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14-08-2002, 10:51 AM
This question relates to limitations that Win 95 had when it was first released before any service packs. I know the it didn't have USB support, and I don't think it had AGP support. can you please let me know of any other ones. Annoyances.com gave me nothing.


For the record it is for a very important assignment (as all assigments are important)


Elwin Way
14-08-2002, 10:57 AM
I think if I remember rightly (correct me if I'm wrong) W95 had a hard disk 3gb limit and 512mb memory limit

14-08-2002, 12:13 PM

i always find it ammuseing the amount of old wives tales there is with pc's

mates pc has 4gig hd drive, agp, matrox agp video card and came out with w95 factory standard.

you can get usb for win95 tho the only pc's i've seen with win95&usb they never bothered to use the usb! from what i understand its a bit dodgy.

ram wise, win95 can address up to 2gig(roughly, in real life it has a few probs once it gets above 1gig)

but, think about this for a mo, when 95 was king(pre win98) how many pc motherboards could take more than 512meg? not many. how many peopple could have aforded to pay for 512meg ram? even less.

don't confuse hardware limits with software limits.

Elwin Way
14-08-2002, 12:29 PM
Aha. Thanks for clearing that up.

The confusion probably comes from OEMs who make PC's specifically for windows. So when one says you can only install 512m RAM, but don't say why, one is led to assumptions.

Think too, that windows uses a swap file. Does that have a physical limit apart from harddrive size?

14-08-2002, 12:50 PM
Tweak you wouldn't happen to know where I could find out how many copies of Windows 95 was sold in the first month of its release,

In fact you would happen to know any interesting facts about it would you. Please saying win 95 is crap is common knowledge and I doubt it would get any marks for it.


14-08-2002, 01:02 PM
>where I could find out how many copies of Windows 95 was sold

no doubt microsoft will have that sort of info (the usual pro microsoft press release) let a search engine guide you :)

Terry Porritt
14-08-2002, 02:04 PM
Windows 95a first release was limited to FAT16 system, so as tweake said hard drive limit was 2GB.

FAT32 appeared with the OEM OSR2 version.

Win95C had IE4 and an active desk top like Win98.

Probably lots of other limitations with Win95a, if I remember I'll post them


14-08-2002, 02:05 PM
Thanks :)

14-08-2002, 02:22 PM
>so as tweake said hard drive limit was 2GB.

i don't think that was me but thx anyway ;\

this really shows up my limitations....i don't think i have ever used win95a (thankfully ;))

Graham L
14-08-2002, 05:10 PM
OSR2 was for OEM use only. It included USB, but I don't think it worked. But at that stage, the hardware wasn't working very well either.

16-08-2002, 06:12 PM
Hey Thanks all your help was appreciated. I have now completed the assignment. Just waiting on the results.


16-08-2002, 11:28 PM
I used Win95a for quite a few years .
Partition size just over 2gb.
As said memory wasn't much of a problem as who could afford over 512mb.
No usb.

usb was my first stumbling block and then progams that wanted 98 or greater.

Having moved on now I find I get sick of all the wizard for doing most tasks.
They have dumbed down things so much that it gets in the way if you know what you are doing.
Win95a was a great improvement over Win3.11. More so I think than Win95 to Win2000.