How to install windows 95

Today I am installing Windows 95 on a VMWare system. It is retro time again and we are happy to remember the good old time.

You can use this link to download Windows 95. We already use it in our Windows 3.11 installation guide.

How to install windows 95?

Windows 95 CD Boot
Windows 95 CD Boot

We are using the same CD ISO that we used to install Windows 3.11. Only that at this time we are selecting Windows 95. I selected the Windows 95C OSR2.5 for this guide.

Windows 95 Setup
Windows 95 Setup

Once you boot from the CD, you will the Windows 95 setup screen. We need to press Enter to start with the installation.

Windows 95 Using the unallocated disk
Windows 95 Using the unallocated disk

We are going with the recommended here, as this is a virtual machine with one new hard disk. Verify the recommended is selected and press Enter to continue.

Windows 95 Enable large file support
Windows 95 Enable large file support

As this is a virtual machine and there are no real limitations I am preferring to go with the Enable large disk support. Select the Yes option and press Enter to continue.

Windows 95 Restart
Windows 95 Restart

The system needs to restart. Press enter to reboot the system.

Windows 95 CD Boot
Windows 95 CD Boot

After the reboot, you need to select Windows 95C OSR2.5 again and press enter. This will continue your installation.

Windows 95 Disk Format
Windows 95 Disk Format

The installation first format the new hard disk, using the C letter as the drive. This process may take some time.

Windows 95 preparing installation
Windows 95 preparing installation

Setup is preparing what is needed to continue the installation. It will perform some checks on your system.

Windows 95 Setup:

Windows 95 License Agreement
Windows 95 License Agreement

Setup more to a more visual GUI. Now it is your time to carefully read the license agreement. If you agree with this press the Yes button to continue. If not press No and exit the installation.

Windows 95 Setup Wizard
Windows 95 Setup Wizard

 

Now it is time for the setup to collect some information about your system. Press Next to continue.

Windows 95 Choose Directory
Windows 95 Choose Directory

You can change the location where you want to install Windows 95 on your hard disk. I am using the default location – C:\Windows – for that. Once selected please press Next to continue.

Windows 95 Setup Options:

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Windows 95 setup options. I will go with the Typical option. Select your preferred option and press the Next button to contiue.

Windows 95 User Name
Windows 95 User Name

It is time to set your user name and company name. Once enter press Next to continue.

Windows 95 Analyzing Your Computer
Windows 95 Analyzing Your Computer

The setup is analyzing your computer. In my case, it found 2 hardware – a network adapter and a sound card. In your case, it may be less or more. I selected both of them and press the Next button.

Windows 95 Analyzing Your Computer Running
Windows 95 Analyzing Your Computer Running

The analyzing your computer process continues. Please wait for it to finish.

Windows 95 Installing Components
Windows 95 Installing Components

Time to install the needed Windows components. I selected the recommended – most common – and press the Next button to continue with the installation.

Windows 95 Copying Files
Windows 95 Copying Files

Next, it is time to copy the files of Windows 95 to your hard disk. Press Next to start the process.

Windows 95 Restart To Finish Setup
Windows 95 Restart To Finish Setup

Time for another restart. Press Finish to restart the system

Windows 95 Booting
Windows 95 Booting

This screen was taken during the Windows 95 Boot. After the restart.

Windows 95 Workgroup
Windows 95 Workgroup

There is some network-related information that the setup is needed. Press OK to set them.

Windows 95 Set Workgroup
Windows 95 Set Workgroup

Set a name for your computer and a workgroup name. Once set press Close to continue.

Windows 95 Time Zone
Windows 95 Time Zone

Here you can set your time zone and date. There are 2 tabs here. One for the time zone and another one for the Date & Time. Once you are ready press Close to continue.

Adding a printer or not?

Windows 95 Adding Printer
Windows 95 Adding Printer

If you want to add a Printer to your Windows 95 installation you can set it here. What I did was press Next and then it show me a list of printers to select. I press the Cancel button and the installation continues without a printer. I think you can press Cancel here to ignore the printer installation and continue.

Windows 95 Installation Finish Rebooting
Windows 95 Installation Finish Rebooting

We are finished. Press OK to reboot the system.

Windows 95 Network Password
Windows 95 Network Password

Once the system return, you will get the above screen. You can press Cancel or the X button to ignore this and continue.

Windows 95 More Info Needed
Windows 95 More Info Needed

Your windows 95 is almost ready. Click Next to continue.

Windows 95 Installing Internet Explorer
Windows 95 Installing Internet Explorer

It is installing Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 on your system. Give it the time till it finishes.

Windows 95 IE Restart
Windows 95 IE Restart

Another reboot is needed to finish the installation of Internet Explorer. Press OK to restart.

Windows 95 Ready For Use
Windows 95 Ready For Use

Welcome to Windows 95. Now your system is read and out how to install Windows 95 guide is over. Again, if you have any questions or comments, please use our contact page to reach out.

Thank you!

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