Windows 95 Chicago

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.

"Chicago" was the code name for early development versions of Windows 95. These releases illustrate the step-by-step transition from Windows 3.11 to the final product, and the involved research.

Product type
OS
Release date
1994
Minimum CPU
386
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.122) 4.00.122 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 22.41MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.122) VHD 4.00.122 Prerelease English x86-32 Virtual PC 40.9MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.189 FE) 4.00.189 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 27.74MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.189) 4.00.189 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 27.53MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.216) 4.00.216 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 28.55MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.224) 4.00.224 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 27.5MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.267) 4.00.267 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 31.48MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.275) 4.00.275 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 31.75MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.347) 4.00.347 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 186.03MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.440) 4.0.440 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 29.25MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.456) 4.00.456 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 138.25MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.462) 4.00.462 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 43.04MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.468) 4.00.468 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 33.74MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.490) 4.00.490 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 292.91MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.501) 4.00.501 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 353.94MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.58s) 4.00.58s Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 9.65MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.73g) 4.00.73g Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 11.52MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.81) 4.00.81 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 12.02MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.81) VHD 4.00.81 Prerelease English x86-32 Virtual PC 37.23MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.90c) 4.00.90c Prerelease English x86,x86-32 Archive 14.94MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.950 r-2) 4.00.950 r-2 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 33.82MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'' 4.00.99) 4.00.99 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 20.51MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (''Chicago'', 4.0.224 Debug) 4.0.224 Prerelease English x86-32 Archive 28.48MB
Microsoft Windows 95 (4.00.950) (alt) (RC 6/30/95?) ? English x86-32 Archive 358.62MB

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