Windows 95 Turns 21 Years Old This Week (Video)

For those of us old enough to remember, Windows 95 was a big deal at the time. I remember buying the discs in the box at the store.

For those of us old enough to remember, Windows 95 was a big deal at the time. I remember buying the discs in the box at the store.

For some nostalgia sake, here is a classic launch commercial to bring you back to the fun times. The main thing I remember about the commercial is the Rolling Stones.

Then, there’s this awkward video of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer dancing on stage. Enjoy.


Do you remember when Windows 95 launched? Share some of your favorite (or not so favorite) stories in the comment section below.

And for more nostalgia, check out our other articles on running Windows 95 in your browser and more:



  1. Steve Krause

    August 26, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Wow… that second video is just painful. It actually hurts to watch it all the way through… :) :)

    • S Jobs

      August 26, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Well, no idea why they are trying to dance in the first place. That’s not dancing music. Poor nerds…

  2. Brian Burgess

    August 26, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I find it to be hilarious. It’s so bad it’s great.

  3. Dave

    August 26, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    When WIN 95 was introduced, I was teaching computers to adults. It was certainly a step up from the earlier DOS based windows programs like 3.1, but compared to later versions was kind of primitive. Of course having been a Microsoft customer since 1976, I’d pretty much seen the evolution of the MS line of software, and frankly found it quite useful. Started with MS BASIC 8K interpreter (before that I had to program the Altair 8800 in machine language and then in Assembly language, so BASIC was a huge advancement.) Used MS BASIC in 1977 to write what I believe to be the first program for broadcasters to computerize the process of gathering and reporting school and business closings in snow emergencies, this need becoming apparent after the Buffalo NY blizzard of January 1977. I also wrote what was called a monitor/editor for the Altair (really a primitive operating system) and many other useful programs and when IBM finally produced its first PC in 1981, used MS DOS v.1.1 and have used every Microsoft consumer OS and many server OS’s since’ up to and including WIN 10. Liked many of them except Millennium, Vista, and the early Windows 8’s. I am bothered, though by the evolution of the intrusion into personal privacy by the computer operating systems and application software, and I do everything I can think of to minimize the problem for myself. Lest you think I’m just another nerd, I earned MCP credentials, Citrix Certification, and certifications from IBM, Sonic Wall and several other sources. Since I retired, these are no longer up to date, but ever since the first personal microcomputer came on the scene, that Altair 8800, computers have been a large and useful part of my life, Happy birthday Windows 95, from someone old enough to be your grandfather!

    • Brian Burgess

      August 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      @Dave: Those were the good old days. Thanks for sharing your story!

  4. Ziggy

    August 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    When I got my very first pc it was loaded with Windows 95. What a breath of fresh air that was from using old Apple computers at work that were pretty much just text editors working on a green monitor.

    In those days work was saved on a paper/plastic based floppy disk. And who can forget the screen savers – especially the dancing baby and the twirling pipes contorting merrily away on your desktop!

    Oh, how I yearn for yesteryear. Maybe not – I’ve become too entrenched in the modern era and all its seductive gadgetry.

    • Brian Burgess

      August 27, 2016 at 3:31 am

      @Ziggy lol nice. However, I do remember playing Oregon Trail on the Apple IIe for hours and that was fun, but that was years before Windows 95 came out.

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