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Chinese Hacker Installs Windows 95 on iPhone 6 Plus

We’ve seen Windows 95 on a smartwatch, now check it out on the iPhone 6 Plus.

A Chinese developer going by the handle xyq058775 is saying that he has installed Windows 95 on a brand new iPhone 6. Using an emulator called iDos, the hacker was able to get most of it working fine. He reports that (for obvious reasons) he wasn’t able to upgrade to Windows XP, but he was able to upgrade to Windows 98.

To be honest, there is little that is new about this; people have been using emulators to run all sorts of apps on all sorts of hardware, and in fact this isn’t even the first time that Windows 95 was installed on an iPhone (see the end of the post for a video).

Nevertheless, it’s still nifty to see zombie software run so readily on new hardware. While I can’t imagine a real world use case for this (maybe you really need to run a copy of Simtower?), it’s a fun theoretical exercise.

Here’s part of his FAQ, as translated by Google:

?1.Q: Can I install WINDOWS XP? A: The answer is yes you can, but certainly not by idos, because idos simply simulate the DOS environment is not the true sense of the virtual machine, so the system is more difficult to run the DOS and idos simulation environment and do not have XP running basic environmental needs, so later if transplanted XP system, then I will make use of their leisure time with friends ios platform to write a plug-in to run XP virtual machine system.

2.Q: Why are you doing this? Why not use Remote Desktop. A: First, to show that this kind of thing tall Remote Desktop is currently no support on win98 systems, not to use during system installation and tool methods have sent me here.

3.Q: Why is the process I installed the explorer process wrong? A: Because idos simulator only simulates the 16’s dos environment, although win98 16/32 hybrid system but Explorer and exe process large part needed is a 32-bit environment, so when they need 32 program calls some system environment variables and support libraries when an error occurs, LZ modify some of the resource is designed to allow him to run in idos environmental good, However, this modification will change the part of the machine, which has led some device errors when using LZ modify the good image. After LZ according to everyone’s feedback slowly improve!


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Jessica November 11, 2014 um 9:38 am

Wow. It runs a lot smoother than when I tried loading it on my iPhone 4 a few years ago. Bet it’s nicer on the new 6 and 6+.

Greg Strandberg November 11, 2014 um 12:36 pm

Limiting my choice to Windows 8 or whatever newfangled thing is out next cries out against my sense of consumer freedom. Give me what I want, please – it’s what I pay you for.

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