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The Windows 95 app that first surfaced last year has been given a major upgrade by its maker, developer Felix Rieseberg.  

Version 1 hit GitHub in August 2018, offering fans of Microsoft's ancient OS a chance to step back into the 1990s with Windows 95 versions of WordPad, MS Paint, and Minesweeper. But there were some limitations to the first release, such as its inability to run Internet Explorer. 

This new release of old Windows 95 now comes pre-installed with a web browser, not Microsoft's Internet Explorer, but Netscape 2.0, which appropriately came out in 1995. 

But that's not all. This build also brings support for sound, so all the familiar Windows 95 sound effects can be heard. It also has several pre-installed games and apps and around 500MB of free space in virtual disk. Rieseberg also added 'Reset', a machine button, and better support for High-DPI devices.  

Rieseberg's Windows 95 is in fact an Electron app, a popular cross-platform development framework that uses web technologies.

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The app also includes Microsoft FrontPage, FrontPage Server, while on the games front, there's Doom, Wolfenstein3D, A10 Tank Killer, and Grand Prix Circuit. 

Due to the all these pre-installed goodies, the file is a little larger than the 130MB file in the first version, but it's still just 300MB in size. 

Files for the Windows 95 app are available on GitHub for Linux, Mac and Windows.     

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The new release of old Windows 95 now comes Netscape 2.0 pre-installed.

Image: Felix Rieseberg/GitHub

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