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Microsoft Windows 95
Category: Abandoned Windows systems- client releases

Windows 95 is a consumer operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows 9x family of operating systems.  Windows 95 has previously combined separate MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows products into one unit.  The system contained significant improvements over its predecessor, particularly in the graphical user interface (GUI) and simplified plug-and-play functions. Major changes were also made to the basic components of the operating system, such as the transition from a mainly 16-bit multitasking architecture to a 32-bit multitasking architecture in advance, at least when running only 32-bit applications in protected mode. With an extensive marketing campaign, Windows 95 introduced many features and functions that appeared in later versions of Windows, such as the taskbar, the "Start" button and an improved user desktop.


After the RTM version, Windows 95 was released in three paid updates:


  • 95A/OSR1- The version was a standalone version of Windows 95 RTM with Service Pack 1. Internet Explorer 2.0 and infrared (IrDA) support were added.

  • 95B/OSR2- In OSR2 version a refreshed loading screen appears with "Microsoft Internet Explorer" added. Internet Explorer version 3.0 is integrated with the system. The system includes updated MS-DOS to version 7.1, support for FAT32, Ultra-DMA, MMX prosessors and DirectX library version 2.0a. In OSR2 version there was an optional support for USB.

  • 95C/OSR2.5- OSR version 2.5 includes technologies developed by Nashville project, updated Internet Explorer 4 and DirectX 5 libraries.


Quick Review:
Type of product:

OS (Operating system)

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Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: 150 MB

CPU: 60-100 MHz

RAM: from 8 to 16 MB

Type of interface:

GUI (graphical)

⦁ Additional informations about files:
BETA versions (developmental, unstable) are marked in gray,
Blue - official system editions,
Green for modifications and additions (if any)

If you have trouble choosing the right version of the system to download, please refer to the markings below:

⦁ OEM- version compatible with previously purchased devices / pre-installed system on a new computer, assigned to a PC motherboard. After damage or replacement of computer parts, your license is lost

⦁ SP- System image contains a package of fixes and updates. The higher the number, the more patches and updates contained in the system. The patches are called "Service Packs".

⦁ RTM- System version released on the day of release, straight from the production line. It does not contribute anything to the operation of the license.

⦁ Retail- sales version of the program.

⦁ [Polski]- Polish language version; [English]- English language version

⦁ x86 or 32-bit - system compatible with 32-bit processor architecture. They do not support 64-bit architecture. They can use up to 4 GB of RAM.

⦁ x64 or 64-bit - System compatible with 64-bit processor architecture. Some systems (older than Vista/7) do not support 32-bit systems

⦁ x86-64- Multi-architecture edition of the program. You can choose it if you do not know what CPU architecture your computer has.

⦁ VL/VolumeLicense- A system preinstalled on company computers, this license allows you to install the same system on multiple computers and use it simultaneously.

⦁ E- System version without Internet Explorer browser.

⦁ N- System version without media programs (Windows Media Center, Media Player)

⦁ Images called: "Home/Ultimate" are actually images that contain all editions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate

⦁ Multi-SKU: system image with multiple edits to choose from during installation. Multi-Format system

⦁ (chk): system image checked for errors during compilation (debug)

⦁ (alt): alternative system image to be downloaded, not different from the original, it is a copy/reupload

⦁ DMF: system image saved in a floppy disk format

⦁ CD/DVD: system image saved in a format designed for compact discs and DVDs.

⦁ ESD: file from digital or commercial distribution. To use it, it must be converted to an ISO file.

⦁ File preview icon:
                      IMG- floppy disk image. You can use it in a virtual machine, or use a special program to extract files.

                  ISO/MDF- ready to burn to disk, create bootable media or use in a virtual machine. It can also be used in a program to emulate virtual drives and discs.

      7Z, ZIP, RAR- compressed archive. To access the file, use a program to compress the files, e.g: WinRAR, 7-ZIP- please use file archiver program to open it.

To quickly find the image, press [Ctrl+F] on your keyboard and enter the keyword in the search field. This will highlight the images that contain the entered keyword.

Installation of these images is intended for advanced users. The following systems are published in the BETA (test) version. The installation may be problematic, the system may not work properly. Moreover, BETA versions may be unstable with drivers, programs and operation. They may have unfinished system functions. It is recommended to test the BETA version on a VM. If you have problems with the installation I recommend to consult the Beta Archive forum.

If you are looking for activation keys for Windows [Beta] installation images, click here, or use this address.

Some installation images may not start without an appropriate MS-DOS boot disk. To start the installation, use the appropriate disk, prepare the disk for installation, then run the installer from the disk.