May 14th, 2010 publishUpdated   Sep 10th, 2021, 4:51 pm

Oh boy, I feel like a little child again, Dad just brought home our first Windows PC and finished setting it up. Hello age of technology and wonderment! Now reword that sentence replacing “little child” with “grown man,” “Dad” with “Shawn McHenry,” “first Windows PC” with “first iteration of Windows 3.1 running on Android,” and “Hello age of technology and wonderment” with “completely useless, but really damn cool.” That last little bit is actually McHenry’s own description of his port of Windows 3.1 to Android.


Using the DOSBox emulator, McHenry was able to bring the once-cutting-edge-but-now-completely-obsolete OS straight to the Android platform. He did it just for kicks, seeing no utility in it other than to prove the point. He got Windows 3.1 up and running on his Droid, completely gimping the device back to the early 90s. Talk about apps!

The port doesn’t exactly play pretty, but if you want to give it a shot, you can follow Shawn’s directions on his blog.