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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RTM or the "Gold" release is the initial version Released To Manufacturing, and placed on store shelves.

Note: The "File Archives" below are cut-down ISO images that exclude the extra CD fluff. They are configured for use as both clean and upgrade installs.


Stats/Requirements

Category: Operating System
Platform: Windows
Release: 1995-08-23
End of Life: 2001-12-30
RAM: 4 MB
Disk Space: 50 MB
Required CPU: 386
Type: Graphical

Serial Keys

757-2573155
875-7215850
100-1208613
95A 049-6301576

Downloads

Name Version Size Language Architecture Contents
Windows 95 (3.5-1.44mb)  RTM 24.75 MB English x86-32 3.5" Floppy
Windows 95 (OEM) (3.5-DMF)  RTM (OEM) 22.35 MB English x86-32 3.5" Floppy
Windows 95 (OEM) (ISO)  RTM 359.59 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 (OEM) [Czech]  RTM 204.28 MB Czech x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 (OEM) [Danish] (ISO)  RTM (OEM) 241.58 MB Danish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 (OEM) [Finnish] (ISO)  RTM (OEM) 240.51 MB Finnish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 (OEM) [Pan European] (ISO)  RTM (OEM) 320.35 MB Pan European x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 (OEM) [Turkish] (ISO)  RTM 205.48 MB Turkish x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 (Retail Full) (3.5-DMF)  RTM (Retail Full) 33.87 MB English x86-32 3.5" Floppy
Windows 95 (Retail Upgrade) (3.5-DMF)  Upgrade RTM (Retail Upgrade) 23.44 MB English x86-32 3.5" Floppy
Windows 95 (Retail Upgrade) (5.25-1.2mb)  RTM (Retail Upgrade) 24.45 MB English x86-32 5.25" Floppy
Windows 95 (Retail Upgrade) (ISO)  Upgrade RTM (Retail Upgrade) 360.38 MB English x86-32 CD-ROM ISO
Windows 95 (VMware VM)  RTM 400.6 MB English x86-32 VMWare Image
Windows 95 (chk)  RTM (chk) 37.92 MB English x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Arabic]  RTM 28.89 MB Arabic x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Basque]  RTM 25.14 MB Basque x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Catalan]  RTM 25.19 MB Catalan x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Danish]  RTM 25.13 MB Danish x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Dutch]  RTM 25.16 MB Dutch x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [English w. Arabic Support]  RTM 27.92 MB English w. Arabic x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [English w. Vietnamese Support]  RTM 46.67 MB English w. Vietnamese x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Finnish]  RTM 34.38 MB Finnish x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [French]  RTM 34.59 MB French x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [French]  RTM 25.3 MB French x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [German]  RTM 26.47 MB German x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Greek]  RTM 28.34 MB Greek x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Hebrew]  RTM 28.79 MB Hebrew x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Hebrew]  RTM 36 MB Hebrew x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Hungarian]  RTM 26.39 MB Hungarian x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Italian]  RTM 25.09 MB Italian x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Italian] Upgrade (3.5-DMF)  Upgrade RTM 21.46 MB Italian x86-32 3.5" Floppy
Windows 95 [Japanese]  RTM 47.27 MB Japanese x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Japanese] for NEC PC-9801  RTM NEC PC-9801 55.62 MB Japanese x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Korean]  RTM 31.16 MB Korean x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Norwegian]  RTM 25.05 MB Norwegian x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Pan European]  RTM 26.48 MB Pan European x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Polish]  RTM 26.34 MB Polish x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Portuguese-Brazil]  RTM 24.84 MB Portuguese Brazil x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Portuguese]  RTM 25.17 MB Portuguese x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Russian]  RTM 26.27 MB Russian x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Simpl. Chinese]  RTM 53.59 MB Simpl. Chinese x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Slovenian]  RTM 34.05 MB Slovenian x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Spanish]  RTM 34.56 MB Spanish x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Spanish] (5.25-1.2mb)  RTM 24.92 MB Spanish x86-32 5.25" Floppy
Windows 95 [Swedish]  RTM 25.06 MB Swedish x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Thai]  RTM 24.35 MB Thai x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Trad. Chinese]  RTM 51.99 MB Trad. Chinese x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 [Vietnamese]  RTM 23.67 MB Vietnamese x86-32 File Archive
Windows 95 and Microsoft Plus! (OEM) [Dutch] (ISO)  RTM (OEM) 274.05 MB Dutch x86-32 CD-ROM ISO