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2010-08-25T10:13:35Z
Everybody sing it with us now, "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you...you live in a zoo," and so forth. More accurately, Windows 95, which just turned 15 years old this week, lives on in infamy as a groundbreaking operating system that was light years ahead of its predecessors, and set the tone -- at least in terms of the GUI -- for future versions to follow.

"If you look at Windows 95, it was a quantum leap in difference in technological capability and stability," Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald said years ago.

While incredibly stale by today's standards, Windows 95 was perhaps the greatest thing to happen to PC gaming at the time, next to the advent of 3D videocards. The OS essentially sat on top of MS-DOS, but for the first time, gaming on Windows was actually viable, and the rest, as they say, is history.


Not without its dark side, Windows 95 also signaled the eventual end of Netscape Navigator. As of Windows 95 OEM Service Release 1, Microsoft began bundling Internet Explorer with its OS, a practice that would contribute greatly to IE's browser market share dominance.

What are you favorite memories of Windows 95? Do you remember what system specs you were rocking back then? Get all nostalgic in the comments section below.
AlanH
2010-08-25T10:25:30Z

450 MHz intel pentium 2 with 512 MB RAM and a 4GB hard drive on my windows 95 machine. oh, those were the days

Marius Malek
2010-08-25T10:31:35Z

I was under the age of 10 when I owned a Win95 computer. I don't even remember the name of the computer. I do remember waiting about 2 minutes to log onto the internet, while hearing that annoying dial tone.

I think I played the hell out of this Lego game where you just built a city out of Legos.

Can't really remember anything else, that computer died fast on us.

Xenokilla
2010-08-25T10:56:31Z

Made gaming viable? clearly you never played commander keen! NOW GET OFF MY LAWN!

deinabog
2010-08-25T11:52:26Z

I remember buying an HP Pavilion computer preinstalled with Windows 95 several months after its release. The store I bought it from threw in an extra 8MB or RAM since the box was on sale. The specs were thin by today's standard: Pentium 120 with 8megs of RAM and 1.2GB hard drive. It also had 1meg of onboard video memory (expandable to 2) and intergrated audio provided by Crystal Semiconductor.

Those were the days 🙂.

jturnbull65
2010-08-25T13:08:21Z

I remember going to my local ComputerCity -- later bought out by CompUSA --for the midnight launch event for Windows95. Others can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that was a first for midnight launch events of software.

At the time, I was still rocking an outdated 386sx (I was fooled into thinking the software FPU emulator would bring it close to dx performance at significant cost savings). Later that year I built an AMD K5 before starting my first year of college, all the while having Pentium Pro envy. Although the wiki I'm looking at says the K5 was released in March 96, I'm positive I build one in September 95.

AHussain
2010-08-25T13:19:35Z

I still remember the days when i had 16Mb of ram for my windows 95! :D

acarzt
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2010-08-25T14:18:07Z

Heh... windows 95... that was back in the day when there was only 1 computer in the house. And it had a "turbo" button. :-P

InfinityzeN
2010-08-25T15:11:48Z

I was in college so the first machine I had with Win 95 was my trusty old 486 (highly upgraded!) that I stuck it on. That machine is still running (and shockingly used by my parents) to this day.

My next machine build in late 1996, just for Win 95, was a Pentium Pro 200 with 16MB of ram, Matrox Millennium video, a 15" MAG CRT (crazy!), Quantum Fireball HDD, and a 7-disk CD drive. It got upgraded a couple times (like the addition of a Voodoo card). Still runs fine to this day, fired it up when I went back home last Christmas.

Mike Coyne
2010-08-25T15:17:33Z

I remembered that I was about 14 or 15 years old when i started to use Gateway 2000 desktop with Intel Pentium II at 233 MHz with 32 MB of RAM and 8 or 16 MB SDRAM video card that came with Windows 95. Good times with it before upgraded to Windows 98.

fat78
2010-08-25T17:09:35Z

Every one here is much older then i am. Was only 2 when this came out and never have used it.

Anonymous
2010-08-25T19:51:58Z

i remember the days of 4 gb hard drives. funny how many programs seem to bloat over the years. windows obviously has (i know, it does do a lot more now). wouldnt it be a cool idea for microsoft to put out a version of windows that is stripped right down to the core functionality. cut out all the fancy frills and extras and just be left with an extremely lightweight os that would run on these old machines, yet still be compatible with any new programs of today that just wouldnt work on poor old 95.

Der Meister
2010-08-25T20:21:02Z

Win 95 was great much better than 3.1, Though I cant really remember what I did in 3.1 as i remember all the games you needed to exit to dos. And Win 95 for that matter wasn't much better to begin with. 98 was nice...

Inspector
2010-08-25T21:40:35Z

I don't even remember if i ever used windows 95 or not. 😃. I might have used it(... for playing baby games :P) but i wouldn't know since i was that small and long ago.

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2010-08-25T21:42:03Z

Win 2k Pro was the best :-)