Sunday

Remember This? Windows 95

On August 24th 1995, Microsoft launched Windows 95. The very successful operating system introduced the Start button to home computer users and set the basic look and feel of subsequent Windows versions until Windows 8 appeared in the latter part of 2012.

Interestingly, the initial release of Windows 95 did not include the Internet Explorer web browser, and the default installation did not even include TCP/IP networking (the network protocol used on the Internet).

The System Requirements are something to behold almost 20 years later. Notice only 8 MB [megabytes] of memory are recommended, where even a cheap smartphone today has 512MB, and most computers would have at least 2GB [gigabytes].

Q - Which Rolling Stones song was heavily featured in the marketing campaign for Windows 95? (answer below)

System requirements for installing Windows 95:
Personal computer with a 386DX or higher processor (486 recommended)
4 megabytes (MB) of memory (8 MB recommended)
Typical hard disk space required to upgrade to Windows 95: 35-40 MB The actual requirement varies depending on the features you choose to install.
Typical hard disk space required to install Windows 95 on a clean system: 50-55 MB The actual requirement varies depending on the features you choose to install.
    One 3.5-inch high-density floppy disk drive
    VGA or higher resolution (256-color SVGA recommended)

To use Microsoft Exchange and The Microsoft Network:

    8 MB of memory
    20 MB of additional hard disk space
    Modem (required for using The Microsoft Network) 


A - "Start Me Up" was heavily featured in the marketing campaign for Windows 95

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