Back to the days when Minesweeper distracted us from work
Once upon a time, back when we only had 100 television channels (or four even), Microsoft Windows used to take up a single disc. Windows 98 took up a single CD-ROM. The original Windows, from late 1985, would have filled a 3.5” or 5.25” floppy disc.
Today, it is possible to re-live the likes of Windows 98 and Windows 1.0. This time, there is no need for floppy discs. All you need is a web browser and a fast broadband connection. Through Virtual x86, you can also play about with Linux distros. Not only from a selection but also from external discs. If for example, you have your own copy of Windows 3.1 or another Linux distro, you can use Virtual x86 to mount the discs.
…Like It’s 1999: A look at Windows 98
Memories: the completion of a successful game of Solitaire on Windows 98.
With Windows up to its tenth edition, Windows 98 seems to be aeons away. As of now, Arsenal F.C. were pushing for the English Premier League title. Topping the singles chart that year was Boyzone’s No Matter What. After a hiatus from television work, Chris Tarrant bounced back with the quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? As for the internet, 56k dial-up was pretty fast back then.
Distracting us from the mundane was Minesweeper and Solitaire, plus the odd daft email. It is hard to believe how such simple pleasures entertained us in the pre-social media age.
Acceptable in the mid-1980s: Windows 1.0
Modest Beginnings: a Windows 1.0 screenshot.
If the difference in aesthetics between Windows 10 and Windows 98 are stark, see how far we have gone compared with the first version of Windows. Released in late 1985, it owes its existence to the Xerox PARC’s and Apple Macintosh’s graphical user interfaces. The features of Windows 1.0 are sparse compared with basic mobile phones, let alone state-of-the-art smartphones and PCs.
Back when Windows 1.0 was released, there was also similar versions for home computers like TOS on the Atari ST and the original version of Workbench on the Amiga 1000. On the telly, we chortled our way through Duty Free and The Power of Love was a Number One chart single for Jennifer Rush.
But Wait… There’s More
Windows 98 and Window 1.0 aren’t the only operating systems you can enjoy online. You can also play about with TOS (Atari ST), Workbench 1.3 (Amiga), and Windows 95.