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 PostPost subject: Windows 95 on old hardware!        Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:45 pm 
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http://www.motherboardpoint.com/t141775-installing-win95-on-ancient-486-dos-laptop.html

People there are saying that it can't be done - but my first laptop, a ThinkPad from 1994, which came with a 486 CPU, 4MB RAM and a 100MB HDD, came with Windows 95 installed on it. Granted, I did blitz it and put DR-DOS 6 on it as soon as I got it home, but it came with Windows 95, and didn't actually take that long to boot.

Anyone else have any experience similar to this?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:17 am 
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i had windows 95 running on a 386, it took about 30 seconds to boot and ran like a dog but it worked, if you had 8 meg of ram then windows 95 would run ok.


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I had win95 on a pc with 2 GB hdd, 64 MB Ram and an 800 MHz intel cpu.. (that thing cost 30000 austrian shilling) but the preformence was awsome


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I had win95 on a pc with 2 GB hdd, 64 MB Ram and an 800 MHz intel cpu.. (that thing cost 30000 austrian shilling) but the preformence was awsome


The first machine I had that ran Windows 95 was a 486DX2 (about 25MHz) with 24MB RAM and 2 500MB HDDs. That was the hardware it was designed for.

The lowest spec. PC I ever have had Windows running on was an 8088 with 512MB or RAM, and I ran it from a 720KB floppy. It was Windows 1.01 with no mouse drivers, but it worked :) !

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My first Windows 95 PC was a Pentium 75MHz, with 8MB RAM, and 800MB Harddrive.

I even run Windows 95 on a IBM P70 (upgraded to 8MB RAM http://john.ccac.rwth-aachen.de:8000/alf/ps2_p70/ It worked, but the minimum installation took up almost the whole 60MB harddrive, så i switched back to Windows 3.1 later the same day.

A have a couple of 486 ThinkPads running Windows 95 gold. Runs fine

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My Dad used to run a 486 with 8MB RAM with Windows 95, and it didn't do too badly.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:56 pm 
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My Dad used to run a 486 with 8MB RAM with Windows 95, and it didn't do too badly.

My first Windows 95 PC was a 486DX2-66 with 8MB Ram too :), and it has a 30cm (12") modem card :D

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Ludacris wrote:
I had win95 on a pc with 2 GB hdd, 64 MB Ram and an 800 MHz intel cpu.. (that thing cost 30000 austrian shilling) but the preformence was awsome


The first machine I had that ran Windows 95 was a 486DX2 (about 25MHz) with 24MB RAM and 2 500MB HDDs. That was the hardware it was designed for.

The lowest spec. PC I ever have had Windows running on was an 8088 with 512MB or RAM, and I ran it from a 720KB floppy. It was Windows 1.01 with no mouse drivers, but it worked :) !


hehe.. i still remember those times.. I still was a LITTLE child, but my dad had an PC with it.. even with mouse support :O and an colour screen (it was win 2.x tough)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:27 pm 
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i don't use Win95 anymore but i used it on my Thinkpad 760EL: Pentium MMX@166MHz ans 64 Mb RAM


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In 2001 I've installed W95 on a IBM PS2/55 like this one :
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386 SX 16 4mo / 80mo hard drive. 2Hours to install with floppies (22 disks), 4second to have an explorer window and 2 second every caracter typed on the keyboard ;-) 4 minutes to boot.

Some people tried Windows XP on a 20Mhz processor :
http://www.winhistory.de/more/386/xp20.gif

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Baby AT Case
AT Power Supply (Manufactured by a company called "Solar Power", this has nothing to do with the sun's rays :P )
Baby AT Socket 3 Motherboard with AMI BIOS dated 1993 and an Opti Chipset
8 MB of RAM
AM486DX4-100 with heatsink and CPU fan
Trident SVGA ISA Video Card
Prime IIc multifunction card with one Floppy Disk Drive connecter, at least one IDE Connector, a 9 Pin Serial Port and Paralell port on the ISA Card, and a 25 Pin Serial Port and Game Port on a bracket with connectors that connected to the ISA Card
Mitsumi ISA Proprietary Card for the CD-ROM Drive (Removed when CD-ROM Drive was replaced)
ESS AudioDrive ISA Sound Card
Supra Branded 33.6 Baud Rate ISA Modem
Quad Speed Mitsumi Proprietary CD-ROM Drive (Later replaced with Toshiba 8x IDE CD-ROM Drive)
1.44 MB Teac Floppy Disk Drive
540 MB Conner CABO IDE Hard Drive (Seagate Branded, since it was manufactured after Seagate bought Conner)
SuperCOM SVGA Monitor
Mouse Systems AT Keyboard with PS/2 Adaptor and matching Serial Mouse (And an extra AST Advantage! PS/2 Keyboard with a PC Accessories Serial Mouse)
Labtec Speakers
Lexmark Printer (It used to have an EPSON Printer but for some reason it stopped working)
Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11 OEM Manual
Microsoft Works 3.0 for Windows OEM Manual
Microsoft Windows 95 Original (It used to even have the packaging and probably the CD-ROM as well. I still have the old Introducing Windows 95 Manual)
Microsoft Works for Windows 95

I still have most of the systems components, since I plan to get it working again.

