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Aug 25, 2015
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20 years ago today, Windows 95 was officially released.

The now-obsolete operating system helped pave the way for more users to be more acquainted with computers in an era when concepts like Wi-Fi, 4G, and superphones seemed more fictional than real.

To commemorate Windows 95's birthday, its mother ship, Microsoft, is offering this song by The Rolling Stones for free:


Video via The Rolling Stones

"Start Me Up" functioned as Windows 95's theme song during its massive launch, and you can now DL a copy of it via the Windows Store until midnight at zero cost.

As for us, we'd like to celebrate this event by looking back at the times we thought it was the coolest thing ever. Read on for Windows 95 memories '90s geek can relate to!


THAT STARTUP SOUND


Video via Ballyweg

This classic tune acted as a melodic signal that we're about to embark on a journey dominated by pixelated icons and old school graphics with the help of the then-almost futuristic thing called the computer mouse. Hear and shiver.


THAT DIAL-UP MADNESS


Video via willterminus

Sure, it will remind you of EDSA traffic during rush hour, but dial-up Internet had its memorable moments, like the weird sound it made when connecting to the web. A lot of '90s geeks first heard this on their Windows 95 desktop, a nostalgic tidbit we're sure they'll remember even when they're old and gray.


THAT PAINT JOB


Video via gabelossus

Windows 95 came with a built-in version of Microsoft Paint a.k.a. the tool of choice for the feelingerong budding graphic artists back then. We spent hours and hours on it back in the day just doodling away, salivating at our so-called "artsy" creations. Heck we even printed them out and showed them off to our pals! Cringe-worthy now, we know, but the feeling we had when creating digital artworks as kids is nothing short of nostalgia-inducing.


THOSE PIXELATED
VISUALS

windows 95Image via Toastytech.com

With resolutions that make 800x600 look captivating, Windows 95 won't be remembered as a beacon of visual excellence. Still, its pixelated icons, boxy layout, and dull green-blue-gray color scheme were good enough for us to have a geek-gasm whenever we switched on our CRT monitors back then. Hey, our tastes haven't evolved yet!


THOSE '90S GAMES

windows 95Image via Ocremix.org

Forget about Word files and spreadsheets; gaming is where it's at! Windows 95 gave a boost to PC gaming with old school gems like Disasteroid and Duke Nukem 3D. For many of us, the operating system was our first foray into a land of gaming with more than two dimentions. Sigh, the sound of the CD-ROM's whirr will always be in our hearts...

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