How to make windows 10 look like windows 95

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2024 by

Windows 10 may be the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft, but for some, the nostalgia of the classic Windows 95 desktop is hard to beat. If you’re one of those people who longs for the simpler days of computing, you’re in luck. With a few simple tweaks, you can make your Windows 10 desktop look and feel like Windows 95.

Start Menu

The first thing you’ll want to change is the start menu. In Windows 95, the start menu was a simple list of programs and settings. To replicate this, right-click on the taskbar and select “Taskbar settings.” Under the “Start” tab, toggle off the “Use Start full screen” option. Then, click on “Choose which folders appear on Start” and toggle off all options except for “Settings” and “File Explorer.”

Desktop Icons

The next step is to change your desktop icons to match the classic Windows 95 look. Right-click on your desktop and select “Personalize.” Under “Themes,” click on “Desktop icon settings.” From here, you can change the icons for “This PC,” “Recycle Bin,” and “Control Panel” to the classic Windows 95 icons. You can find these icons by doing a quick internet search for “Windows 95 icons.”

Wallpaper

No Windows 95 desktop is complete without the iconic wallpaper featuring rolling green hills and a bright blue sky. To set this as your wallpaper, right-click on your desktop and select “Personalize.” Under “Background,” click on the drop-down menu and select “Picture.” Then, click on “Browse” and navigate to the location where you saved the Windows 95 wallpaper. Select it and click “Choose picture.”

Taskbar

To make your taskbar look like the classic Windows 95 taskbar, right-click on the taskbar and select “Taskbar settings.” Under “Taskbar,” toggle off the “Use small taskbar buttons” option. Then, click on “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” and toggle off all options except for “Task View,” “Search,” and “Cortana.”

File Explorer

To make your file explorer look like the classic Windows 95 version, open File Explorer and click on the “View” tab. Under “Layout,” select “Details.” Then, click on the “Options” button and under the “View” tab, select “Apply to Folders.” This will make all of your folders have the classic Windows 95 look.

Final Touches

To complete the transformation, you can change your mouse cursor to the classic Windows 95 cursor by going to “Mouse” settings in the control panel and selecting the “Pointers” tab. You can also change your system font to “MS Sans Serif” and your window color to “Windows Classic” under “Personalization” settings.

With these simple tweaks, you can relive the nostalgia of Windows 95 while still enjoying the modern features of Windows 10. Have fun customizing your desktop and let us know in the comments if you have any other tips for making Windows 10 look like Windows 95.

Gulrukh Ch

About the Author: Gulrukh Ch

Gulrukh Chaudhary, an accomplished digital marketer and technology writer with a passion for exploring the frontiers of innovation. Armed with a Master's degree in Information Technology, Gulrukh seamlessly blends her technical prowess with her creative flair, resulting in captivating insights into the world of emerging technologies. Discover more about her on her LinkedIn profile.

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