At A Glance
1-Jan-2001 Volume Licensing to End
In an effort to force corporations to switch to the more expensive Windows 2000, Microsoft announced it is ending volume licensing of both Windows 95 & 98 on June 30, 2001.[Infoworld, Page 15]
No further work is being done on Windows 95 and Microsoft considers it an obsolete OS. Support is no longer available.
Windows 32-bit programs
Windows VxD device drivers
DOS programs, 100% native, while Windows is not running
DOS programs in a “DOS box” while Windows is running, compatibility excellent
DOS device drivers
Upgrade edition – upgrades Windows 3.x to Windows 95. Many users have reported problems with upgrading from Windows 3.x. We strongly recommend a risk-free installation using System Commander
Full edition – includes boot diskette and can be installed on a blank drive
OEM edition – installation depends on part on how an OEM configures the installation. In most cases, the OEM edition will install safely on top of a prior installation of Windows 95, but will erase the entire first hard drive and put a fresh install of Windows 95 if Windows 95 is not detected.
Windows release timeline
First edition 11-Jul-1995
Service Pack 1 (update) 31-Dec-1995
Three major releases of Windows 95 were made. The first edition does not support FAT32, nor enhanced FAT (for support beyond 8 GB). OSR2 is a separate version, but was never provided as a free upgrade. OSR2.5 added several Y2K fixes, and is provided as a free update. All Windows 95 editions are referred to as v4.0.
1) Identification of Windows 95 version: Look at the file date and time of the GUI.EXE file in the Windows\system directory (or where you installed windows).
File time: 11-Jul-1995 9:50am = Windows 95 first edition
File date: 24-Aug-1996 11:11am = Windows 95 OSR2 (Windows 95 B)
File date: 19-Oct-1998 3:00pm (or later) = Windows 95 OSR2.5 (Windows 95 C)
2) Go to “Start”, “Settings”, “Control Panel”. Select the “System” icon. In the General tab (the default), it shows the product “Windows 95” and the version:
Version 4.00.950 = Windows 95 first edition
Version 4.00.950 B = Windows 95 OSR2 or later
Y2K fixes and the OSR2.5 update to Windows 95 (no longer available)
WUGNET – Windows User’s Group
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 USA
Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
Installation Not on the First Drive
Uncommon Keyboard Shortcuts
Upgrade price: n/a (upgrading from Windows 3.x or MS/PC-DOS)