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Windows 95 PC Desktops and All-in-One Computers

Prior to the release of Windows 95, people interacted with their computers for the desktop primarily via the "Command" line and their knowledge of DOS commands. Instead of using the "Command" line, Microsoft designed Windows 95 to run as a graphical user interface (GUI) on top of DOS or OS/2. With this version of Windows, Microsoft introduced desktop computer users to the "Start" button and to point and click with a mouse; this program also introduced many other features that are still considered core parts of the modern operating system (OS).

What sets Windows 95 desktops or all-in-ones apart?

There are several reasons why it would make sense to purchase a Windows 95 desktop or all-in-one (AIO) desktop in current times.

  • Older Windows-based desktop computers may be considered collectibles.
  • Some computer programs can only run using Windows 95 software. Microsoft later included compatibility mode in current versions of Windows developed for the desktop. However, compatibility mode does not always work correctly for software designed for older versions of Windows.
  • Newer computer systems may not be compatible with hardware from the Windows 95 era. For example, if you have a 3.5-inch floppy disk, you may not be able to find a drive you can use to read it on a modern computer.
What specifications should you seek in such a computer system?

The recommended requirements should be viewed as the minimum ones that are necessary for an acceptable user experience. The minimum and recommended requirements for Microsoft Windows 95 are listed below:

  • CPU, Minimum: Intel 80386DX CPU of any speed. Microsoft recommends that you have an 80486 or Pentium-based CPU.
  • RAM, Minimum: 4 MB. Microsoft recommended 8 MB or more. Windows may not boot on systems with more than 480 MB of RAM.
  • Disk, Minimum: 50 to 55 MB of free hard disk space. Microsoft recommends 200 MB, depending on the options selected. Windows may not be able to access drives over 32 GB in size.
What should you look for when purchasing additional components?

The connections and architecture associated with hardware in a vintage Windows 95 are different from modern computers for the desktop. Many desktop PCs from that era used IDE or EIDE hard disks. You may also wish to purchase a CD-ROM drive or floppy disk drive, but make sure that whatever accessories you purchase have the appropriate type of connector that is compatible with your computer.

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