My Windows 95 Post-Install Guide
To be completely frank, I’ve never really spent a lot of one-on-one
time with Windows 95.
Using it doesn’t evoke any sense of nostalgia,
and as a Win98 veteran I don’t really see it as a go to.
original OS that was running on my Toshiba Tecra 540CDT, and since
moving back to 95 from 98SE it performs so much better. We’re talking
about a system with 32MB of RAM and a Pentium.
The purpose of this
guide is to provide some advice on what *I* like to do after a fresh
install of Windows 95. What this is not
is a guide on how to install
Windows 95, or how to set it up so it works in your virtual machine.
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Another thing worth mentioning is this guide is not meant to be
followed step by step.
If you’re installing on a 486 with 16MB of ram
for example, you might be better off skipping a few of these steps.
me know what works for you and what doesn’t!
There are a thousand guides on how to install Windows 9x scattered
around the web, try this one on for size.
Once you have a fresh install
of Windows 95C OSR 2.5, I’ll copy over all my drivers to c:\drivers for
easy access. If you don’t have a CD drive or Floppy drive to copy
drivers from, then I just remove the hard drive from the machine and
put it into my USB to IDE adapter and copy them manually from my Mac.
It shouldn’t really matter what order you install drivers in generally
speaking – although let’s say you have a PCMCIA network card in a
laptop, you will need to make sure that you have the drivers for your
PCMCIA chipset installed. Otherwise you will find yourself in a wild
goose chase. You should be fine though as most chipsets will be Plug
Once you’ve installed all of your drivers, enable DMA on your Hard
Drive/CD ROM drive. Make sure it’s supported though!
To catch up with the latest updates, Install the OSR2 Service Pack, This will
install most updates from Microsoft along with some
nice unofficial ones as well. If you’re really concerned about updating
you can always try manually installing the ones that you need from this
collection on Archive.org.
For a Web Browser, install Internet
Explorer 5.5 SP2 or if you’re so
inclined – It’s a shitty web browser so I don’t bother. You should try
something like RetroZilla
Opera 10.10 is
decent option but will need WinSock
2.0. Don’t expect to be able to
access anything modern though.
I like to set up my SeaMonkey95 with
theoldnet.com’s proxy service
and RetroZilla for everything else.
I like to install WinRAR 3.80. A
good file extractor is a must have for
Update to DirectX 8.0a
if you think you might need it. I usually leave
it as it is. If a game really needs a newer version it will generally
have it packaged with the rest of the setup process.
You want USB support? Of course you do, it is 2021 so go
ahead and install the eXtended
Supplement Drivers! This will not give
you USB 2.0 though. If you want USB 2.0 what are you doing installing
Windows 95? Go run Windows 98SE or 2000 you maniac!
Once you get some USB Support you can grab the USB Flash Drive
from ToastyTech.com, It won’t work with every USB Drive so it can be a
bit hit and miss. My old 2GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro from around 2006
doesn’t work but my 8GB Toshiba from 2016 works fine.
If your system can handle it, try Daemon Tools 2.70. It
will let you
mount CD disk images like iso files, saving you from having to burn
your game backups. It usually doesn’t work with CD Audio though.
Use PS2Rate to change the
polling rate of your PS/2 mouse. I set mine
to somewhere between 60 and 100Hz, it’ll really smooth out games and
general use. Microsoft IntelliPoint is another great addition
especially if you’re using a PS/2 mouse.
Install Cacheman 4.1 to improve
system performance and stability.
I like having an Office suite on all of my machines – for Win95 I will
install Office 97 or Office 95. I also like the Plus! Pack installed as
And that’s about it for now! If you have any suggestions or think
something that I'm doing is stupid, please let me know.