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Last Versions of Software for Windows 95

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*** Windows 98SE version of this forum thread ***

LIST OF SOFTWARE THAT SUPPORTS WINDOWS 95

In this forum thread, you will find a list of software that supports Windows 95.

A link to a download source will be provided for freeware, shareware and open source software. For commercial software, you will need to search for sites such as Amazon or eBay for older versions of software that supports Windows 95.

NOTE: Please DO NOT post links to illegal download sources for commercial software as MSFN will not tolerate software piracy.

*** K E Y  L E G E N D ***

LAST - Last version of software to support Windows 95
ONGD - Ongoing development
FREE - Freeware/Open Source
SHAR - Shareware (free trial of software); while certain free trials of software will expire, otherwise will either not expire or have reduce functionality
$$$$ - Commercial software that must be purchased
² - Requires Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2.x; will not run on the original release of Windows 95 or Windows 95 OEM Service Release 1
???? - Unknown

If you can find any, please post any details of current or the last version of software and utilities that work under Windows 95.

1. If it is the LAST or ONGD.
2. If the software is FREE, SHAR, or $$$$. If $$$$, no link will be provided.
3. A URL link for where the FREE or SHAR version of the software can be downloaded or purchased ($$$$). If you're trying to find the FREE or SHAR version of the software, but you're unable to find the link, let me know to see how this can be resolved.
4. If the software requires ², place it after the name of the software.
5. If necessary, the date of when the software was released in yyyy-mm-dd format.

Here are the list of notable software that I have installed on my 32 GB CF drive running Windows 95 OSR 2 in VMware Workstation Player in alphabetical order:

LAST - FREE - 7-zip 9.20 (2010-11-18) --- http://www.7-zip.org/a/7z920.exe
LAST - FREE - Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1 (2001-12-25) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/acrobat-reader-5-1
LAST - FREE - Attribute Changer 5.30 (2007-05-30) --- http://web.archive.org/web/20071219023529/http://webplaza.pt.lu/public/rpetges/download/ac.exe
???? - FREE - DOSBox 0.7.4 (2010-05-14) --- http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1
LAST - FREE - FileZilla 2.2.18 (2005-12-29) --- http://www.oldapps.com/filezilla.php?old_filezilla=46
LAST - FREE - Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.12 (2007-05-30) --- https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/1.5.0.12/win32/en-US/
LAST - FREE - GeneRally 1.05 (2003-12-22) --- http://www.planet-generally.de/download.php?view.71
???? - FREE - GrafX2 2.2.4² --- http://pulkomandy.tk/projects/GrafX2/downloads
LAST - FREE - Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 (2000-07-08) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/internet-explorer-5-5-sp2
LAST - FREE - Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0 Update 5 (2005-09-18) --- http://www.oldapps.com/java.php?old_java=20
LAST - $$$$ - Norton SystemWorks 2001²
???? - FREE - PhotoFiltre 7.2.1 --- http://static.infomaniak.ch/photofiltre/utils/pf7/pf7-en-7.2.1.zip
LAST - FREE - PowerDesk 5.0.1.6 --- https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20070319093210/http://www.v-com.com/download/pd/pd5free.exe
LAST - FREE - Apple QuickTime 5.0.5 (2002-07-15) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/quicktime-5-0-5
LAST - FREE - SeaMonkey 1.1.19 (2010-03-16) --- https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/seamonkey/releases/1.1.19/
LAST - FREE - Stella 2.8.4 (2009-07-04) --- https://github.com/stella-emu/stella/releases/tag/release-2.8.4
LAST - FREE - Winamp 2.95 (2003-06-26) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/winamp-2-95
LAST - SHAR - WinZip 8.1 SR1 (2002-10-24) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/winzip-8-1-sr1

Unfortunately, most of the older versions of software such as Attribute Changer can no longer be found on its original website.

If you have found more software that supports Windows 95, please post them here. :)

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On 4/9/2017 at 4:57 AM, ppgrainbow said:

*** Windows 98SE version of this forum thread ***

LIST OF SOFTWARE THAT SUPPORTS WINDOWS 95

In this forum thread, you will find a list of software that supports Windows 95.

A link to a download source will be provided for freeware, shareware and open source software. For commercial software, you will need to search for sites such as Amazon or eBay for older versions of software that supports Windows 95.

NOTE: Please DO NOT post links to illegal download sources for commercial software as MSFN will not tolerate software piracy.

*** K E Y  L E G E N D ***

LAST - Last version of software to support Windows 95
ONGD - Ongoing development
FREE - Freeware/Open Source
SHAR - Shareware (free trial of software); while certain free trials of software will expire, otherwise will either not expire or have reduce functionality
$$$$ - Commercial software that must be purchased
² - Requires Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2.x; will not run on the original release of Windows 95 or Windows 95 OEM Service Release 1
???? - Unknown

If you can find any, please post any details of current or the last version of software and utilities that work under Windows 95.

