Windows 95 - I still have my "Gold" official release CDs. Finding drivers might be "interesting" today. Add Netscape Navigator and dialup and you are all set...
At least if you have a time machine.
8 Megs of RAM...Wow! And it sort of slowly booted with 4 Megs - I tested it on an early color notebook that I had back then. I think it was a Sharp PC6881 with a 25 MHz 386SL, 4 Megs and an IIT math coprocessor. Loaded from a bag of floppies...
Lookee, a [Start] button. Wow!
Updates? Security? Bah!
(Tongue FIRMLY planted in cheek.)
For those who can afford to stay as current as possible, I agree with the fellow ham who urges likewise. Right now I can't, so I keep ancient software offline whenever possible. I use Knoppix a lot, but only because back in the day I worked with Unix, Xenix and now Linux so it isn't totally foreign. I like both Windows and Macs and iOS and Android. Adding a Mac would be fun, and maybe I'll find an old one surplus or something. The Raspberry Pi opens up some interesting possibilities, especially the new quad core at 1 GHz with a Gig of RAM. For very little money. I managed to get one of the earlier 700 MHz single core with 512 Megs of RAM. It runs an ARM port of Debian with a bunch of included software called Raspbian. There are other options.
All in all, it's a good time to be a ham even if like me, you have to be, uh, frugle. The challenges are, I think, part of the fun. My neighbor gave me his spare old PIC programmer. That opens new possibilities. I am a new "convert" from MCS51/52 style microcontrollers.
I just use what I've got and work to make it do its dance. As one poster encouaged me to "keep on keeping on" so I pass on words of encouragement to everyone here.
Keep the ideas, debates, and sharing of knowledge going.
(One of those awful no code extras who didn't have spare time until recently. So, I'm working on learning code. I was an electronics and computer professional for about 40 years and designed and built my own SWL receivers since primary school. I built a BFO way back so I could listen to all of you on SSB. Thanks for making me feel welcome. I've started studying for a commercial license just as a challenge to myself. I used studying for my ham ticket as a way to help my memory after strokes and TIAs. I know that today's tests aren't what they used to be, but I used the study materials to help find things that I had forgotten, so I did my best to make the studying to be as much like it used to be. I didn't just want a license, I want to LEARN.)
So, do I study for my LID endorsement now?