Despite being donkey's years old RiscOS remains a truly innovative, responsive, and an exceptionally easy to use operating system with tiny resource requirements compared to any other desktop OS...

...if there is a down-side, it's rather different (in a good way) to the majority of OS's potential users may have come across. Initial impressions tend to be 'this is really great' followed by 'I don't get how to set things up to my liking or install stuff'. Usually this is because things that require active intervention or are a trial for the user of other OS's are non-issues under RiscOS.

To ease this potential 'culture shock' we present:


-Version 4.2-

A fully set up, customised, install of RiscOS 3.1 with lots of ready-to-go applications and a selection of games to try. All wrapped up with the 'classic' Acorn emulator - Arculator. Download, unarchive, run the .exe:
Classic RiscOS goodness - it's as easy as that!:

Example Screenshots:
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-Classic RiscOS is fully configurable-

Yes, this really is RiscOS 3.1 - released in 1992! The OS is still under active development too, up to version 6, or 5, at the time of writing.
So why not do a modern RiscOS version? Well, there's some good reasons:
-This site has it's eye on the preservation of things RiscOS.
-The present can look after itself.
-OS 3.1x was the final OS version for 'classic' Arc's.
-'Classic' games were largely written with Arc's in mind.
-It is compatible with much of what came before and after.
And:
-'Abandonware' only please...
...anything's useful to the goal of preserving all that is RiscOS, but we don't intend to distribute material that is actively developed and supported.


Downloading...


The Classic RiscOS archive is fairly well bulging with goodies so it now weighs in at a pretty hefty 200-ish MB. Do grab it if you want it but think of our bandwidth if you're just clicking on a whim. Below you'll find links to the latest full releases, feel free to mirror if you wish. The 'Light' version can be used to update so you won't always have grab the latest full version.


-ReadMe-

-Classic RiscOS v4.2-
-Archive of hard drive contents for any Classic System or Emulator-
(Light, Arculator, VA5000, and ArcStick versions in due course)
-166mb-

-Classic RiscOS v4.0-
-For installation to Archimedes systems-
-192mb-

-Classic RiscOS v4.0 Light-
-Just Classic RiscOS, extras removed-
-22mb-

-Classic RiscOS v4.0 Arculator-
-Arculator Archimedes emulator version-
-194mb-

-Classic RiscOS v4.0 VA5000-
-Virtual A5000 Archimedes emulator version-
-189mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.8 ArcStick Edition-
-Auto-starting install for USB Sticks-
-112mb-

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-Classic RiscOS v3.8-
-For installation to Archimedes systems-
-198mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.8 Light-
-Just Classic RiscOS, extras removed-
-19mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.8 Arculator-
-Arculator Archimedes emulator version-
-198mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.8 VA5000-
-Virtual A5000 Archimedes emulator version-
-193mb-

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-Classic RiscOS v3.5b-
-For installation to Archimedes systems-
-185mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.5b Light-
-Just Classic RiscOS, extras removed-
-22mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.5b Arculator-
-Arculator Archimedes emulator version-
-187mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.5b VA5000-
-Virtual A5000 Archimedes emulator version-
-182mb-

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-Classic RiscOS v3.5a-
-For installation to Archimedes systems-
-181mb-

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-Classic RiscOS v3.4h-
-For installation to Archimedes systems-
-149mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.4h Light-
-Just Classic RiscOS, extras removed-
-19mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.4h Arculator-
-Arculator Archimedes emulator version-
-188mb-

-Classic RiscOS v3.4h VA5000-
-Virtual A5000 Archimedes emulator version-
-190mb-

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-Classic RiscOS v3.0-
-Getting smaller, Phew!-
-169mb!-

-Classic RiscOS v3.0 ArcStick Edition-
-Auto-starting install for USB Sticks-
-102mb-

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-Classic RiscOS v2.81-
-Ok, so it's even bigger-
-186mb!-

-Classic RiscOS_Light v2.81-
-Easy updates or install to real hardware-
-Small size, Full set-up, No extras-
-17mb-

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-Classic RiscOS v2.6-
-Probably as big as it should get-
-176mb!-

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-Classic RiscOS v2.0-
-Many included Apps & Games-
-151mb!-

-Classic RiscOS_Light v2.0-
-Full set-up, but no extras-
-14mb-

-Classic RiscOS v2.0 ArcStick Edition-
-Auto-starting install for USB Sticks-
-101mb-

>---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<

-Important Update for v2b-
-1kb!!!-

-Classic RiscOS v2b (1.98)-
-150mb!-

-Classic RiscOS v1.0-
-126mb-

-Updater v0.98 to v1.0-
-12mb-

-Classic RiscOS v0.98-
-130mb-

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...



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-Classic RiscOS 4 RiscPC-
-6mb-

Not a full Classic RiscOS distro for modern machines, for the reasons mentionded above. But it is a selection of well-wrapped goodies for making your current OS3.5 - OS6.2 a more pleasent experience.

Consider this a beta release, which I my update from time to time, but it works pretty well for me. :-)