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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:
https://vetusware.com/download/Windows 95 3,5
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.
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.
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