A short interactive demo presenting Windows 95.
You can download the installation archive
(1.5 MB) or view the slides below.
Microsoft proudly presents this preview of Microsoft Windows® 95
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Welcome to the world of Microsoft® Windows 95. With Windows 95, you’ll unlock
the potential of personal computing, so you can work easier and faster. You’ll explore
exciting new possibilities, and even have fun doing it.
Windows 95 is designed to make using your computer easier, whether you’re at work,
at home or on the road. It has a rich set of features giving you multiple ways to do the
same task – to accomodate any level of expertise.
Getting Started: Opening a Program
Windows 95 makes working with your computer easier. For example, let’s see how
much easier and faster it is to open or find programs and documents.
We’ll being at the Start button. It’s at the lower left corner of the
screen. It’s always available, so you can use it any time.
|To open a program click the Start button
|Move the mouse up to Programs
|Then over and down to Microsoft Word, and click again.
That’s all it takes to open a program!
Windows 3.1 Program Manager is gone, but all your
program groups are still there – and
they’re easier to reach.
Here you see the new version of Microsoft Word
for Windows 95. You’ll also find that
Windows 95 does a great job supporting your
existing Windows and MS-DOS programs.
Closing a program is simple. Just click the
“X” in the upper right-hand corner.
Windows 95 reduces the number of steps to get
things done, so you get all of your work done
Working with Multiple Programs: Switching Between Programs
You’ll find switching between programs
is easier than ever, since the taskbar never
leaves the screen.
Let’s see how switching works. On the
taskbar, click on the Microsoft Word button.
Next, click the “Cup-Paint” button
on the taskbar.
This way, it’s easy to switch between
as many programs as you have open. Go ahead and
try it. When you’re ready to move on,
click the Next button.
Working with Multiple Programs: Multitasking
One of the biggest changes in Windows 95 is that
now your Windows PC can handle multitasking even
better. This means you can have multiple programs
For example, you can print one document while
you copy another. You don’t have to wait
for one operation to finish before you start
Here, a document is being copied from one folder
to another. Now click Next to see multitasking in
While the copying proceeds, the “Open House
Flyer” is being printed.
With multitasking, you can get more things done
at once. It’s not a miracle. It’s
Organizing Your Computer: Opening My Computer
Windows 95 makes organizing your computer
Let’s take a look at how the My Computer
feature organizes things for you. Just double-click
its icon, in the upper left-hand corner.
The My Computer window contains all of the
drives on your computer, as well as Control
Panel and Printers folders.
Now, double-click on Robert’s Drive.
All the drive’s files, folders and
programs appear in the window. Here you see
another way Windows 95 improves your computing
– your file & folder names can be up to 250
Let’s change an old, DOS-style name to a new
more descriptive one. You may never again have
to open a file just to see what’s in it!
Using the right mouse button is another way to
find out more about a file or folder, or reach
a shortcut to common tasks.
Click the right mouse button, and you’ll see
a menu that gives you additional options.
You can use the right mouse button on virtually
any element within Windows 95 – giving you
a quick and easy shortcut to make you more
Organizing Your Computer: Explorer
Windows 95 gives you another way to view and work
with your files, called the Windows Explorer.
It’s like Windows 3.1 File Manager, only
In the Explorer, everything you work with on your
computer – including floppy drives, hard
drives and network drives – appears in a
single windows. Here’s how to reach it.
|From the Start Menu,
|Then choose Windows Explorer,
The Explorer makes it easy to reach virtually
anything in your computing environment. Try clicking
on the “+” to the left of Robert’s
The Contents window shows you all of the folders
on Robert’s C: drive.
Now it’s much easier to copy files from
one drive to another, or download something from
the network. No more tiling multiple windows!
Think of the Explorer as a highly efficient way
to manage your files and resources.
Customizing Your System: Changing the Background
Windows 95 gives you great new tools to personalize
It’s easy to customize your screen
background. Try choosing a new one right now.
|Click on Start
|Then move the mouse up to Settings
|Now click Control Panel.
Double-click on the Display icon in the Control
Browse through the Wallpapers by clicking
on their names. Click Apply to see your choice
on the desktop. When you see the one you like, click
Here’s how your wallpaper appears on the
desktop. Click Next to continue, and we’ll
change back to the original one for you.
Customizing Your System: Getting Help
When you’re not sure how to perform a task,
or you want to try some new things but don’t
know how, the new Help feature in Windows 95
will show you the way.
Go ahead and try it -
|Click on the Start button.
|Move the mouse up to help
and click on it.
For instance, to get help changing the
date your computer displays, we enter the word
“date” in the Index.
Now choose “Changing your
Click on Display and you can read the topic right
on the screen.
Now, you no longer need to open a Help window
and write everything down to remember it.
Here you can hit the jump button and it takes
you instantly to the topic or function
Getting help is this easy whenever you need it.
If you would like to see if your computer could
install Windows 95, click the Scan button.
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Reserved. Microsoft Windows and the Windows
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Emeryville, CA USA
If you choose, you can delete the files for
the Microsoft Windows 95 Demo from your hard
drive after exiting the demo.