Windows 95

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Windows 95
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
Windows Logo 1995.svg
Initial releaseAugust 15, 1995; 23 years ago (1995-08-15)[1] [info]
Source modelClosed source
Kernel typeHybrid kernel
Support status
Unsupported as of 2000-2001.

Windows 95 is an operating system by Microsoft released in 1995. Windows 95 added many new features to the last Windows operating system, which was Windows 3.x. Windows 95 was the first Windows with the "Start" button. Since then it has been used in all Windows operating systems. Although Windows 95 is thought of as a full operating system, it works over MS-DOS. Windows 95 is like a visual version of 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 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.

Editions[change | change source]

  • Windows 95 Retail
  • Windows 95 OSR
  • Windows 95 OSR 2
  • 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.
Preceded by
Windows 3.1
Windows Versions
Succeeded by
Windows NT 4.0