Happy Birthday, Windows 95

Bill Gates presenting Windows 95 on this day in 1995. According to Getty “the presentation, which included demonstrations of the software and a carnival, was attended by 500 journalists, 2000 guests, and 9000 Microsoft employees.”
Bill Gates presenting Windows 95 on this day in 1995. According to Getty “the presentation, which included demonstrations of the software and a carnival, was attended by 500 journalists, 2000 guests, and 9000 Microsoft employees.”
Photo: AFP/Stringer (Getty Images)

As of today, Windows 95—the first of the “modern” Microsoft OSes—is a quarter-century old. Happy birthday old friend.

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We could, of course, take this opportunity to recount the myriad features of 95 that would become staples of Windowses to come: the huge graphical improvements over 3.1, the start button and task bar, file shortcuts, plug-and-play detection of peripherals. Or we could wax lyrical about how much of my childhood unfolded on a 20-pound CRT monitor. Despite ending support almost 20 years ago, Windows 95 continues to persist out in the wild (though we don’t advise running it for anything other than maybe a retro gaming PC.)

Scratch all that though. It’s not a birthday party without a song, and Windows 95 happens to have one of the best, composed by the incomparable Brian Eno:

God that feels good to hear again.

Dear reader, may the sound of nostalgia bring you tranquility.

Correction: the “bliss” wallpaper was stock for Windows XP, a thing which Windows 95 is not.

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