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December 10, 2020 at 12:52:35
Specs: windows95
i am trying to build a windows95 computer, what hardware can i get away with to make it work? Can I do i t on a Pentium 4 ? or AMD equivalent?
What would be the maximum hard drive space? partition of 2 gb or less? Can I also use Sata drive (ssd or convenional) or does it have to be Ide?

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December 10, 2020 at 13:14:50
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December 10, 2020 at 13:39:06
Hard disk is maxed out at 2Gig if fat 16; and if using fat 32 then noticeably greater

‘95OSR2 was the fat32 version..

‘’95 is Ok with upto 512Meg RAM, although there are tweaks to allow it use 1Gig and maybe more...

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December 10, 2020 at 14:42:31
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As trvlr mentioned, it depends on which version of Win95 (there were several: original, original + SP1, OSR2.1, OSR2.5). Avoid SATA (unless there are specific drivers...highly unlikely). SSD IDE may or may not work (but unlikely you'll find one small enough). Stick to machines under 350MHz if AMD ( ). A P4 would likely give several issues (but you could still try). Maximum HDD size was 32GB (without tweaking).

MSFN is a great location to derive more'll find nothing about Win9x from Microsoft.

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December 10, 2020 at 18:55:18
You might be able to use a SATA HDD if you change the SATA setting in the BIOS to IDE Mode.

512MB is max RAM unless you edit the vcache setting in the system.ini file. You'd have to have 512MB RAM (or less) installed during the Win95 installation. After it's installed, edit the vcache settings, then install 1GB.

There was a patch that had to be installed to be able to run an AMD K6-2 CPU at 350MHz or higher. I'm not sure if the patch is required for newer AMD CPUs but assuming it is, you'd have to temporarily install a CPU clocked under 350MHz, install Win95, install the patch, then swap to a higher clocked CPU. Back in the good old days, AMD, Intel, Cyrix, etc used the same CPU socket (socket 7) so you could change CPU brands without changing boards. Those were the days....

Rather than going thru all these workarounds, why not install a different OS then run Win95 in a virtual machine?

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December 10, 2020 at 22:20:27
There was a poster here, LoneCrusader, who had organized all the patches for 9x to run on pentium boards with large RAM and fast CPUs. I think he was selling it so no one was really interested. All his stuff was on the msfn site that T-R-A mentioned. You might do searches associated with his name for more info.

By simply modifying some startup files you could get 98 to run with a gig of RAM. I never tried it with 95 but I suppose it would work there too.

Drivers are a separate issue. If manufacturers didn't write 9x drivers for hardware you want to use, the hardware may not work.

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December 13, 2020 at 01:51:12
Why win95? Do you need to run legacy software on a separate machine continuously?

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