Win95 - really great. But it's boring.

Microsoft Windows 95
July 7, 2010 at 14:49:20
Specs: Windows 3.11, 256
Took home an old computer to see how Win95 does nowadays.

At 256mb of RAM the resource meter has difficulty getting below 90%. Used the built in IE3 that was bundled with it on broadband. Fast install, fast boot, fast internet and solid.

When you have a lot of RAM (Win95 was typically installed 16mb in the old days for average off the shelf sales) every old system seems capable of being a handy back-up for getting on the net to get files should your current system have problems.

Frankly, I'm astounded at the ease of setup compared to today. So my question is: Does anyone else have a system with Win 9x on it for a backup system? It's too boring for any regular use because you are pretty much relegated to the Lynx Browser and the other texty internet tools nowadays with it.

BTW. I like my Win 3.11 system far more - it is more fun to tweak. Win95 is dull for the guy who likes to tinker. Too easy I guess.

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July 7, 2010 at 16:06:51
Still have my ole W98SE up and running, although I generally use XP or Vista. Opera browser still works on W98SE, with updates, but probably not on W95 (dunno - haven't checked).

Gotta feeling I keep W98SE as a nostalgia binge but the kids like the old games I have on board.

It only really falls down badly because nobody writes software for it any more, otherwise it can do most things I do on XP.

Google is NOT the only Search Engine!

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July 7, 2010 at 17:30:23
It only really falls down badly because nobody writes software for it any more...

They don't really need to. If you have Win95/98 there are so many programs and abandonware from that period to last a lifetime. That goes for win 3.11 as well.

This site has tons and tons and tons. Too much to get through it all. I downloaded one CD directory using HTTRACK and I haven't finished browsing it.

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July 8, 2010 at 06:55:45
If you have a copy of WinME or Win98SE AND Win95, get a copy of 98lite & play around with it. Try the "sleek" install:

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July 10, 2010 at 12:02:44
I have a Gateway 2000 Solo (the ORIGINAL) from February 1996 that has Windows for Workgroups 3.11. With 120MHz Pentium processor and 40MB RAM and 1GB hard disk drive, it was state-of-the-art in its day, and the original battery still holds a full charge. They certainly don't make them like they used to!

Here's another great website with abandonware:

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July 27, 2010 at 10:59:06
I have a compaq presario from a friend running 98se stored in the crawl space. it has 320 MB of ram and I believe it has either an 8 or 9 GB hard drive. it also has a dvd rom drive and an Iomega zip drive. it still gets on the internet ok with IE6. it is a 466 MHz pentium III. I have even tried to use certain parts of it like the multimedia keyboard but it is too old to have xp drivers.

for another site to add to the abandonware source list, it is slow and the connection is already overcrowded, you have to pay for unlimited downloads, the free limit is one a day, and you need to keep your "karma" up to download, but at least i found a workaround for the karma problem. you only have to reset your accounts password and the karma should go to zero which is high enough to allow you to download again. (untested)

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