White Microsoft has recently announced a final date for launching a major update to their flagship software products – Windows 11, we are going to talk about very very old versions of Windows. The reason is very simple, some of us grew up in the 90s and learned using computers with the bulky desktops running on Windows 95 or Windows 98. No new version of Windows can ever be so endearing to old timers as the good old Windows 95 that came with Internet Explorer 4.
Now for the purely nostalgic reasons arising from the ever changing user interface of modern Windows, we can use an open-source tool called RetroBar. This freeware tool can transform your Windows taskbar into the old classic taskbar of Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me or XP.
It is a portable program and all it does is superimpose itself over the modern taskbar. It works very well in Windows 10 too. After you launch it, you will find the old Windows 95 taskbar on your desktop. It works just like before but everything else stays modern. For example, you can right-click on the retro taskbar and choose to open “Task Manager” but it will launch the modern Windows task manager.
In the settings of RetroBar, you can choose a theme to be used from Windows 95/98, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium, Windows XP Blue or Windows XP Classic. We can also choose whether we want to display system clock or the quick launch folder. The quick launch folder has to be manually selected before it is displayed.
Whenever you want to return back to the modern Windows 10 taskbar, you can right-click on the RetroBar and choose Exit. This will close the old taskbar instantly. After this, your modern Windows 10 taskbar will reappear like before.
RetroBar catapults you back into late 1990s in a second. Some of you may have fond memories of those times, and RetroBar can rekindle those feelings once again.
You can download RetroBar from https://github.com/dremin/RetroBar.