In the never-ending debates of morality, philosophy, and the meaning of life, the complexities of the universe manifest themselves in one universal mantra: no one can agree on anything except that the world is going to pot and things were better when we were younger and life was "simpler." In an effort to help make the world a little brighter, or just indulge in a bit of nostalgia, XP Mod brings your Android device back to 2001 by turning it into a Windows XP desktop.

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The app starts with the traditional Windows XP startup noise and plops you into the familiar desktop minus the rolling hills. The app defaults to your current wallpaper. While the app is mostly for kicks, it does have one rather neat feature: a (kind of) windowed file manager. Tap "My Computer" and you can navigate your storage via the old Explorer interface. Open another new window, however, and you can navigate through multiple folders and jump between them with the task bar at the bottom. Unfortunately, these windows aren't resizable and you can't view them simultaneously. Still, it's a rather handy way to navigate files that we'd actually like to see implemented in less novelty file managers.

Still, if you're up for a bit of nostalgia, this app is free on the Play Store right now. Widget. Go.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

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  • fixxmyhead

    nostalgia? some of us are still running this crap on there POS 2003 computer lol

    only use it on very, very, very rare occasions

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      My main desktop still has XP. Waiting on Win8 to finally perform the upgrade.

      • Silver91354

        I still have XP on my laptop also.   I actually got one of the last Dell laptops with XP (Dell 1705) before they switched to Vista.  Still works well. 

    • Simon Belmont

      Heh, yeah. I'm still using my laptop from 2003 with XP Pro on it. It might be old, but it still works great. We've been through a lot together these past 10 (nearly) years.

      I'm JUST about to "upgrade" to a newer laptop from 2008 though. It has six times more RAM, four times more hard drive space, a newer GPU (of course), and a much faster CPU despite being clocked substantially lower than the Pentium 4 in my current laptop. I reckon it will last me another four or five years. By then, I'll have a choice of Windows 8 or Windows 9, I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/snick8467 Tim Strobel

    Bet it runs faster on my EVO LTE than on my old xp computer, lol

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  • TexGeek

    I want DOS

    • Kernschatten

      DOS Box Turbo. Works great.

  • Persephonesgrin

    As if I dont have enough nightmares from the ACTUAL operating system ...

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    I think i saw this on a youtube video once before. Guy was claiming that he had xp on his android tablet 

  • Vujohnny00

    I would probably be nicer on a tablet. Icons and fonts look so small!

  • Infirst

    How do I shut the app down on my droid x?

  • Freak4Dell

    Hmm...I'm going to give it a try. Too bad they didn't use the Windows 7 design, though.

  • 95firebird

    I run Ubuntu 11.10, guess I'm on my own until I feel like messing with Linux for Android lol.

    • Jonathan Wong

      I really wish I could get Ubuntu 12.04 and GNOME Shell running on my XOOM.  That would make it so much better.

  • http://twitter.com/dextersgenius Dexter M

    I'm pretty sure most people will get this only to fool their friends into thinking their phone runs Windows XP. :P

    Anyways I tried it out on my Galaxy S2 and it works quite well for the stuff they've implemented. It's quite smooth and responsive; but at this stage it's more of a novelty item than a useful application. But I don't see a reason why it can't be improved further - like the ability to add custom shortcuts to the desktop, a working control panel applet, a right-click menu.. all of which should be fairly easy to develop. 

    So, kudos to the developer for making a "cool" app, and hope it turns into a full fledged launcher soon!

  • Not enough minerals

    i got it as a joke but i have to admit i like the explorer folder navigation a lot. i wish they made a standalone app for that.

  • Tee

    Good one. In a phone the graphics are smallish, but when used with a tab, it works much better.

  • Major_Pita

    Eric, I'm replying on a laptop with Virtual XP, 2 flavours of Linux and Windows 8 preview in Virtual Box and BlueStacks as a sort-of Android emulator. After reading your article I'm starting to wonder if before much longer we'll be able to emulate almost anything on any platform... 

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Boo, looks like it was removed.

  • b k

    Umm the GUI was copywrited!!!!! DUH!