At last an Apple product successfully booted a Windows OS. Yes, developer Nick Lee managed to install classic OS Windows 95 on an advanced and compact Apple Watch. Nick Lee, Partner & CTO at TENDIGI, has also demonstrated the whole process, step by step, in a video.
Windows 95 On Apple Watch
This is not the first time we are hearing that someone installed Windows 95 on a strange device.Last year Nintendo 3DS XL managed to run Windows 95 and now Apple Watch.
Nick Lee in its YouTube video neatly described how he successfully installed 20-year-old Windows 95 on a 1.7-inch screen Apple Watch.
It’s certainly not fast — it takes around an hour to boot the emulated OS that’s been shoved inside a WatchKit app. And also need some way of keeping the screen awake during the booting process. Li glued a motor to a small prodding device to ensure it didn’t nap.
Since Windows 95 not built for touch input, a little code-wrangling is also required. Li says that it’s possible to patch some files within a WatchKit app in order to load your own app code.
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This isn’t the first time Lee has been installed an old operating system on a watch. Previously he made Apple Watch to run Mac OS 7.5.5. That time his technique was a bit different. To get System 7 on his Watch, Lee ported over the Gryphel Project’s Mini vMac emulator.