Windows 95 Patches

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.

Other Windows Versions:
| 1.0 | 2.x | 3.x | NT 3.x | 95 | NT 4.0 | 98 | 2000 | ME | All |

Release notes

The followings are updates made by either Microsoft or other third-parties/members to patch out a bug included in Windows 95 operating system, or to improve system's performance.

The updates listed below are only provided as a convenience to those installing a fresh Windows 95 on hardware or a VM. This is not an all-inclusive list of updates.

Installation instructions

Note: One of the files in the DST patch may be incorrectly flagged as malware. The patch installer is non-Microsoft because the genuine patch is for XP only. If you discover any real problems from this patch, please let us know.

Product type
Release date
User interface
Download count
1487 (75 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
AMDK6 Update English 245.79KB 3
DCOM95 OLE Update English 1.18MB 3
Microsoft DirectX 8.0 8.0 English 11.54MB 5
NTLM 2 and Active Directory Update English 2.91MB 2
USB Update for Win95 OSR 2 English 1.16MB 5
USB-Supplemental Disk [Dutch] (3.5-1.44mb) USB-Supplemental Disk Dutch 1.3MB 1
Win95 Comctl Leak Fix English 307.66KB 3
Win95 Fast CPU Fixes English 2.94MB 19
Win95 Font Smoothing Tool English 114.36KB 4
Win9x DST Updates English 281.09KB 3
Win9x Installer 2.0 2.0 English 1.69MB 4
Windows 95 DUN 1.4 Update DUN 1.4 Update English 1.85MB 2
Windows 95 Service Pack 1 Service Pack 1 English 1.2MB 10
Windows Chicago build 224 Checked/Debug Patch 4.0.224 Checked Prerelease English 14.8KB 1
Winsock 2 Update English 923.88KB 2
Year 2000 Update (OEM) (ISO) Year 2000 Update (OEM) English 62.7MB 8


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