Windows 95 is 25 years old today

Can you believe that it is 25 years TODAY since Windows 95 came out?

I remember what a big deal it was. It was fantastic compared to WIndows 3.11 for Workgroups. That was the beginning of me slowly forgetting the old DOS commands…

I think there was even a Weezer video on the install disc :stuck_out_tongue:

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Wiindows 95 was my first OS! My pops brought home a Packard Bell with alllll the beige trimmings. I’ll always remember the first thing that popped up on the screen after we unboxed it, hooked it up and booted it was instructions on… how to unbox it :man_shrugging:

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I’ve never owned a machine that was commercially built… my first PC was a beige box assembled by the then local computer company for too much money. It was running Windows 3.11 for Workgroups and I remember loading Windows 95 from floppies I borrowed from my wealthy best friend because I was a poor university student and I pirated it initially. Eventually I had the money to acquire my own license as well as my own license of MS Office, bought at a student discount from the university bookstore. That PC lasted me until I moved half way across the country where I found my first serious job and built my own DIY PC with a CDROM to load Windows 98 on.

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If I remember right, I bought a new PC with it already installed… But back then, they gave you the software disk. So, you could erase and reinstall it if need be…

That computer was made by Quantex. I loved that brand… Too bad they went belly up when the internet bubble burst…

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I remember Quantex. Was a pretty decent brand.
My first Win 95 box was a Packard Bell. I took that to college. After a couple of years, I bought parts and built my own system that ran Win 98. I think I built a couple more systems before giving up and going back to commercial systems. Just wasn’t worth the time and energy to build/troubleshoot/etc when I could get a decent system for a decent price already done.

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Packard Bell was not really that high in reliability, at least in the magazine reviews for reliability and customer service. They were always at the bottom.

I had a friend with a Quantex, and I bought one later. They were great, and cheaper than a lot of other companies. I also had a Midwest Micro 486, which I later upgraded with a new motherboard.

Also had a Micron. They were awesome. A shame they no longer sell computers.

I used to love the Computer Shopper magazine. You could spend hours flipping thru that…

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2 inches of pure tech browsing!!!

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Building a PC was so much more involved back in the day! Jumpers and IRQ settings and all sorts of obscure things no one thinks about today. Kids these days have it easy :joy:

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I forgot about all that. Yes, IRQs were a pain in the butt…

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If you never ran a large multi-line BBS you don’t know the half of it :wink: I used to be a co-owner in a 10 line TBBS system. All the mucking about with IRQs for all those serial lines… shiver I’m trying to remember the name of the company that made those multi-port serial cards… I presume the invention of USB killed them.

I guess they’re still alive, but have morphed somewhat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digi_International

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That was an hard OS for me since it was my 1st true GUIF OS computer. I lived dos since i was born in 1982. 1995 was my end to DOS and Nintendo. Once i learned Windows 95 i was on my way to becoming a geek.

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