Browse Dozens of Retro Classic Mac OS Screen Shots from 1984 to 1999

Jun 30, 2019 - 2 Comments

Welcome to Macintosh 1984 original Mac boot screen

Do you enjoy taking trips down computing memory lane? Why not take a gander at screenshots of old Macintosh Mac OS releases from yesteryear, like Mac OS System 1, System 4, System 7, and System 9?

A fun site called VersionMuseum hosts collections of screen shots from old software releases, including historical Mac OS versions.

Take a virtual trip down retro tech memory lane and explore some of the screen shot galleries through the links below:

Macintosh Mac OS Classic System 6 screen shot

Macintosh System 7.5.3 screenshot

Macintosh System 9 screenshot

Classic Macintosh crash  screen shot

And if you want to get some flashback screenshots of the Windows world, they have 34 years of Windows screenshots too covering everything from Windows 1.0, Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP, all the way up to Windows 10.

If screenshots aren’t enough for you, don’t forget you can get hands on and actually run and experience many of these retro computing environments directly and easier than ever before, either in web browsers or through emulators. For example, you can run the very first web browser, appropriately called WorldWideWeb, run Classic Mac OS in a web browser, run Windows 1.0 in a web browser, run Windows 95 as a Mac app, run Mac OS Classic under Mac OS X with mini vMac, amongst many other retro computing experiences.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, Retro


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  1. Pete says:

    Back in 1987, I opened a print shop, featuring both “PC” and Mac computers, available for rent to use our laser printer. (We also did typesetting for clients on Mac and PC computers.) I had a very early version of PageMaker (Ver 1.5?) that ran on a “runtime version” of (as I recall) something called “GEM” which was a “graphical environment manager.” Of course, all our PC monitors were monochrome (orange on black). Eventually PageMaker issued an upgrade that switched the underlying graphic interface with an early version of Windows. I mostly recall that it was rather ugly.

    We much preferred working our graphic software on the Mac… and eventually had “full page” displays on our Macs (Macintosh SE) for in-house typesetting. After the first 18 months or so, I withdrew all the PCs from public service. The “mac people” would come in for the high quality laser output … and they generally could accomplish what they wanted very quickly. (Once we explained that the “city-name” fonts should be avoided, since they were bit-maps.)

    The PC/Windows folks required a huge amount of hand-holding because their document (typically a resume) would reformat based on the “environment” on our computer. Typically, they’d formatted their document with the space bar (not tabs) and of course, once the document encountered the (proportional) PostScript typefaces, everything changed.

    Frankly, those are the days I’d rather not repeat!

  2. david watts says:

    Thx Paul, I remember them all, with mostly fond memories.

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