Windows 95 offered, at long last, a well designed document-oriented desktop shell that worked much like the 1984 Macintosh Finder. It also included a new way of finding installed applications through a "Start" menu. And it included the same networking abilities as Windows for Workgroups.

It integrated the ability to run 32-bit applications similar to Windows NT or Windows 3.1 with Win32s. It no longer ran on a separate DOS product. But Windows 95 was not a pure "32-bit" OS: It was still based around the framework of Windows 3.x, 2.x and 1.x. It still ran on top of DOS, but bundled its own special "Windows 95" DOS (AKA MS-DOS 7). It could even still make use of DOS drivers. The 95 architecture was continued with Windows 98.

Most 95 CDs are NOT BOOTABLE. If a download does not include a boot floppy, please see Microsoft Windows Boot Disks

If the listed serials below do not work for a specific release, please see the Serials thread

You may also override the install type (no serial needed) by creating a file name MSBATCH.INF with the lines "[Setup]", and then "ProductType=1", placing that in the Win95 setup folder, and then running setup.

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Windows 95 OSR2 ("B" version) added support for FAT32. It bundles IE 3, Personal Web Server, and MS-DOS "7.1".

OSR2.1 is identical to OSR 2, but includes a seperate USB update installer, that adds the ability to use USB devices. Installing the downloadable USB update brings any OSR 2 system to the level of 2.1.

The OSR 2.x media was ONLY available from OEMs. It was not sold retail.


Stats/Requirements

Category: Operating System
Platform: Windows
Release: 1996-08-22
End of Life: 2001-12-29
RAM: 4 MB
Disk Space: 50 MB
Required CPU: 386
Type: Graphical

Serial Keys

24796-OEM-0014736-66386
16595-OEM-0001695-96524

Downloads

Name Version Size Language Architecture Contents
Windows 95 OSR2 (OEM) (3.5-DMF)  OSR2 37.9 MB English x86-32 3.5" Floppy
Windows 95 OSR2 (OEM) (ISO)  OSR2 400.67 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 OSR2 (OEM) (ISO) [Dutch]  OSR2 381.34 MB Dutch x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 OSR2 (OEM) (ISO) [German]  OSR2 383.51 MB German x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 OSR2 (OEM) (ISO) [Swedish]  OSR2 379.98 MB Swedish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 OSR2 [Russian]  OSR2 46.03 MB Russian x86-32 File Archive