Windows 95 *actual* minimum system requirements?

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Re: Windows 95 *actual* minimum system requirements?

Postby GigAHerZ » 2019-3-12 @ 19:39

oeuvre wrote:
GigAHerZ wrote:I've run Windows 95 on 386SX 20MHz, 8MB ram and some random 512k videocard on a 99MB HDD.

It was awfully slow, but it worked.


So how big of a masochist are you?


I wanted a null-modem serial/parallel cable to be used to mount network drive from another computer and i didn't have any knowledge other than windows 95 did it. (Mounted a network drive over COM/LPT cable) This way i had all the games, that were in the pentium machine in the other room, at my fingertips. (Played them directly over the cable)
Norton Commander was also able to link 2 computers, but it basically only supported tranferring files.

It was maybe 20 years ago or so as a kid. We didn't have resources to have latest computers with NIC cards or anything like that. Completely self made serial and parallel cables and very old computers that were given away almost for free. (10€ max in today's money without counting inflation)

Good times... still remember how i played Warcraft 2 and Doom 2 over the serial cable and wondered, what difference does a "baud rate" do... :D (It always just worked...)

That 386 was kind of amazing pc. It pretty much did everything i threw at it, the question was only about the speed. (or lack of :D )
"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - And i intend to get every last bit out of it even after loading every damn driver!
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Re: Windows 95 *actual* minimum system requirements?

Postby keenmaster486 » 2019-4-26 @ 13:08

After using the Thinkpad 365CD (5x86 100MHz, 24 MB RAM) with Windows 95 for a while, I think I've decided that, unless I can get Win95 to squeeze into less RAM at idle, it might be better to stick with Windows 3.1.

The reason for this? While Win95 works fine when you first load it, even for browsing the web with Netscape, after you open MS Office 97, if your document gets any longer than a few pages it starts delving into the swapfile and the system responsiveness goes to crap. Using WordPad mitigates this, but I don't really want to have to do that...

I have it dual booting with DOS/Win31. In Windows 3.1, yes, it's definitely not as stable, but everything works and it doesn't run out of memory when using larger Office documents (this is Office 4.3, of course). Maybe if I installed a previous version of Office on Win95, it would work better, but I wanted Office 97 for the modern .doc file compatibility.

This machine really *should* have more than 24 MB of RAM. It'd do well with 32 or maybe 40 megs - but I cannot upgrade it; it won't accept a larger RAM stick than 16 MB!! (there is a switch on the RAM board to select the size of the stick you've put in it. I got the correct type of RAM in a 32 MB stick, but there's no way to select 32 MB, and the system refuses to boot).
I flermmed the plootash just like you asked.

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Vintage laptops: IBM Thinkpad 600E, 560X, 365CD
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Re: Windows 95 *actual* minimum system requirements?

Postby GigAHerZ » 2019-4-26 @ 13:28

@keenmaster486,
With windows 95, did you have all the basic configuration done like ConservativeSwapFileUsage=1 and other stuff like that?
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Re: Windows 95 *actual* minimum system requirements?

Postby keenmaster486 » 2019-4-26 @ 16:51

Yep, I did all of that, and locked vcache to 1024KB. It uses about 9 MB at idle, and doesn't seem to want more memory over time, but Office 97 just wants a lot of memory!
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Re: Windows 95 *actual* minimum system requirements?

Postby oeuvre » 2019-4-26 @ 18:05

everyone should still be using Office 97
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