Microsoft Windows 95

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Overview

Windows 95The next version of Windows after Windows 3.11. Windows 95 added major enhancements when compared to Windows 3.11.

Below are some of the new features that Windows 95 has that Windows 3.x does not.

Plug-and-Play - Allows hardware devices to be automatically installed into the computer with the proper software. Does not require jumpers to be used.
32-Bit - 32-Bit operating system allowing the computer to run faster and more efficiently.
Registry - Combines the power of multiple configuration files into two files, allowing the system configurations to be located easier.
Memory - Windows 95 has an improved memory handling processes compared to Windows 3.11.
Right mouse click - Allows you new access and text manipulation by utilizing both buttons instead of one.
CD Player - Enhanced CD Player with improved usability and AutoPlay feature.

Fun stuff

How to hide the Start button

  1. Press Ctrl + Esc, then press Esc only.
  2. Press Alt, the + key, and the - key together.
  3. Move the up arrow to close (don't press Alt + F4)

HOW DO I GET IT BACK?

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del.
  2. Select Explorer and click End task.
  3. A window should open to shutdown Windows. Press the Esc key.
  4. Wait for a message stating something like "Program is not responding". Click the Cancel option.

If you cannot get the Start button back reboot the computer and it will come back.

How to change the Startup and shutdown screen in Windows95
WARNING: Before you attempt doing this, you need to make sure that the file you are modifying is backed up on a disk or another directory on your hard drive.

Now that you have backed up, you can make your own pictures where ever you want, just remember that the size of the picture has to stay the same. Below is the list of the different pictures you can change and the size of those pictures.
logo.sys = "Startup" 320 x 400
logow.sys = "Please Wait while Windows95 is shutting down" 320 x 400
logos.sys = "It is now safe to shut off your computer" 320 x 400

An easy way of opening these files is to go into your paint program by clicking on start/programs/accessories/paint, then going to file and opening c:\windows\logow.sys, c:\windows\logos.sys or c:\logo.sys.

You can run any of the Control Panel icons without going into the Control Panel by clicking on Start, Run, and typing "rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL modem.cpl" (without quotes). This example would run the modem icon in the Control Panel, you can replace modem with any valid cpl file.

Windows 95 OSR1 System Requirements
Released 08/1995
Computer: 100% IBM Compatible
Processor: 386 DX or higher
Memory: 4MB RAM
Drives: 35MB Hard drive space
CD-ROM or Floppy
Sound: Sound Blaster compatible Sound Card.
Video: VGA or higher-resolution
Controls: 100% compatible Microsoft keyboard and Mouse
operating system: DOS 5.0 and Higher
Price: $70.00 - $90.00

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