Windows 95 OSR 2.5

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.

VMWare and VirtualBox are problematic with Windows 95. If you use those, you may need to disable various acceleration features first, and/or install the Windows 95 CPU speed fixes. Windows 95 has many issues on faster machines or VMs, requiring a number of patches in order to operate. Consider emulators like x86Box or PCem instead.

Release notes

OSR2.5 ("C" version) bundles Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and the IE 4 webby desktop.

It also slipstreams the USB update in to the 95 setup.

If these components are deleted prior to installation, it is identical to OSR 2.

Installation instructions

Important: Windows 95 CDs are NOT bootable, and require an appropriate Windows 95 Boot Floppy. (A 98FE or 98SE disk will also work fine)

To speed up installation, and to avoid numerous problems, copy the win95 folder to a folder on the hard drive (such as c:\win95) and then run setup from there.

Product type
Release date
Sun Nov 16 1997
End of life date
Sat Dec 29 2001
Minimum CPU
Minimum RAM
Minimum free disk space
User interface
Download count
1154 (246 for release)
  • 24796-OEM-0014736-66386
  • 16595-OEM-0001695-96524


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Windows 95 OSR2.5 (OEM) (ISO) OSR2.5 English 384.21MB 127
Windows 95 OSR2.5 [French] (OEM) (ISO) OSR2.5 French 364.18MB 7
Windows 95 OSR2.5 [German] (OEM) (ISO) OSR2.5 German 458.31MB 7
Windows 95 OSR2.5 [Italian] (OEM) (ISO) OSR2.5 Italian 423.07MB 19
Windows 95 OSR2.5 [Norwegian] (OEM) (ISO) OSR2.5 Norwegian 381.39MB 0
Windows 95 OSR2.5 [Portuguese-Brazil] (OEM) (ISO) OSR2.5 Portuguese - Brazil 422.09MB 1
Windows 95 OSR2.5 [Spanish] OSR2.5 Spanish 110.74MB 18
Windows 95 OSR2.5 [Swedish] OSR2.5 Swedish 118.99MB 4
Windows 95 and Microsoft Plus OSR2.5 (OEM) (ISO) 95 and Microsoft Plus OSR2.5 (OEM) English 397.25MB 63


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