1. If it is the LAST or ONGD.
2. If the software is FREE, SHAR, or $$$$. If $$$$, no link will be provided.
3. A URL link for where the FREE or SHAR version of the software can be downloaded or purchased ($$$$). If you're trying to find the FREE or SHAR version of the software, but you're unable to find the link, let me know to see how this can be resolved.
4. If the software requires ², place it after the name of the software.
5. If necessary, the date of when the software was released in yyyy-mm-dd format.

Here are the list of notable software that I have installed on my 32 GB CF drive running Windows 95 OSR 2 in VMware Workstation Player in alphabetical order:

LAST - FREE - 7-zip 9.20 (2010-11-18) --- http://www.7-zip.org/a/7z920.exe
LAST - FREE - Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1 (2001-12-25) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/acrobat-reader-5-1
LAST - FREE - Attribute Changer 5.30 (2007-05-30) --- ac530.exe
???? - FREE - DOSBox 0.7.4 (2010-05-14) --- http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1
LAST - FREE - FileZilla 2.2.18 (2005-12-29) --- http://www.oldapps.com/filezilla.php?old_filezilla=46
LAST - FREE - Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.12 (2007-05-30) --- https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/1.5.0.12/win32/en-US/
LAST - FREE - GeneRally 1.05 (2003-12-22) --- http://www.planet-generally.de/download.php?view.71
???? - FREE - GrafX2 2.2.4² --- http://pulkomandy.tk/projects/GrafX2/downloads
LAST - FREE - Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 (2000-07-08) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/internet-explorer-5-5-sp2
LAST - FREE - Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0 Update 5 (2005-09-18) --- http://www.oldapps.com/java.php?old_java=20
LAST - $$$$ - Norton SystemWorks 2001²
???? - FREE - PhotoFiltre 7.2.1 --- http://static.infomaniak.ch/photofiltre/utils/pf7/pf7-en-7.2.1.zip
LAST - FREE - PowerDesk 5.0.1.6 --- https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20070319093210/http://www.v-com.com/download/pd/pd5free.exe
LAST - FREE - Apple QuickTime 5.0.5 (2002-07-15) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/quicktime-5-0-5
LAST - FREE - SeaMonkey 1.1.19 (2010-03-16) --- https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/seamonkey/releases/1.1.19/
LAST - FREE - Stella 2.8.4 (2009-07-04) --- https://github.com/stella-emu/stella/releases/tag/release-2.8.4
LAST - FREE - Winamp 2.95 (2003-06-26) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/winamp-2-95
LAST - SHAR - WinZip 8.1 SR1 (2002-10-24) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/winzip-8-1-sr1

Unfortunately, most of the older versions of software such as Attribute Changer can no longer be found on its original website.

If you have found more software that supports Windows 95, please post them here. :)

You can find Attribute Changer 5.30 here (I would scan the file to ensure it is not a virus): http://www.eqcity.com/software/right.htm 
Direct download: http://www.eqcity.com/software/right/attribute-changer/ac530.exe

Norton SystemWorks 2001 ("try before you buy"): https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20010331023412/http://software.symantec.com:80/dr/v2/ec_dynamic.main?cat_id=7&pn=16&sid=27674
That link only gives you the name of the file, 9xME30.exe. You can get the actual file here, again I would scan the file to ensure it is not a virus: ftp://ftp.twin-net.com.br/antivirus/9xME30.exe

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On 4/10/2017 at 7:24 AM, sdfox7 said:

You can find Attribute Changer 5.30 here (I would scan the file to ensure it is not a virus): http://www.eqcity.com/software/right.htm 
Direct download: http://www.eqcity.com/software/right/attribute-changer/ac530.exe

Norton SystemWorks 2001 ("try before you buy"): https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20010331023412/http://software.symantec.com:80/dr/v2/ec_dynamic.main?cat_id=7&pn=16&sid=27674
That link only gives you the name of the file, 9xME30.exe. You can get the actual file here, again I would scan the file to ensure it is not a virus: ftp://ftp.twin-net.com.br/antivirus/9xME30.exe

Thank you for the heads up.

