browser.
So, yes, basically you can run the first version of Windows 3.0 from your favorite browser. And that’s not all. Along with the popular Windows comes an impressive collection of games and applications. Over the years, the programmers assigned to this project managed to amass no less than 1000 games, application, videos and even text.
Relive the 90s with Windows 3.1, Microsoft’s first truly visual operating system. The OS was launched in 1992, but it lost all appeal when Microsoft decided to bring Windows 95 along for the ride. Historically speaking, the OS was supported by Microsoft until 2001.
Still, there are still quite a lot of computers out there who run this OS, especially those found in an airport. Although the OS feels and looks like something coming out of a medieval fairytale, the truth is that it capable of performing a simple task and it uses very little resources.
These being said, we now invite you to take a stroll down memory’s lane and visit the site. Also, here’s a little incentive for you: if you’ve thought that you can only run the OS using a browser, then guess again. There are a couple of users who reported that they were successful in actually installing Windows 3.1 on their computers.