Windows 95 – Overview, Best Features, Editions

Introduction to Windows 95

Microsoft released Windows 95 operating system in August 1995 as a consumer oriented operating system. It was the predecessor to Windows 98. Win 95 brought many new features and improvement over its precursor Windows 3.1. Windows 95 came up with improved Graphical user interface and plug-n-play feature. This operating system supports both 16-bit and 32-bit applications.

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Different Editions of Windows 95

  • Windows 95
  • Windows 95 SP1 (1995)
  • Windows 95 OSR1 (1996)
  • Windows 95 OSR2 (1996)
  • Windows 95 USB Supplement to OSR2 (1997)
  • Windows 95 OSR2.1 (1997)
  • Windows 95 OSR2.5 (1997)

New Features included in Windows 95

  • Preemptive multitasking

    Cooperative multitasking of Windows 3.x changed to 32-bit Preemptive multitasking in Windows 95. This feature enables operating system to execute 32-bit applications preemptively.

  • Support Long Filenames

    The notable feature of Windows 95 was it supports filenames having 255-characters. VFAT (virtual file allocation table) file system was introduced in Win 95 so as to achieve long filename.

  • New Graphical User Interface

    Windows 95 introduced new GUI that includes Taskbar, Start button, Windows Explorer, and many more. All these features can also be seen in later versions of Windows OS with the improvement.

Problems in Windows 95

Microsoft had stopped providing support for Windows 95 since December 31, 2001. As there is no security, Windows 95 may hang for hours or hard disk data may get corrupted. Since Win 95 is very old operating system, there are hardly Windows 95 compatible hardware/software. If Windows 95 data have been lost, deleted, or corrupt due to virus, sudden shut down, or hardware failure then all lost data can be recovered by a tool called Windows data recovery which supports all Windows version including Windows 95.