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Availability of the Windows 95 Year 2000 Update


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 95 OEM Service Release, versions 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 2.5


This article contains information about the availability of the Microsoft Windows 95 Year 2000 Update.


The Windows 95 Year 2000 Update provides replacement files to correct known year 2000 (Y2K) issues with the Windows 95 and Windows 95 OEM Service Release (OSR) versions 1, 2, 2.1, and 2.5 operating systems.

The update can also upgrade the currently installed version of Microsoft Internet Explorer to address known year 2000 issues.

The following areas of Windows 95 are updated when you install the Microsoft Windows 95 Year 2000 Update:

  • Find "File or Folders"
  • Windows File Manager
  • Command Interpreter
  • Date/Time Picker
  • Phone Dialer applet
  • Time and Date Control Panel applet
  • DHCP Virtual Driver
  • Microsoft Foundation Class Library
  • DOS Xcopy
  • Microsoft Runtime Library file
  • Ole Automation

The following areas of Internet Explorer are updated when you install Internet Explorer version 4.01 Service Pack 2:

  • Microsoft Virtual Machine
  • Microsoft Wallet
  • Microsoft Data Access

In Internet Explorer 3.x, there are fixes for 2-digit cookies, off-line browsing of pages with 2-digit years, and file dates on browsed file transfer protocol (FTP) servers.

The following values are placed in the registry by the Microsoft Windows 95 Year 2000 Update (w95y2k.exe). Any future releases of the update that may be necessary will have a different version number, and will show up under a new key (different GUID beneath Installed Components):


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{6c5f5810-c55e-11d2-9213-006008b3ae99}


   Value Name   Value Type  Value Data
   (Default)    REG_SZ      "Windows 95 Year 2000 Update"
   IsInstalled  REG_DWORD   1
   Locale       REG_SZ      "EN"
   Version      REG_SZ      "" 




   Value Name   Value Type  Value Data
   Updates      REG_SZ      "Year 2000 Update for Windows 95" 

For detailed information about the issues addressed in this update and the installation options, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q225053 Microsoft Windows 95 Year 2000 Update Readme File

To obtain this update, use the appropriate method:

Updating a Computer with Internet Connectivity

You can download the update from the following Microsoft Web site:

Updating a Computer Without Internet Connectivity

If you need to update a computer without Internet connectivity, you can order the Windows 95 Year 2000 Update on CD-ROM by calling 1-888-MSFT-Y2K. The CD-ROM is supplied at no charge.

For more information about how Microsoft products are affected by year 2000 (Y2K) issues, please see the following Microsoft World Wide Web site:

Additional query words: Y2K

Keywords : kbYear2000 win95
Issue type : kbinfo
Technology : kbWin95search kbOPKSearch kbWin95 kbWin95OPKOSR25 kbWin95OPKOSR210

Last Reviewed: June 13, 2001
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