When Windows 95 hit the PC world it was a huge leap in PC operating systems,
prior to windows 95, Windows 3.0 – 3.1 (1990–1994) was already outdated and mainly based on the DOS system, my self growing up through these times and personally experiencing the tech race from early 80's till today in 2020 is something that can never be taken away from me.
When Windows 95 was released I would say most people would have had to upgrade the old 286 or 386 PC's to run Windows 95 below are the system requirements needed to run windows 95
Computer with a 386DX, 20MHz or higher processor, running the MS-DOS operating system version 3.2 or later, or running Microsoft Windows version 3.0 or later, or running OS/2 version 2.0 or later
Note: Do not install Windows 95 on a computer with a B1 (stepping) chip.
4MB of memory (8MB recommended)
At least 70MB of available hard disk space for installation
Actual requirements may vary based on the features you choose to install. UITS recommends that you keep at least 10% of the drive free to reduce errors and fragmentation; therefore, on a 1GB drive, keep 100MB free.
One 3.5" high-density disk drive or a CD-ROM drive
VGA or higher resolution graphics card
Options, some of which are required by applications, include:
Mouse or compatible pointing device
Audio card/speakers for sound
At this point in time, we only had Pentium one chips available which were quick for its time, as Pentium 2 was released in 1997 and Pentium 3 which brought forward the CPU power of its time was released 1999.
Do not get me wrong windows 95 did have its flaws, due to limitation of the technology of its time, with Bluescreens and errors from software incompatibility as well most games still running on DOS we had to get workarounds to get most games working was a hassle but we made it work.
We wanted to thank Microsoft for the many years of fun of reinstalling the operating system when it crashed, not booting when we wanted it to as well giving us the tools to becoming in home coders to resolve issues as well having multiple driver issues with hardware, but enough of the issues, till today those days for us growing up and becoming the PC master Race we are today were the best years growing up.
Did you grow up with Windows 95? what are your most fond moments with the operating system?