ARCHIVED: For Microsoft Windows 95, what are the minimum system requirements?

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Note: UITS recommends that you use a current version of Windows on computers connected to the Indiana University network; see Recommended Windows operating systems at IU.

The minimum hardware requirements for Microsoft Windows 95 are:

  • A personal 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 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
  • Modem/fax modem
  • Audio card/speakers for sound

System requirements for Windows 95-based programs may exceed the minimum system requirements described above. To get the full benefits of preemptive multitasking, you need to use 32-bit Windows-based programs, such as those products bearing the "Designed for Windows 95" logo.

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