Microsoft Windows 95: First Retail Release
Windows 95 was the successor to Windows 3.1 and included a number of important new features:
- Support for 32-bit Windows applications
- Long mixed-case filenames (up to 255 characters)
- GUI improvements (e.g., Explorer, Start button, Taskbar, shortcuts)
It was also first version of Windows that required an 80386 CPU (preferably a D-stepping or later).
Windows 95 was released to manufacturing on July 14, 1995 and went on sale at midnight on August 24, 1995.
It is shown running below, following a “Compact Installation” on a 68Mb hard disk. Before the machine can start, it must download the disk image, which may take a minute or two, depending on the speed of your internet connection. You can also run Windows 95 with the PCjs Debugger.
More information about this Windows 95 demo is available in the PCjs Blog.