See how the once groundbreaking operating system works on a state-of-the-art watch
It is hard to believe that Windows 95 is nearly 21 years old. Back then, we bought our music on CDs and tapes at Our Price or John Menzies. There were no pay-as-you-go mobile phones, so we used pagers or queued at telephone boxes. Furthermore, operating systems were only available in diskette and CD-ROM forms.
Windows 95 came with thirteen 3.5 inch floppy disks, or as a CD-ROM. In computer shops all over the world, its reception was nothing short of unbelievable. With a minimum requirement of 4MB RAM and a recommended hard drive space of 50MB, it seems trifling in today’s terms.
Yet in 1995, it was fairly hefty. As proof of how we’ve moved on, the Brooklyn NY-based design and development studio, Tendigi, have installed Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. With the Apple Watch boasting 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, it (on paper), is more than a match for Microsoft’s recommended specifications.
Video Footage: Windows 95 on an Apple Watch
On loading the operating system onto Apple’s internet-enabled watch, the process was much slower than envisaged. Even with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. From switching on, to the first sighting of the Windows 95 desktop, the process takes an hour to complete. On a fresh Packard Bell or Acer PC of the day, a start-up procedure would have taken up to five minutes.
Within the video, we see a session in progress, as well as its start-up procedure. As Windows 95 takes an hour to load on the Apple Watch (four times longer than Manic Miner on the Commodore 64!), the video clip has been speeded up.
If you fancy the idea of loading Windows onto an Apple device, we recommend using Boot Camp on an iMac or a Macbook. Alternatively, you could download free or paid-for virtualisation software like Virtual Box and Parallels. Then find a copy of Windows 95 and… reenact the Blur v. Oasis battle on your CD player.
Do you have the time? Here’s a spoof advertisement for the use of Windows 95 on an Apple Watch.