Start me up: Watch CNET's early coverage of Windows 95, back in 1995

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  • Published on Jul 29, 2015
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    CNET's first impression of Windows 95 was that it would create a huge impact, what with the long file names, taskbar and a recycle bin for unwanted files. Check out this vintage review along with Microsoft's own promotional video that went with the launch.
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Comments • 853

  • SPACEGAMING!
    SPACEGAMING! 7 days ago

    4:19 ;(

  • defob
    defob 15 days ago

    funny they use VIDEO VAULT on the sides instead of making the video 4:3 in the first place

  • Chezz
    Chezz 16 days ago +1

    Why does this guy look like Gus Johnson's Dad?

  • Epiphany
    Epiphany 19 days ago

    One thing I missed about the 90's internet was every webpage was unique because everybody created their own. You didn't have Social Media taking over everything.

  • João
    João 21 day ago

    The ad makes me want to be a yuppie in New York in the 90s.

  • João
    João 21 day ago

    F L O R A L S H O P P E

  • 四川老罗
    四川老罗 21 day ago

    Great! I want one!

  • Rj Simas
    Rj Simas 25 days ago

    Here's a tip if you are installing W95 on an ancient machine: Get the OSR2 release, many bug fixes, added features, etc.

  • John
    John Month ago

    Windows 95 really was a revelation.

  • Robert Nussberger
    Robert Nussberger Month ago

    I know that in this era, the floppy diskette had just became obsolete 7 years after windows 95 came around on its debute. But, I see cd disks and stuff. Were the people able to edit and transfer files and paperwork via the cd like a floppy diskette? I know it has to be a cd-rw. I tried doing that to my disk drive on my new computer, but unfortunately, I cannot edit files like some flash drive whenever I want to right on the spot.

  • Robert Nussberger
    Robert Nussberger Month ago

    3:31
    that local drugged up smurf that hangs around the bus stops beside the freeway bridge who harasses other people.

  • PS4Fan
    PS4Fan Month ago

    IT SHOWED THE WEEZER VIDEO

  • MrMusicopath
    MrMusicopath Month ago +1

    2019 here, i'm totally buying windows 95

  • David Wonn
    David Wonn 2 months ago +1

    I hear they saved the rest of the song for the upcoming Windows ME, Vista, and Windows 8 releases:
    "You make a grown man cry!"

  • jak the ree
    jak the ree 2 months ago

    For a second at first glance I thought the guy in the thumbnail was Gus Johnson

  • catothewiser
    catothewiser 2 months ago

    Hover was fun! Kinda shocked me to see the Weezer video clip. Hard to think that was also this old.

  • paulanderson79
    paulanderson79 2 months ago +1

    It's hard to equate that this was 24 years ago. That's half my entire life less a couple of years.

  • paulanderson79
    paulanderson79 2 months ago

    1:06 Kid Pix is a bit dubious :-) :-)

  • Rhino 'n Chips
    Rhino 'n Chips 3 months ago +1

    It's funny to us in retrospect but this coverage really nailed all the new actually important features that are still staples of computers today. I was expecting more "These screensavers are bodacious!!! Can't wait for Microsoft BOB!!!"

  • kmaj gpt
    kmaj gpt 3 months ago

    4:18 what's that?

  • Robert Nussberger
    Robert Nussberger 3 months ago

    3:55, I want that laptop.

  • SebbeF
    SebbeF 3 months ago

    *a* T R A S H C A N !

  • Daniel Burapavong
    Daniel Burapavong 3 months ago

    I remember Hover.

  • eppsislike
    eppsislike 4 months ago

    WIN95 & MDK

  • MiCawber 72
    MiCawber 72 4 months ago

    Is this Gus Johnsons dad?

  • Vendy Bird Švadl
    Vendy Bird Švadl 4 months ago

    i feel like in some kindla parody

  • Little Waffles
    Little Waffles 4 months ago

    Meanwhile Linux is so basic it still advertises itself like Windows 95

  • classic maxine
    classic maxine 4 months ago

    Is this really from 1995

  • lifeis beautifull
    lifeis beautifull 5 months ago

    Wow 95

  • Mark Steven
    Mark Steven 5 months ago +1

    Is this Gus Johnson's dad?

  • DRWXP
    DRWXP 5 months ago

    So MSN stands for Microsoft Network? I never knew

  • Joseph P
    Joseph P 5 months ago

    i miss the old internet..,.

