A Trip Down Memory Lane

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(For Geeks Only)
By Joe Callison
18 November 2021

Sometimes we would like to have an old program or need an older version of a program to access files that we have or maybe just for nostalgic reasons. There are several websites that are repositories for old software that can be downloaded from them. There are also user groups that you can become a member of and have access to copies of old software contributed by members. Some of the software for installation of a program or operating system may or may not require you to have an existing software license to be able to run it. The following links provide information on some of the available sites for old software:

The 10 Best Sites to Download Older Versions of Software

List of websites to download old version software for Windows PC

Library

OS VAULT – Home

Macintosh Repository: Old Mac Software Archive

Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free & Borrowable Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine

Download old PC games for DOS and Windows

VETUSWARE.COM – the biggest free abandonware collection in the universe

If you search the internet for other software repositories, almost all results will be for sites used by software developers to store their work, such as GitHub. Search instead for old software, old software repositories, old software archives, or abandonware.

In order to run old software on a modern operating system, you may need to run it in a virtual machine, which is software to emulate another computer system. Software to create a virtual machine is available from VMware, Parallels, VirtualBox, Hyper-V, DOSBox, and others. Otherwise, you could use an old compatible computer that still functions.

Best virtual machine software of 2021

Beginner Geek: How to Create and Use Virtual Machines

 

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