Check out Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch (VIDEO)

Check out Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch (VIDEO)
Some people just have too much time on their hands. Take Nick Lee, for instance. He was able to load Windows 95 on an Apple Watch and get the classic OS to run on the wearable. The UI is way too small to be useful, but the touchscreen allows the user to open apps. We wouldn't call it responsive, and it takes about an hour for Windows 95 to load. To prevent the slow response times from continuously turning off the screen, Lee added a motor that keeps touching the crown so that the screen doesn't turn off.

To load Windows 95 on the Apple Watch, Lee used a WatchKit app that he was able to revise allowing him to install the Bochs x86 emulator. If you want to want to follow in his footsteps, Lee posted whatever code he could on GitHub, and you can check it out by clicking on the sourcelink.

In the meantime, if you want to see what Windows 95 looks like on the Apple Watch, click on the video below. We should warn you that in some respects, this is like watching paint dry.

And once again we are reminded of the words said by Jeff Goldblum's character, Dr. Ian Malcolm, in Jurrasic Park. "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

source: GitHub, NickLee via Engadget



1. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

The "it still sucks" squad is coming

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It does suck. It's running horrendously slow, and why is there a motor attached to the wheel of the watch. Is it that slow that he can't wait, or maybe it times out because it's so slow. BTW, Android Wear had Windows 95 running back October 2014. Since then they have quad core Android Wear processors now. Also Android Wear is running circles around the Apple watch. Check it out.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Also Android Wear is still buggy and feels like it's still in beta. Are you jealous for some reason because someone was able to load Windows onto the Apple Watch?

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Far from jealous. Did you see how slow the Apple watch is? Also the Apple watch is very restrictive for development compared to Android Wear. You can't develop a native app to communicate with other devices directly using wifi or Bluetooth. Android Wear you can. Also you can make an implement your own watch faces on Android Wear, you can't with Apples watch. If anything I feel sorry for the people who paid full price for the buggy slow Apple watch. Even Apple cut $200 off their stainless steel watch for a little while. Clearly you never watched both videos. Android Wear is from buggy especially since it's 2 years old now with second generation and some third gen as well. It's already had 7 software updates.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He's jealous because Windows 95 ran better on Android Wear hardware than it did on the Apple Watch. It was actually usable other than it kept running out of RAM on the Android Wear hardware. I am surprise Windows even had a driver that ran the display and the touch Sensor. I wonder how they got a driver for that for such an old OS. Also, why does the fool think we have to be jealous of anything. After all, most times Android does everything FIRST?

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

jealous of what? android wear also can run win95. winXP. windows version of counter strike 1.6, half life, and even fallout1..

15. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You mad bro?

17. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Someone did this on Android Wear two years ago. He also got a Mac emulator running much faster on an older watch. So, yes, Apple Watch still sucks and this is from someone who has owned Apple since the 80s. vMac on Android Wear (fast) vMac on Apple Watch (molasses)

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What you have to say about this Mxy? *****CRICKETS*****

2. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Well I hope he knows how to undo that...

20. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Easy. It's running in emulator, so he only has to close the app or restart the watch

3. Shocky unregistered

More random Apple stories.

4. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

At least someone found a use for the apple watch. Kudos to Lee for his spirit to make use of his watch for something...

5. benoita74

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 20, 2015

Is it normal it is THAT slow considering the processors in the 1990s computers relatively to the processor of the apple watch ?

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple must be using a MCU instead of a CPU it's so slow.

21. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Probably not, the emulator is not a tad bit optimized. The Apple Watch has a decent SoC, which according to Apple, matches the iPhone 4s, considering Apple may exaggerate, it still should be better than iPhone 4 SoC, which still beats all 1990-2000 processor with ease. So I would say it's more of a optimization action issue because Apple is not open source

11. NicAngel unregistered

English please.

12. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

10. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

"Some people just have too much time on their hands." Lol. Watch puns.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meanwhile android watch can flawlessly run windows version of counter strike 1.6, half life, and even fallout1 source: google can help that

16. bm985

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

Well done

18. robertdenaro116

Posts: 65; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

Maybe it’s Windows 95 RT

19. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015


22. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Big thing, my Nokia 5630XM Symbian got to run Windows 98.

23. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015


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