Teens Reacting To Windows 95 Will Cause Epic Facepalms For Old-Timers

When it comes to technology, teenagers have it easy these days. They have access to fast load times, fancy graphics, oodles of storage, touchscreen interfaces, and powerful mobile computing that fits in their pockets. They'll never know the struggle of tapping into extended memory in DOS to play games or dial-up Internet. But to give them a taste of a era gone by, Fine Brothers Entertainment subjected several teenagers to an old PC running Windows 95.

Fine Brothers Entertainment often releases videos of certain demographics reacting to things they're not likely to encounter on their own. Just over a year ago, they posted a hilarious video of senior citizens playing (and for the most part actually enjoying) Grand Theft Auto V. In the case, a bunch of teens get to experience Windows 95 running on an old beige system with a bulky CRT monitor, and we don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Teen on Windows 95

"It's a Dell. Not the singer, but A Dell," one of the teens quips right off the bat. It's not comedy club level humor, but amusing all the same. So far, so good, though things quickly take a turn for the unfortunate.

Their first task is to turn on the computer. One by one, the teens attempt to fire up the PC by pressing the big round button on the CRT monitor. Nothing happens. One of the teens surmises that she has to hold it down, which is also unsuccessful in turning on the PC. With a little guidance, they find the power button on the actual computer case.

If you've been computing for two decades or more, then you're probably familiar with Windows 95 and its place in history. Windows 95 represented a significant step forward for the Windows platform with major improvements to the graphical user interface (GUI), along with changes underneath the hood. It was an immediate success with Microsoft selling 7 million copies in the first five weeks and 40 million copies in its first year of availability.

Fast forward to today and Windows 95 is laughably ancient by modern standards. The teens in the video make that clear with their individual assessments.

"It's very blank, I feel like there's really nothing going on, just Internet Explorer and Inbox and all this other stuff, like the basic stuff," one of the teens says.

At one point in the video, the teens are tasked with hopping on the Internet. They immediately navigate to Internet Explorer only to discover that the PC isn't connected to the web, nor does it support Wi-Fi. However, it does have a dial-up modem and America On-Line pre-installed, both of which seem to be foreign concepts to the teens.

"It's scary to think that Wi-Fi is like so vital to us now. If you go somewhere and don't have Wi-Fi, like that's the worst thing that could ever happen to you," another teen comments.

See what we mean? Laugh or cry, it's your choice.