For some reason, attempting to download ac530.exe leads to a 404 error. I'll find a way how to make ac530.exe available. :)

Anyways, I found more familiar versions of software that is the last to support Windows 95:

LAST - $$$$ - Adobe Illustrator 8 (1998-09)

LAST - $$$$ - Adobe Photoshop 5.5 (1999-02)

LAST - $$$$ - Corel Draw 9 (1999-08-31)

LAST - $$$$ - Curious Labs Poser 4.0.3 (1999-09)

LAST - SHAR - JASC Paint Shop Pro 7.04

LAST - FREE - Macromedia Flash Player 7.0.73 --- http://sdfox7.com/win95/flashplayer7r73_win.exe

LAST - $$$$ - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 (late 1999)

LAST - $$$$ - Microsoft Office 2000 (1999-06-07)

LAST - FREE - Opera 10.10 (2009-11-23) --- http://www.oldapps.com/opera.php?old_opera=74

LAST - FREE - RealPlayer 8 Basic --- http://www.oldapps.com/real.php?old_real_player=15

LAST - FREE - VLC Media Player 0.8.6d (2007-11-30) --- http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/0.8.6d/win32/

LAST - FREE - Windows Media Player 6.4 (1999-04-29) --- http://www.oldapps.com/windows_media_player.php?old_windows_media_player=3

LAST - FREE - XnView 1.82.4 --- http://download.xnview.com/old_versions/

If you're using VMware and if you want to get Sound Blaster PCI 128 support, you need to use version 5 hardware (virtualHW.version = "5") Installing this driver under VMware Workstation 6.0 will cause the Windows 95 VM to crash and become unbootable! You also need to disable the PCI bridge too.

Also, Windows 95 does not properly support hard disks and other media larger than 32 GB without risking possible data corruption. The largest hard drive that will handle Windows 95 would be a IBM Deskstar 34GXP: http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/bios/sizeGB30-c.html

If you have found anymore software that is the last to support Windows 95 or if it's ongoing, please post them here. :)

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As far as I can tell, Windows 95B and 95C can support Partitions up to 1TiB without Patches. A Patch is needed for the 137GB Physical Hard Drive Limit.
So far I have only had corruption on large FAT32 Partitions with Windows 10. Windows 7 and Windows 8 may be at risk but I have not tested them.

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7 minutes ago, rloew said:

As far as I can tell, Windows 95B and 95C can support Partitions up to 1TiB without Patches. A Patch is needed for the 137GB Physical Hard Drive Limit.
So far I have only had corruption on large FAT32 Partitions with Windows 10. Windows 7 and Windows 8 may be at risk but I have not tested them.

That doesn't sound too great to see that large FAT32 partitions are at risk of data corruption. Microsoft believes that the changes that are required to support hard disks and other media bigger than 32 GB would require architectural changes that will never be supported on Windows 95. Makes me want to think about purchasing a 64 GB CompactFlash drive and then running a test under ScanDisk to see if any data corruption persists.

Speaking of hard disk partitioning software, here are some more versions of software that supported Windows 95.

LAST - FREE - Aladdin StuffIt Expander 5.1 --- http://www.ozgundll.org/alex51.exe/m-download-49935.html

LAST - $$$$ - Diskeeper 9²

LAST - $$$$ - PartitionMagic 8.0.4 (discontinued)

LAST - $$$$ - Visual Basic 6

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I said the corruption I saw was with Windows 10 NOT Windows 95.

Incidentally I tried the Demo of the Diskeeper Defragmenter years ago. It consistently corrupted a Partition larger than approximately 200GB.

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54 minutes ago, rloew said:

I said the corruption I saw was with Windows 10 NOT Windows 95.

Incidentally I tried the Demo of the Diskeeper Defragmenter years ago. It consistently corrupted a Partition larger than approximately 200GB.

Thank you for the correction. I honestly can't believe that the demo version of Diskepper Defragmenter would corrupt a partition this large! :(

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Found more software that supported Windows 95 in the past:

LAST - $$$$ - WS_FTP Pro 7

LAST - FREE - WS_FTP LE 5.08 ---- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/ws-ftp-le-5-08-32-bit

Has anyone gotten WS_FTP LE 6 to work on Windows 95?

Also:

???? - FREE - Dependency Walker 2.2 ---- http://www.dependencywalker.com/

LAST - FREE - Process Explorer 10.06 (2006-02-22) ---- https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20060421175947/http://www.sysinternals.com/Files/ProcessExplorer9x.zip

LAST - FREE - Semagic 1.4.6.8 ANSI (2004-12-11) ---- https://sourceforge.net/projects/semagic/files/1.3-1.7/1.4.6.8/

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On Monday, April 10, 2017 at 2:46 PM, ppgrainbow said:

Also, Windows 95 does not properly support hard disks and other media larger than 32 GB without risking possible data corruption. The largest hard drive that will handle Windows 95 would be a IBM Deskstar 34GXP: http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/bios/sizeGB30-c.html

This is simply not true, at least in the case of OSR2.x. I've used 40GB and larger drives with 95 for years. This is an example (just one of many) of Microsoft spreading false information in order to promote a newer version of Windows. The 137GB/48-Bit LBA limit applies just as with 98/ME but there are no other random "limits." Can't say for sure about 95 RTM/95A (and since they use FAT16 it's mostly irrelevant) but I would not take Microsoft's word at face value for them either.

