Windows 3.0-style file manager lets you navigate like it’s the 90s

Microsoft today has released the source code for the Windows 3 style file manager to bring back nostalgia for old is gold users. It’s the same file explorer used in 90’s era when Graphical User Interface was just introduced and was super new.

The release works on all version of Windows including the latest Windows 10 as well. File Manager was available on Microsoft computers from 1990 through 1999. Though it was replaced as the primary navigational interface by Explorer from Windows 95 onward.

It was the operating system’s first flagship graphical user interface to replace the MS-DOS command line, meaning it was likely the introduction to GUI’s for many early 90s kids. If you were one and want to run it on your bleeding-edge 21st-century machine for nostalgia’s sake, head over to Github where it’s available for free on an MIT license. If that’s too onerous, well, there’s always the litany of Windows 3.0 programs that the Internet Archive uploaded to run in your browser.

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