Windows 95 takes longer to boot the more you use it

June 23, 2014 at 08:58:41
Specs: Windows 7
I noticed this whether I install it under real or virtual setups. For example, when I first start Windows 95 (after the setup finishes and I see the desktop for the first time) the Windows A screen will be up for only 5 seconds and then it's right to the desktop. About a week later, after installing drivers and other programs, the Windows 95 screen stays up for like 20 seconds and then it goes to the desktop.

Anyone else ever noticed this?


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#1
June 23, 2014 at 09:35:38
From what I recall Windows 95 memory management left a lot to be desired. Windows 98SE was a lot better.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
June 23, 2014 at 15:27:48
"About a week later, after installing drivers and other programs, the Windows 95 screen stays up for like 20 seconds and then it goes to the desktop"

Have you considered that whatever it is you've installed is loading at startup & slowing the boot up time? Win95 doesn't have MSCONFIG but you might wanna have a look at this program:

https://web.archive.org/web/2013110...

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#3
June 23, 2014 at 20:43:39
What are the specs on the machine you use for the 'non' virtual installation?

You can copy the msconfig files from a 98 disk (or I think there were some download sites for it) and use it on 95. Same with SCANREG.


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#4
July 1, 2014 at 21:56:35
I have the Gateway Solo 9100 and 9300 notebooks.

With Windows 95 installed, they both have minor delays at boot up due to:

1) ESS audio driver that loads in DOS mode right after the "Starting Windows 95" message

2) PCMCIA driver and Orinoco Gold wireless card which loads in DOS mode, also right after the "Starting Windows 95" message

Windows 98 would experience these delays as well. My experience from the 2002-2006 period of increasing broadband availability has been that Windows 9x loads ethernet and wireless 802.11x network cards slower than NT based versions of Windows.

Such is the compromise of being able to use old software and hardware witth DOS based operating systems.

http://sdfox7.com


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#5
July 2, 2014 at 00:12:57
I noticed that too. It always acted as though it was searching for a connection. Yet, if you did a fresh install and 98 already had the drivers that didn't happen. It was only when the drivers were installed later that it would take longer to boot up. There was something in the way the original install set everything up and I never could figure out how to mimic that when I installed the drivers later.

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