  • Jay Sands
    Jay Sands 5 months ago

    Windows 95 was a very stable os

    • Son Gohan
      Son Gohan 5 months ago

      I miss it for other reasons. The trolls were still in diapers.

  • Ed Gein
    Ed Gein 6 months ago

    Windows 95, is only a metaphor for what I feel inside Although I'm older now, there's still an emptiness that's never letting go somehow

  • Dat Tall Audiophile
    Dat Tall Audiophile 6 months ago

    Finally I will be able to get rid of this Windows 10 piece of shit and take the "Next Step" in personal computing with Windows 95!!!!!

  • Pete the Norwegian
    Pete the Norwegian 8 months ago

    That TV presenter looks like Gus Johnson

  • Martin Auplish
    Martin Auplish 8 months ago +1

    95 was the changing point in computer oses, even apple were too slow to even compete with it....

  • Cam73Vids
    Cam73Vids 8 months ago

    I was a month old when this review was made. Dayum!

  • Hazy J
    Hazy J 8 months ago

    This host looks like Gus Johnson

  • Triborn
    Triborn 8 months ago +1

    Nice car

  • Melchi Zedeq
    Melchi Zedeq 8 months ago

    Man....that Ad at the end sold me.....I would buy this sucker

  • WolfDemons
    WolfDemons 8 months ago

    watching this on windows 95 right now

  • Niso Zakuto
    Niso Zakuto 8 months ago

    How did they record the screen back then?

  • slapmyfunkybass
    slapmyfunkybass 9 months ago +1

    So good people called it plug and pray.

  • xd xd
    xd xd 9 months ago +1

    i like Windows 10

  • xd xd
    xd xd 9 months ago

    is suks

  • RadioGnome
    RadioGnome 9 months ago

    My mom came home with a computer in 1995, from her job at Unitek. She set it up in the living room, and it was Windows 3.1 I believe. It sucked. It was good for typing, paint, and that was really it. Then I started using her boyfriend's computer in 1996 to play Doom, I think Windows 95. Finally in 1997 I got on the internet. I was typing in "Alice in chains" into the search bar wondering why nothing was happening right (funnily enough, you can do that now). Then when I found out how to search and that I'd just get a list of results, like google, I thought it seemed lame to be honest. And the color scheme on that computer was customized neon yellow or something hideous on Win 95. The whole thing graphically just looked completely ugly. I would have much rather had a SNES with a bunch of games in 1997.

  • pedazodeboludo
    pedazodeboludo 9 months ago

    1:05 Was this Michael Jackson's computer?

  • blackneos940
    blackneos940 9 months ago

    Pause at 3:54 Gotham..... ;3

  • Drago1995
    Drago1995 9 months ago

    wow digital video from 1995 looks great

  • Brian Vallana
    Brian Vallana 9 months ago

    2:25 omg, he siad "Apps" on those days! :O

  • syteanric
    syteanric 10 months ago

    This guy still working for C-net??? Get him on every video!

  • Jennifer T
    Jennifer T 10 months ago +1

    That brings back memories

  • James Miller
    James Miller 10 months ago

    Plug and Play never worked as advertised. Win 95 was pretty good but I had to do a format/reinstall every six months as something would get corrupted. I got to be an expert at this and the pc always ran great for two months after each format/install. Then error messages started and the occasional blue screen of death. Anyone remember that. And after you got tired of the blue screen of death a format/reinstall cleared it all up. Until next time. WinXP was the first Windows that actually worked great. '98 and Millenium meh. XP was the bomb. 7 was even better. Then 8 sucked so bad they skipped 9 and went straight to 10. 10 is good.
    I'd rank the good versions as Win 7, then XP, then 10 though XP and 10 are neck and neck.
    In any case, ahhh the good old days.

  • Roshan
    Roshan 10 months ago

    that pc is so beautiful

  • Glauco Rocha
    Glauco Rocha 10 months ago

    Do you remember those good ol' days when monitors were big enough so we could put things like miniature cars over them?

  • timg2727
    timg2727 10 months ago

    "If you use it more than 3 hours a month" - LOL

  • Lewis Johnson
    Lewis Johnson 10 months ago

    Window~1 95 was great. I though~1 it was fabulo~1

  • DpKris
    DpKris 10 months ago

    Superb presentation by that anchor.

  • TheDexUser12
    TheDexUser12 10 months ago

    4:19 twin towers