Windows 95 RTM



  • @SomeGuy product type inside SETUPPP.INF is 3 (retail upgrade floppy), CCP=1 (existing product required). However, notice how there's about 200KB free on every disk, suggesting this was perhaps originally a 1.2MB version. The presence of MSBATCH.INF with ProductType=1 could be either Microsoft issuing this for some special purpose (they used to do this with MSDN releases, for example) or someone else adding it to bypass any product type restrictions.
  • The 3.5" uploaded to WinWorld is probably a internal MS CD that doesn't need the key, it's definitely not OEM.

    Interesting one is the DMF format which doesn't include the MSBATCH.INF, my theory is that it's the real consumer retail DMF copy.

    Type 4 in the MSBATCH.INF performs the same function as with not having the file but I believe there's more to it.
  • Windows 95 Italian OEM 3,5" DMF uploaded now: 95 3,5"%20DMF%20(OEM)/?id=16903
  • In the German Retail Full Floppy version there is a damaged .cab file on diskette 2.
  • It tests ok for me. Note that these are DMF formatted disk, so you must use a floppy drive or emulator that supports DMF disks.
  • Does it work with Limbo PC Emulator?
  • "Does it work with Limbo PC Emulator? "

    I have used it before, and it worked, though it can be difficult to use at times because you need to use fdisk and the sort.
  • No version works. Just gives me "While initializing IOS: Windows Protection Error. You need to restart your computer.". I've tried everything, nothing works.
  • @Bigpeepeemoment
    If you're installing in VMware or VirtualBox you need to apply this patch:
    or use 86Box/PCem instead.
  • Multiple versions of Windows 95 and debugging symbols (latter are dated August 9 1996, but OSR2 is dated August 23) in this package:
  • The VMware VM is actually OSR2
  • Please! If somoeone spots a ISO that asks for a Retail key instead of a OEM one let me know!!!!!
  • edited December 2021
    I believe Microsoft never released a retail full CD-ROM version.

    The reason being, most computers of the day could not boot from CD or reliably use a single common DOS mode driver. This made it impossible for a normal user to install on to a blank system without a lot of trouble.

    Therefore, the retail full RTM was only released on DMF floppy disks. The Windows 95 Upgrade CD-ROM assumes the user has an existing Windows 3.1 install with a functional DOS mode CD-ROM driver appropriate for the specific drive.

    Of course, on hardware of the day it was always a much, much better idea to copy the setup files, from either floppy or CD, to a folder on the hard drive and run setup from there.
  • 24796-OEM-0014736-66386
    Or Use a OSR 2.x OEM Key
  • Please help me!!! I cannot install the Soundblaster Driver on Windows 95 and I have tried about 10 times!Is there anybody know how to solve this terrible problem?A sound driver is a must for me and I need to repair it soon!I'd be really thankful if you can help me.
  • Is Windows 95 OEM RTM supposed to not come with 3D screensavers?
  • Windows 95 RTM (Retail full or Retail upgrade) was also released as 1.44MB (Non DMF) by mail order.
    (Total disks are 21 for Retail Upgrade without Boot Disk, 22 for Retail Full with Boot Disk)

    This is already sold.

    What's interesting is that the 3.5" 1.44MB (Non-DMF) type has the same number of diskettes and contents as the 5.25" 1.2MB.
  • 809-0026382 use windows 95 keys
  • Windows 95 RTM media available only through Microsoft Mail Order has been identified as:

    1. Microsoft Windows 95 Retail (Full)
    *5.25" 1.2MB 22EA (1 Boot Disk + 21 Disks)
    *3.5" 1.44MB (Non-DMF) 22EA (1 Boot Disk + 21 Disks)

    2. Microsoft Windows 95 Retail (Upgrade)
    *5.25" 1.2MB 21EA (21 Disks)
    *3.5" 1.44MB (Non-DMF) 21EA (21 Disks)

    Among these, I obtained the Retail Full version and uploaded the file list and screenshots.

    *5.25" 1.2MB

    *3.5" 1.44MB (Non-DMF)

    Here, Non-DMF is a standard capacity DMF that is not initialized to 1.68MB.
    This means 1.44MB media.

    In general, Microsoft releases Windows 95 as a retail version (Full or Upgrade) in the DMF (1.68MB) type, and only on CD-ROM.
    It was released as an upgraded version.
  • Windows 95 [Spanish] non-OEM ISO appears to be corrupt somehow. File list can be viewed, but trying to copy or execute anything results in "bad command or filename". Tested in VMware.
  • Thanks for pointing that out. It's a crappy home-made ISO that only includes the setup folder. It probably originated on BA.

    Looking at it... it only has an ISO file system but the file names are in lower case. That is invalid, and won't work in MS-DOS.

    I'll remove that one when I get a chance.

    The smaller 95 downloads that are marked as Archive rather than CD ISO are all crap and need to be replaced with better re-dumps.
  • @SomeGuy
    Non-DMF Floppy version has me stuck in a reboot loop
  • Hi @Keven I saw your issue regarding the installation of Soundblaster Driver while searching for Windows 95, and I have found a solution. If you need it, please send me an email. Email me I will send you the driver,This driver can run on Windows 95.
  • edited May 13
    I installed Windows 95 RTM (OEM) ISO and it didn't have the chimes, chord, ding, and tada.wav sounds.
    Where can I get these sounds?
  • Go in to add-remove programs to the windows setup tab and make sure all components are selected. The sample sounds and sound schemes are an optional component.
  • For those who can't activate RTM (OEM), here's the product key I found from the video
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