The most primitive system I have that runs Windows 95 was a Leading Edge Laptop that used to have MS-DOS 5.0 on it but I upgraded it. Unfortunately, now it has a screen nick at the side of the screen but the system otherwise works fine, and the screen nick isn't big enough to cause a big problem.

386SX Procesor
4 MB of RAM
85 MB Hard Drive
Built in Keyboard with German Charactors stuck on to it
Microsoft Mouse 2.0A Serial
Built in (Passive Matrix???) Monochrome LCD screen
1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive
Phoenex ROM BIOS
Microsoft Windows 95 Codenamed Chicago Build 324 German

I've tried learning German this way! :P

I also had another old 486 system, which had MS-DOS 5.0 (Packard Bell OEM) and Windows 3.1 (Packard Bell OEM) when I got it, infact the original system was manufactured by Packard Bell, but when I got it, the guy who owned it had replaced so many components that the only remaining components were the DVE AT Power Supply (They were common in Packard Bell systems years ago), the Panasonic 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive, the Maxtor 203 MB IDE Hard Drive, and the Packard Bell VGA Monitor, which displayed things the same way a TV set would display things which wasn't good on my eyes, however I upgraded it to Windows 95, the Original version, from a Floppy Disk set that I have.

The specifications:
AT Case
DVA AT Power Supply
PC Chips AT Motherboard (One of those "Fake Cache" ripoff models 8-) )
16 MB of RAM manufactured by Siemens
AM486DX4-120 with heatsink and CPU Fan
Trident SVGA VESA/VL Bus Card
DTC Multi-Function VESA/VL Bus Card with one Floppy Disk Drive connector, two IDE connectors, a 9 Pin Serial Port and paralell port on the card, and a 25 Pin Serial Port and Game Port on a seperate bracket that was connected to the card using connectors which went to the ports
Sound Blaster 16 ISA Card
Gateway 2000 Telepath 28.8 Baud Rate ISA Card
Toshiba 16x IDE CD-ROM Drive
1.44 MB Panasonic Floppy Disk Drive
203 MB Maxtor IDE Hard Drive
Packard Bell VGA Monitor
MLi Stereo Speakers
ARC AT Keyboard with built in calculator
Microsoft Mouse 2.1A Serial
Labtec Microphone thing (Not a microphone, never figured out what it is)
Lexmark Printer
Windows 95 Original Upgrade (Upgraded from MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.1)

As you can see, I've used Windows 95 many times and still use it many times to this day on many of my PC's.


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I had it on a 486DX2 66MHz 12mb RAM. It ran well but as software developed more RAM had to be added to get good functionality, besides that speeds were always good enough at the time.

I have since ran it on an AMD Athlon XP 1600+, 384mb RAM and was a treat, very fast, only did this to run old games and it was brilliant.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:05 pm 
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I had windows 2000 running on a 133 with 32mb ram.. wasnt too bad either, was useable


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I very very long age Install Windows 95 B on Processor 66 mhz with 16 MB of Ram.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:03 am 
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I had windows 2000 running on a 133 with 32mb ram.. wasnt too bad either, was useable


2000 rocks. I had it on an old PC with 28MB RAM once, it ran faster than you would think but forget about doing very much at once. It seemed like running Winamp 2 was even a struggle. Mostly I just browsed the Internet one page at a time. The thing never crashed though.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:33 pm 
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My first Win95 machine was a Compaq LTE Elite Laptop.
486 75mhz
24 MB of RAM
500 MB hard drive (eventually upgraded to a 1 GB drive)

It obviosuly ran pretty well on hardware like that, but my real story is my grandma's machine.

Generic Beige Box
486 @ 40MHz (with a TURBO button to slow it down to 8Mhz)
4 MB RAM
?MB Hard Drive (I never bothered checking)

The box came with 3.1 but my uncle decided to upgrade her. It ran all of my shareware games just fine.


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Heh, I've just remembered something, I used to get told off (back in the 3.1 days) for running more than 2 programs at once!

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