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Development and History[]

System Requirements[]

  • 33MHz 386 Processor
  • 4MB RAM
  • 40MB Hard Drive Free Space
  • VGA-Grade Graphics Card.
  • CD-ROM Drive or 3.5" Floppy Drive, depending on Install Method.

Differences over Windows 3.x[]

  • Windows 95 is a Full 32-Bit Operating System, supporting Pre-Emptive MultiTasking
  • Came on either CD-ROM, or 3.5" Floppies

New Features[]

  • Start Button
  • Hardware Plug and Play support
  • Software Registry, that eliminated the need for per-program INI files to store settings.
  • MS-DOS 7.0
  • New GUI
  • Recycle Bin, for recovering accidentally-deleted files (Almost like the MS-DOS Undelete Command)
  • Full TCP/IP Support.
  • VFAT, That allows more characters (Up to 256) on a FAT16/FAT32 Disk Volume for a filename (which includes the File Extension, compared to Windows 3.1, that only supports a Maximum of 8 characters for a filename, and a Maximum of 3 for the File Extension.
  • Internet Explorer 3.0 (Included In Version B, version C shipped with IE4)
  • FAT32 (In Versions B and later)
  • USB Support (In Versions B and Later, provided as a Stand-Alone Installer)
  • New Safe Mode Diagnostic Operating Environment

Available Versions[]


Windows 95 Version List
Windows 95 Version List: Base | A | B | C | D

Service Packs[]


Complete Microsoft Windows Service Pack List
Complete Microsoft Windows Service Pack List:

Windows 95: SP1

Windows 98: SP1

Windows NT 3.1: SP1 | SP2 | SP3

Windows NT 4.0: SP1 | SP2 | SP3 | SP4 | SP5 | SP6 | SP6a

Windows 2000: SP1 | SP2 | SP3 | SP4

Windows XP: SP1 | SP2 | SP3

Windows Server 2003: SP1 | SP2

Differences between Windows 95 and Windows 3.1[]

Windows 95 is a major upgrade over Windows 3.1. Windows 95 is a 16/32-bit hybrid operating system, meaning it can run 32-bit applications as well as 16-bit ones. However, it is not compatible with Windows NT, its pure 32-bit Cousin.

Major differences:

  • 32-bit front-end
  • A new file system (FAT32) that support filenames up to 256-characters long
  • A new shell (That would later be ported to Windows NT 4.0)

Limitations[]

  • Windows 95 is unstable if 512MB or more RAM is installed.
  • Cannot use Software Higher than:
    • Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2
    • DirectX 8.0a
    • Windows Media Player 6.4
    • MSN Messenger 5.0


Microsoft Operating System Versions
Microsoft Operating System Versions:

MS-DOS: QDOS | 1.0 | 2.0 | 2.1 | 2.11 | 3.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 3.21 | 3.3 | 3.3A | 3.31 | 4.0 | 4.01 | 4.01A | 5.0 | 5.0A | 6.0 | 6.2 | 6.21 | 6.22 | 7.0 | 7.1 | 8.0

Windows 1.x: 1.0 | 1.01 | 1.02 | 1.03 | 1.04

Windows 2.x: 2.0 | 2.01 | 2.1 | 2.2

Windows 3.x: 3.0 | 3.0A | 3.1 | 3.11 | 3.2

Windows for Workgroups 3.x: 3.1 | 3.11

Windows 9x: 95 | 98 | ME

Windows NT: 3.1 | 3.5 | 3.51 | 4.0 | 2000 | XP | 2003

Future Windows NT: Vista | Longhorn Server | Blackcomb Server

Windows CE: 1.0 | 1.1 | 2.0 | 2.1 | 2.11 | 2.12 | 3.0 | 4.0 | 4.1 | 4.2 | 5.0

Windows Embedded: NT | XP

Windows Mobile: 2003 | 5.0

Previous Windows Codenames: Janus | Snowball | Kato | Daytona | Chicago | Memphis | Millennium | Cairo | Odyssey | Neptune | Whistler | Longhorn | Blackcomb

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