So tired of the Win8 is bigger/just like Windows 95
talk from Microsoft.
Windows 8 is the anti-95.
Win32 programs didn't gave you the feeling that something is amiss compared to Win 3.1 applications. (with Metro you have this feeling constantly). Even the first generation Win95 programs
at launch felt more capable than their 3.1 precursors (Corel Draw 6, Office 95). Notro provides the complete opposite feeling.
Windows 95 came with winfile.exe and progman.exe (the win 3.1 GUI), and you were able to boot directly into it without even seeing 95's explorer.exe at all ("shell=progman.exe" in system.ini). (works in win 98 too) There was even an official option
at the Windows 95 setup for that if you upgraded from Win3.1.
You also were able to directly boot into DOS with ease (just set bootgui=0 in msdos.sys, that also worked in Win 98)
Windows 95 is the anti-thesis to Windows 8. The philosphies were completely different. The team had enough courage to provide all these options because it truly seemed as if they were proud and confident about the system to stand on its own. Windows 8 on the
other hand comes across as coward's darling - "the users are too stupid to appreciate our beautiful hippster GUI, let's cripple the desktop as much as we can to force them to this". Windows 95 didn't need any crippling, users chosed explorer.exe because it
was better, and they had the ability to use the old GUI without compromise
If they wished to do so.
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