from the past, to the present, for the future

WinWorld is an online museum dedicated to the preservation and sharing of abandonware and pre-release software, as well as any and all knowledge associated with such works. We offer information, media and downloads for a wide variety of computers and operating systems. Our collection includes abandonware operating systems (like Windows 3.1 or 95), beta operating systems (like Chicago, Whistler, and Longhorn), abandonware applications (like AfterDark, the epic screensaver software we all grew up with) and more.

We offer all of our content free of charge to any interested party. Whether you're doing looking to go down memory lane and re-visit Windows 3.1, do some research on computing history, or repurpose an old system that can't run the latest and greatest, WinWorld is here to help by providing unrestricted access to our entire library at no charge. We do not accept donations, just download and enjoy. If you're interested in learning more about the history of WinWorld and our community, check out our About page.

For news, support and discussion visit WinBoards. No registration is required to post, so why not drop in and say hi?

NO! No Windows XP!

In order for a piece of software to be abandonware, it must, as a general guideline:

  • Be over 7 years old.
  • Be out of support by the manufacturer.
  • Be mostly out of use by the general populace (abandoned)

The Windows XP marketshare as of June 2014 is ~25%. This is higher than Windows Vista, 8 and 8.1 combined. As a result, we are not offering Windows XP downloads. Please do not ask.

Latest Announcements

New WinWorld

Posted by: stitch

I'm proud to announce our new site which has been several months in the making along with a long, tedious process of adding downloads thanks in large to our VIP users. We are still ironing out some kinks and will be adding new features as we go although this new refresh comes with a brand new home page and downloads library. We offer you far more organization and information with the new system than compared to before. Read More on WinBoards...

SSL Enforcement, Board Movement

Posted by: stitch

We have a new SSL certificate and it's being enforced across WinWorld. All non-https links will automatically redirect to their secure equivalents. We have also migrated the boards and site over to the new server which is hosting the site as well as primary mirror #1. There may be random short board closures and a reboot or two while I finish a few things up and do a few other maintenance tasks. Read More on WinBoards...

To Those With Creative Skills... (Banner Redesign)

Posted by: Duff

As some of you know, the current WinWorld banner has been around in more or less the same form since 2004. It originally started as a single JPEG with bad compression artifacts. I touched it up mildly when we brought WinWorld back from dead in 2010, and separated it three parts, the globe, the text, and the Windows logo. Read More on WinBoards...

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