Windows 95 Running On An N95


We’ve had this same hack submitted by two people, pointing to two different(translated) sources(translated) today. It seems with a recent version of dos box, you can load windows 3.1 or windows 95 on N95 or N85 devices. They’re both in polish, so they may be the same people posting in different places.  If you can follow along, there seems to be sufficient information to do this yourself. We don’t know why you would want to, but you could. You can see a video of it in action after the break.


[thanks Eddie and ft]

43 thoughts on “Windows 95 Running On An N95

  1. I’m totally trying this on my N95-3 when I get home :D

    I wonder if this will pave the way to installing other types of OSes on it, like a full copy of linux, or maybe Win2k or XP? Probably not enough power to drive XP, scratch that…

    Anyhow, looks great! I’d rather have 98SE though!

  2. so how well does it play crysis?

    on a realistic note, I wonder how it would compare to my pentium 1 machine w/ 64megs of ram, it definately booted faster.

    windows 95 on an n95, windows 95 on a psp, vista on a ps3…is there an architecture windows hasn’t been run on?

  3. Um yeah, I’m going to call shenanigans on that. Look at the 4th and 5th picture. That installer screen wasn’t introduced until windows 2000. You would not see those screen in a win95 install. Also look at the last few pictures, notice how they all zoom in on just the screen so you can see the phone any more. It’s a total fake.

  4. @aaron

    I have never installed W2K, but Have Win 3.1 many, many times. Maybe you could devote some effort to reading the screen-shot text before calling shennanigans? It clearly states Windows 3.1.


  5. @_matt

    I can think of one architecture off the top of my head that I’ve never seen windows run on (without some type of virtual machine)…

    check the video… it shows win95

  6. So, what’s its use? Right now it’s being run through DOSBox which is awfully slow for this task, and it’s an EMULATOR. Basically Windows doesn’t “run on Symbian”, it runs under an emulator that runs on Symbian. Plus the n95’s screen is too small even for the VGA resolution.

    When we’ll get to virtualization on smartphones, well, that will be something.

  7. *cries* palmdosbox(NOT the official version, a private release from the same guy who made zdoomz and LJP, for more infi) crashes my palm centro when attempting to load windows 1.0 2.0 3.11 and 95
    if i can get any of them working, expect a HAD submission on the flip side, palmdosbox(atleast the unofficial copy) works pretty good on most things, hm, would anyone be interested if i wrote a post for HAD for palm cellphone users? i got a 690(aka centro) a few weeks ago, already it can play snes games and run opera mini(obviously 2 things it cant do out of the box, opera mini isnt exactly compatable out of the box either), for the record although i wont say this in the official post, 4shared contains MANY patched prc files

    i found this on many websites and i dont understand
    whats “big” in this,i got win 3.11 on my psp,motorola e2, toshiba g900 and i dont see anthing amazing in this

  9. course starcraft works on 95, when it was released 98 wasn’t out yet. but since dosbox has no video driver for windows (nor should it), you’re stuck with the standard vga driver, so you have no hardware acceleration, not even basic 2d.

    you will have a very very slow starcraft.

  10. i tried it on my n79 it works but its really slow
    the only problem is that when i plug it to the tv it shows it as if i was holding the phone in a normal typing way but it was still sideways so when i turn the phone it stretches and gets all messed up :P
    so it works but its pixely…

  11. Can someone help me to get my dosbox? I´ve got n95 but dosbox won´t open. The phone screen just turns gray and nothing happens. What is the problem? Dosbox should work on n95, shouldn´t it?

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