Windows 97

Windows 97
Crusty Windows bootleg
The desktop of Windows 97
The desktop of Windows 97
Original OSWindows 3.1
Release date2012
Architecture(s)x86 (16-bit)
File size30 MB (not including boot floppy)
Date addedDecember 10, 2021
Live CDNo

Windows 97 (version 3.5 stable) is a bootleg Windows 3.1 edition, which was created by Ideeman1994. It released in 2012, and was added to the archive on December 10, 2021.


The bootleg is a modified Windows 3.1 ISO which styles the OS with a Windows 95 theme and even includes some old customization programs to complete the look.

The setup used is a completely custom one, using a specialized Windows 3.1 PE running a Delphi-based installer. The installation is done using a batch script which copies the "mini 3.1" to the C drive (assuming the user has already formatted it) and runs the setup. A boot floppy is required to install the OS.

Changes from Windows 3.1

Changes in pre-desktop procedures

  • The setup has been completely replaced with a custom one
  • New setup graphics. The setup background is the Windows 95 setup
  • New boot graphics. The boot screen is changed to a Windows 95 style one. It is static due to technical limitations

Look and feel

  • New default theme, and wallpaper. The default wallpaper is set to the Windows 95 setup, with the author's branding added and a copyright disclaimer on the top right
  • The shell is replaced with Calmira, a Delphi-based Windows 95-like shell
  • The window buttons have now been themed to Windows 95


  • Win32s


  • FreeCell

Customization Utilities

  • Mask98
  • Calmira


Bootleg quirks

  • The start menu banner's text is renamed to Windows 97.
  • You can launch the OS as a live CD from the startup menu.