A Message from The Founder

Hello there, and welcome to WinWorld. I created WinWorld in 2003 to serve a singular purpose – to preserve and share old software, and the knowledge necessary to use that software.

My interest in computers began when I was a young child. My first computer was a Packard Bell 486/66 with 8 MB RAM, running Windows 3.1. The earliest games I remember playing are JezzBall, Chip’s Challenge and a shareware version of Redhook’s Revenge.

From that time on, I was hooked on everything tech, solidifying my identity as a nerd. It was nigh-impossible to find reliable sites from which you could find and download collections of abandonware software, save for a few classics such as K-Semler’s File Page and OldOS back in the early 2000s. WinVision was the first to offer a substantial collection by using Yahoo! Briefcases, and provided me the inspiration to create WinWorld. I was just a pre-teen who wanted to create a website dedicated to preserving old software and making it easily accessible to anyone.

At that time, I had no idea WinWorld would grow to what it is today. The hard work and generosity of so many people just like you are what has kept this website alive and growing. My hope is to keep WinWorld your best free and open library of abandonware and pre-release software for years to come.

If you care to know more about the history of our website, read on.