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What did people do when Windows 95 came out?

  1. #21


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    I remember the Win95 launch well. It was heavily advertised by MS on normal advertising venues like TV and print ad in normal magazines like Pop Mechanics. It installed very well, looked beautiful, and I remember playing with the built in Media player my first "streaming" music video. It was a show off to all who would listen to my accolades. I loved it!

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  2. #22


    I was a Windows 95 Beta tester. Never could make DOS work ... don't have the memory ability for all those commands. Windows 95 worked for me. Didn't need to remember what to type ... just find the "icon" or "thumnail" ... click and go. Great for a "visual Learner". One of my first challenges was getting "Descent" to run ...
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  3. #23


    Going to Windows 95 was certainly a big change. For me, I didn't heavily use Windows prior to Windows95. While I had Windows 3.1, I preferred to do as much stuff as I could within DOS. Yes, I said DOS. For example, I used Word Perfect 5 for DOS and it was like a GUI, but was text based.

    The beauty back in the days of Windows 3.1 and DOS was that system backups were unbelievably easy as you didn't have a registry or anything complicated like that. Literally, you could backup your C:\windows directory (~30MB) to another folder, external device, tape drive, etc.... Then, if your corrupted everything in Windows, you could simply replace C:\windows with your backup copy and it was all back to the way that it was.

    Another great thing was fact that you could boot to DOS for fast boots. If you wanted to run windows, you ran win and it would boot up Windows.

    A good friend of mine in college got Windows 95 when it first came out. He installed it onto his Pentium 66 computer, with 16MB of RAM and a 540MB SCSI hard disk (was approx a $4,000 system) in 1995. This machine at the time was an absolute beast.
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  4. #24


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Going to Windows 95 was certainly a big change. For me, I didn't heavily use Windows prior to Windows95. While I had Windows 3.1, I preferred to do as much stuff as I could within DOS. Yes, I said DOS. For example, I used Word Perfect 5 for DOS and it was like a GUI, but was text based.

    The beauty back in the days of Windows 3.1 and DOS was that system backups were unbelievably easy as you didn't have a registry or anything complicated like that. Literally, you could backup your C:\windows directory (~30MB) to another folder, external device, tape drive, etc.... Then, if your corrupted everything in Windows, you could simply replace C:\windows with your backup copy and it was all back to the way that it was.

    Another great thing was fact that you could boot to DOS for fast boots. If you wanted to run windows, you ran win and it would boot up Windows.

    A good friend of mine in college got Windows 95 when it first came out. He installed it onto his Pentium 66 computer, with 16MB of RAM and a 540MB SCSI hard disk (was approx a $4,000 system) in 1995. This machine at the time was an absolute beast.
    $4,000!!! Wow, and I'm complaining about a 4TB hard drive costing $300 when a 3TB hard drive is a hundred less...
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  5. #25


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    So in general, the transition from Windows 3.11 to 95 was fairly smooth after you learned how to use it?

    And if you went from DOS to 95, that, I would assume, was a big deal.
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  6. #26


    Be happy with prices today. When i updated my 486SX-25 from 4MB of RAM to 20MB of RAM by adding a 16MB SIMM chip, it was a $300 upgrade.

    And I still have the receipt from the upgrade that I did from my 170MB Connor hard drive to my whopping 730MB Western Digital hard drive for $359...and that was the lowest price I could find then.
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  7. #27


    North Wales
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    My first Windows machine was a Pentium 75 (with the the floating-point bug!). It was big (full tower) and beautiful!
    After a Dragon 64 and a Commodore, it was a delight - I was still using DOS-based machines at work.... anything from a Commodore PET to x486's to Amstrads.
    IIRC I was in Singapore when Win95 was released (although it might have been Win98 - I spent a lot of time out there around that period) and remember the midnight launch parties - I had intended to turn up to one, but work overran, and by the time I was done, I was too knackered to go out
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  8. #28


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    It kind of sucks that nowadays, there aren't the massive launch parties or people waiting outside for a new product. People nowadays sell their kidneys and wait in a few days advance for a giant itouch that did nothing better than the one before.....odd.
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  9. #29


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    W2K8S R2 STD, W7 ULTIMATE X64


    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    So in general, the transition from Windows 3.11 to 95 was fairly smooth after you learned how to use it?

    And if you went from DOS to 95, that, I would assume, was a big deal.
    Coming from DOS or even W3.xx and going to W95 was a major step for everyone I would think. Steep learning curve too but if you wanted to keep up with things you just had no choice.

    Come to think of it those were the days of really busy helpdesks. Being knowledgeable on registry stuff and how to make so called plug&play stuff (plug & pray as we called it) work as it should got you lots of respect from colleagues. Pretty gratifying jobs back in those days.
    Nowadays it all childs play really. Well, almost....

    Cheers,
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  10. #30


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    Quote Originally Posted by fdegrove View Post

    Come to think of it those were the days of really busy helpdesks. Being knowledgeable on registry stuff and how to make so called plug&play stuff (plug & pray as we called it) work as it should got you lots of respect from colleagues. Pretty gratifying jobs back in those days.
    Nowadays it all childs play really. Well, almost....

    Cheers,
    It was a little before my time but I was old enough to vaguely remember seeing the news showing folks at Best Buy and other stores waiting to get in to buy Win 95. I even remember that I saw one story where they had the whole MS team (team Geek!) in Redmond being interviewed along with Bill Gates and Paul Allen as well, they were really enthusiastic and obviously happy times back then. I wish I could remember which network has this news package I'd love to see it again. Very exciting times.


    It might be a little off topic but care to tell us a little more about your experiences helping folks back then? Sounds like an interesting offshoot of this thread. What made P&P so random back then exactly? You figure it would be simpler because there was a lot less hardware to choose from back then.
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