Windows 95

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Windows 95
Windows Logo (1992-2001).svg
DeveloperMicrosoft
OS familyMicrosoft Windows
Source modelClosed source
Released to
manufacturing
August 15, 1995; 26 years ago (1995-08-15)[1]
Kernel typeHybrid kernel
LicenseMS-EULA
Official websitesupport.microsoft.com
Support status
Unsupported since December 31, 2001[2]
[2]

'Windows 95' is an operating system by Microsoft. It was released in August of 1995. It is the first version to be part of Windows 9x. Windows 95 added new features to the last Microsoft Windows. which was Windows 3.x. Windows 95 was the first Windows with the "Start" menu. Since then, the Start menu has been used in all Windows operating systems except Windows 8 and Windows 11. It was also the first Windows that included ways to connect to the [Internet]. Although Windows 95 is thought of as an operating system by itself, it works over MS-DOS. Windows 95 is like a visual version of MS-DOS. This means that Windows 95 can run both MS-DOS programs and Windows ones, but programs made just for Windows 95 will not work in MS-DOS.

Windows 95 was Microsoft's first operating system to support long file names. Before that, file names could only be eight characters (letters, numbers, or symbols) long, plus the file extension. Windows 95 was also Microsoft's first operating system to fully support CD-ROMs, though Windows 3.x could also access CD-ROMs.

It was popular from 1995 until 1998, when Microsoft replaced it with Windows 98. Microsoft ended extended support for Windows 95 on December 31, 2001.

Editions[change | change source]

  • Windows 95 Retail
  • Windows 95 OSR 1 and SP1
  • Windows 95 OSR 2.0
  • Windows 95 OSR 2.1
  • Windows 95 OSR 2.5

References[change | change source]

  1. Thurrott, Paul (October 19, 1997). "Microsoft to release Windows 95 OSR 2.5". Windows IT Pro. Penton. Archived from the original on June 3, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Microsoft Support Lifecycle". Microsoft. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
Preceded by
Windows 3.1
Windows Versions
1995-1996
Succeeded by
Windows NT 4.0