The official system requirements were an Intel 386DX processor with any speed, 4 MB of system RAM and 50-55 MB of disk space, depending on the selected features. These minimum claims were made to maximize the market available for Windows 3.1 migrations. This configuration relied heavily on virtual memory and was only optimal for productive use on dedicated single-task workstations.  It was possible to run Windows 95 on an SX 386, but this resulted in even less acceptable performance due to the external 16-bit data bus. For optimal performance, Microsoft has recommended an i486 or compatible processor with at least 8 MB of RAM.  IE itself wasn`t the problem, it was the “Desktop Update” (or whatever it was called) which was an optional component of IE4, and which, once installed, changed Explorer from Win95 to an earlier version of what Win98 had later (the Explorer with clouds in the background on Win98 and some circles or something similar on Win95). This slowed down my 486 DX4 100Mhz considerably and seemed to be CPU-related. With Win98 resource requirements, but still Win95 – the worst of both worlds 😉 For me, Windows 95 works well today on a 486DX2/66mhz and the 32meg RAM I put in the machine. It wasn`t so nice when there was 8meg of RAM, but it was good because I was using a modern and fast drive. (It`s not so much that old records are slow, it`s that they have annoying camp howls, so I try to use more modern and quieter records whenever I can) And it got me thinking – what are the minimum system requirements you need to run Windows 95* acceptable*? As in: The system responds quickly and you can multitask.
The minimum hardware requirements for Microsoft Windows 95 are as follows: Microsoft`s official requirements are as follows: – Here is the list of minimum, recommended, and preferred requirements for an installation of Windows 95: Before you consider upgrading your current operating system to Windows 95, you should carefully review your current hardware configuration to determine if you meet the absolute minimum requirements. that requires Windows 95 to work. Make sure of this and use the preferred requirements if possible. Windows may run in the minimum hardware requirements, but the performance will be terrible. Actual system requirements may vary depending on the features installed. UITS recommends that you keep at least 10% of the drive free to reduce errors and fragmentation. Therefore, keep 100 MB free on a 1 GB drive. System requirements for Windows 95 programs may exceed the minimum system requirements described above. To take full advantage of preventative multitasking, you must use 32-bit Windows programs, such as products with the “Designed for Windows 95” logo. When the graphical user interface starts, Virtual Machine Manager supports the file system and disk-related features.
MS-DOS itself is downgraded to a compatibility layer for 16-bit device drivers.  This is in contrast to previous versions of Windows that use MS-DOS for file and disk access (Windows for Workgroups 3.11 could also largely bypass MS-DOS when 32-bit file access and 32-bit disk access were enabled). If MS-DOS remains in memory, Windows 95 may use DOS device drivers if the appropriate Windows drivers are not available. Windows 95 can use all Windows 3.x 16-bit drivers. When you press F8 after the POST beep, a menu appears in which the user can start Windows normally, exit DOS, or boot into safe mode. Pure DOS mode works as in all previous versions; There is no 32-bit support and DOS drivers must be loaded for mice and other hardware. The Start menu, accessible by clicking the “Start” button on the taskbar or pressing the Windows key, was introduced as an additional way to launch applications or open documents. While retaining the program groups used by its predecessor, Program Manager, applications were also displayed in cascading submenus.  In its initial release, Windows 95 used the FAT16 file system, which was accessed with earlier versions of MS-DOS, but long names were not displayed on compatible third-party DOS systems that require updating. Windows 95 was implemented in early 2016 in a Web-based DOSBox emulator.  “640K should be enough for everyone.” – And I intend to do it all the way, even after loading up every damn pilot! Default support for Windows 95 ended on December 31, 2000, and extended support ended on December 31, 2000.
December 2001. Note Do not install Windows 95 on a computer that has a B1 chip (step-by-step). After its release for Windows 95, Internet Explorer 4.0 shipped with an optional shell update called Windows Desktop Update, which significantly changed the user interface. This update gave Windows 95 (and Windows NT 4.0) features that would become important parts of Windows 98. It is designed to replace not only Windows 3.1, but also Windows for Workgroups and MS-DOS. It was also the first Windows operating system with plug and play. We had an Am386SX 25MHz (the 16-bit data bus), 4MB of RAM and an Oak graphics card. We tried the Chicago preview, and it took over a day to install it. My older brother had classes in the morning and I had classes in the afternoon, so he woke me up before I went to school so I could keep an eye on it and change the floppy disks, and he did the same thing in the afternoon when I was at school. I don`t remember how good or even better it was, how badly it worked after installation, but I know we went back to WFW 3.11 pretty soon after that. Windows 95 was replaced by Windows 98 and could be upgraded directly from Windows 2000 and Windows Me. On December 31, 2001, Microsoft ended support for Windows 95 and made it an “obsolete” product under the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy.
On December 31, 2001, Microsoft ended support for Windows 95 and made it an “obsolete” product under Microsoft`s lifecycle policy.  Windows 95 incorporated Microsoft`s previously separate MS-DOS and Windows products. It featured significant improvements over its predecessor, Windows 3.1, including the graphical user interface (GUI) and relatively simplified plug-and-play features. Major changes have also been made to the lower levels of the operating system, such as moving from a predominantly 16-bit architecture to a 32-bit preemptive multitasking architecture. The minimum requirements for Windows 95 are a PC with 386 or better CPU, 4 MB of RAM, and VGA monitor. However, for acceptable performance, a 486DX2-66 with 8MB of RAM and a Super VGA monitor is recommended. After the release for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0, Internet Explorer 4 shipped with an optional Windows Desktop Update that modified the shell to provide several additional updates to Windows Explorer, including a Quick Launch toolbar and new features built into Internet Explorer such as Active Desktop (which allowed Internet content to be displayed directly on the desktop).