How to install Windows 95 Virtual machine on VirtualBox

Let’s install Windows 95 on Virtual Box virtual machine to experience the early Microsoft operating system’s interface, apps, and more…

In 1995 Microsoft launched Windows 95 with a Start button to the lower left for the first time, from which functions and programs could be accessed even more easily. Plug and play usually saved users the hassle of installing hardware drivers for newly connected devices. Windows 95 was running on 32-bit and was the standard operating system for the first PCs with CD-ROM. In addition, the classic games “Solitaire” and “Minesweeper” made their PC debut here.

Well, if you are not born in the ’90s and still want to experience OS made possible today’s Windows OS comes into existence, then follow this tutorial.

Install and Use Windows 95 VirtualBox Virtual Machine

It is doesn’t matter you are on Windows 10/11, macOS, or Linux, the procedure given here to set up Windows 95 will be the same for all of them.

1. Download Win 95 OSR 2 ISO File and Product Key -free

The first thing we need to set up Win 95 Virtual machine is its ISO file that is available free of cost with a product key on Archive.org. Just visit this link and click on the ISO Image. 

Download Windows 95 ISO file with product key

 

2. Run VirtualBox

Now, run VirtualBox on your respective operating system. If you don’t have then visit virtualbox.org and download the setup to install it.

 

3. Create Windows 95 Virtual machine

  • Click on the New button.
  • In the name box type- Windows 95, the rest of the settings will automatically get set.
    Create new Virtual machine for Windiows 95
  • By default, the VirtualBox will set the memory to 64MB, however, you can select 256 MB for better performance.
    Set memory
  • Hit the Next button and create a Virtual Disk. Let the default options selected such as VDI Image and Dynamic allocation.
  • Also, let the 2GB be selected as disk size for your Virtual disk.

 

4. Start Virtual Machine

Once you have created the VM, it shows on the left side panel of VirtualBox, select it and click on the Start button.

 

5. Add ISO file as boot medium

As you start the Virtual machine, it will ask you to choose the start-up disk. Click on the Folder icon and then Add button.

Add ISO image to virtualbox virtual machine

Select the downloaded Windows 95 ISO and then from the Startup disk area select and attach the Win 95 ISO to VM by clicking on the “Choose” button.

Choose Windows 95 ISO file to boot

Finally, click on the Start button.

Start Win 95 vritual machine

 

6. Start Windows 95 VM installation Wizard

As the VM gets booted, you will see the installation wizard. Press the Enter key to start the installation setup…

Start Win 95 installation wizard

Follow the Wizard, when it asks you to configure the unallocated disk space, select it.

Configure Disk space

Enable the Large disk support.

Enable large disk support

7. Enter Windows 95 product key

The key has been already given on the page from where you have downloaded Win 95 ISO. Nevertheless, here it is to use- 34698-OEM-0039682-72135

Add Windows 95 Product key

Select “Network Adapter” and “Sound, MIDI or Video Capture Card“.

Select network card Win 95

We don’t need a start disk here, thus select “No, I do not want a start disk”.

Do not create start up disk

 

Finally, once the installation process is completed, click on the Devices button -> Optical Drives and select “Win95 OSR2.ISO” to deselect it.

Eject ISO file

Click on the Finish button to restart the Virtual machine.

Finish Setup

 

Now, we have the Windows 95 Virtual machine running on VirtualBox, start experiencing the reminiscent of vintage  Windows OS.

windows 95 VM running .

 

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  1. minicowman October 16, 2021

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