Microsoft’s classic operating system turns 20 today. To celebrate, a nostalgic trip back to the ’90s via some deeply weird videos.
It might be news to many of today’s selfie-snapping, hashtag-happy millennials, but Windows 95 was a huge deal. I’ll never forget the day my dad came home from CompUSA with that blue, cloud-covered box and we cracked open the CD-ROM for the first time. The installation felt like it took took all night, but once the disc drive stopped whirring, we were in. This totally new interface—it introduced radical new concepts like the Windows “Start” menu and the taskbar—would be our gateway to so many new and wonderful computer things. It even came with a full-length AVI file of Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” music video, for some reason.