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You can now relive the glory days of Windows 95 with this emulator

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The grey-scale boxes.

The pixelated icons.

The glorious sound effects.

Paint.

They're all still here, lovingly preserved by Andrea Faulds' Windows 95 emulator project.

A student at the University of Aberdeen, Faulds has constructed a sophisticated replication of Microsoft's hugely successful Windows 95 operating system for the sake of "nostalgia" and "fun". 

"My dad stubbornly refused to upgrade to Windows XP for quite a long time, so the family computer kept running Windows 98SE," Faulds writes.

"While Microsoft no longer sell Windows 95 as a retail product, nor do they still sell licenses or support for it (which ended on December 31, 2001), it is still very much protected by copyright law, I would argue that this might (and that is quite tenuous) be protected under United States fair use and United Kingdom fair dealing provisions, given that this is a non-commercial use for the purposes of research and education."

Her website has since been downed by the weight of traffic, so you may struggle to access her brilliant build. As an alternative, you can find some other fine emulators here.

Here's hoping Microsoft's lawyers don't step in to end the trip down memory lane any time soon.

(Images: Shutterstock, angelcalzado)

[Via: Tech Republic]

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