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Posted by creamhackered on 13 March 2003 (247171 views) Rating: 3

Windows 95

Windows 95, released August 24th 1995.

Originally scheduled for release on July 11th the team set it back to allow time for businesses to ensure their Windows NT 3.5 servers were NT 3.51. Later in that year, Windows 95 Service Release 1 (95a) was released on Dec 31st. Then, one year later than the original release of Windows 95, Microsoft released Windows OSR2 (OEM Service Release 2, 95b), which integrated Microsoft Internet Explorer and began to support FAT32 file system.

Windows 95 is a major successor to Microsoft's Windows for Workgroups 3.xx. It is no longer a graphic user interface on MS-DOS, but a complete operating system. Although users can see a regular MS-DOS window in the boot process, the system takes over MS-DOS 7.0 after it's loaded completely. Windows 95 included an integrated 32-bit TCP/IP stack for built-in Internet support, dial-up networking, and new Plug and Play capabilities that made it easy for users to install hardware and software. Users could use right click to access the functions such as copy, paste and cut almost everywhere in the system. Some functions such as properties and quick help can also be accessed conveniently. Windows 95 came with an improved help system, which added another window to the left of the content window to show index, and keywords.

The 32-bit operating system also offered enhanced multimedia capabilities, more powerful features for mobile computing, and integrated networking. In order to keep memory requirements to a minimum, it did not include support for such features as system-level security or Unicode, which came later.

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