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58 minutes ago, LoneCrusader said:

This is simply not true, at least in the case of OSR2.x. I've used 40GB and larger drives with 95 for years. This is an example (just one of many) of Microsoft spreading false information in order to promote a newer version of Windows. The 137GB/48-Bit LBA limit applies just as with 98/ME but there are no other random "limits." Can't say for sure about 95 RTM/95A (and since they use FAT16 it's mostly irrelevant) but I would not take Microsoft's word at face value for them either.

I'm gonna be thinking about getting a 64 GB or a 128 GB CF drive and put Windows 95 on the CF drive as it's using about 9.5% of the 29.7 GB of disk space right now.

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interesting, i didnt know there was a adobe reader 5.1 version for w95, i thought 5.0 was the last, however i just checked now and for adobe 5.1, it doesn't mention as windows 95 being supported, i checked 5.0.5 and does mention windows 95 as being supported. "ar505enu.exe" was the filename for the adobe reader 5.0.5 that i downloaded from oldversion, however from adobe's official site, it lists it as "a5u1tl.exe" for the 5.0.5 update. whats the difference? adobe's site says you need 5.0 already installed to install 5.0.5. i compared the two files and the oldversion one is smaller, only about 8.5 MB or so, but the one from adobe directly was about 13 MB. i renamed the adobe reader 5 when i first got it from the past that i have been using up to this point, im sure its got to be the 5.0 version exactly because the oldversion i just downloaded right now to compare was the same size, at 8.41 MB. anyone have experience on which versions they use exactly? honestly, i dont care if the 5.1 doesnt work, at least if i can get the 5.0.5 one that is only 8.5 MB or so, then it will still be a upgrade in compatibility and fixes, without sacrificing much of any space but the 13 MB one is significantly bigger and wouldnt want to use that one. 

here is some other stuff that works on 95 osr 2.5:

. aida32 3.94.2 

. hd tach 2.61

. imgburn 2.4.4.0

. sisoft sandra 2001

. speedfan 4.28

. cpu-z 1.32.1 

. msn messenger 5.0 ( not sure if it works properly still )

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15 hours ago, cov3rt said:

interesting, i didnt know there was a adobe reader 5.1 version for w95, i thought 5.0 was the last, however i just checked now and for adobe 5.1, it doesn't mention as windows 95 being supported, i checked 5.0.5 and does mention windows 95 as being supported. "ar505enu.exe" was the filename for the adobe reader 5.0.5 that i downloaded from oldversion, however from adobe's official site, it lists it as "a5u1tl.exe" for the 5.0.5 update. whats the difference? adobe's site says you need 5.0 already installed to install 5.0.5. i compared the two files and the oldversion one is smaller, only about 8.5 MB or so, but the one from adobe directly was about 13 MB. i renamed the adobe reader 5 when i first got it from the past that i have been using up to this point, im sure its got to be the 5.0 version exactly because the oldversion i just downloaded right now to compare was the same size, at 8.41 MB. anyone have experience on which versions they use exactly? honestly, i dont care if the 5.1 doesnt work, at least if i can get the 5.0.5 one that is only 8.5 MB or so, then it will still be a upgrade in compatibility and fixes, without sacrificing much of any space but the 13 MB one is significantly bigger and wouldnt want to use that one. 

here is some other stuff that works on 95 osr 2.5:

. aida32 3.94.2 

. hd tach 2.61

. imgburn 2.4.4.0

. sisoft sandra 2001

. speedfan 4.28

. cpu-z 1.32.1 

. msn messenger 5.0 ( not sure if it works properly still )

I just loaded Adobe Reader 5.1 (2002-09-17) on Windows 95 and it still works. While it is not officially supported by Adobe, it is the last version shown to work on Windows 95.

Also MSN Messenger no longer works, because Microsoft shut the service down.

LAST - FREE - AlfaMini 1.8.0 --- http://web.archive.org/web/20111220120548/http://www.alfasoftweb.com/download/alfamini_v1.80.exe

AlfaMini 2.0.0 doesn't seem to work on Windows 95.

LAST - FREE - DirectX 8.0 (2000-11-04) --- http://www.oldversion.com/windows/directx-8-0

LAST - FREE - Visual C++ .NET 2003 Redistributables --- http://www.mdgx.com/files/VC_R_71.EXE

I'm gonna test out IMGBurn 2.4.4 and CPU-Z 1.32.1 on Windows 95 later on! :)

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Might work on 95.

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