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The Operating System

Windows 95 OSR 2, also known as “Windows 95B,” was a significant update to the original Windows 95 operating system released on August 24, 1996, by Microsoft. This update included several improvements, bug fixes, and new features, making it a much more stable and reliable operating system than its predecessor.

One of the most notable improvements in Windows 95 OSR 2 was the addition of support for FAT32 file systems, which allowed for larger hard drives and more efficient use of disk space. It also included support for USB devices, which had only recently been introduced at the time, and improvements to Plug and Play, making it easier to add and remove hardware from the system.

Windows 95 OSR 2 also introduced Internet Explorer 3.0, which was integrated into the operating system and provided users with a faster and more convenient way to access the internet. The update also included several new accessories and utilities, such as the Microsoft Fax Service and the Windows Address Book.

Overall, Windows 95 OSR 2 represented a significant improvement over the original Windows 95 release and helped to solidify Microsoft’s position as the dominant player in the desktop operating system market. It was a hugely popular release and remains a significant milestone in the history of computing.

The Web Browser

HotJava 1.0 was a pioneering web browser released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. It stood out from other browsers of its time due to its innovative Java-based architecture and its support for dynamic content and interactivity. HotJava 1.0 played a crucial role in advancing web technologies and shaping the future of web development.

Developed at a time when the web was primarily static and limited in terms of interactive features, HotJava 1.0 introduced a new approach by leveraging the power of Java programming language. It was one of the first browsers to integrate a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) directly into its core, allowing web developers to create and run dynamic Java applets directly within web pages.

By supporting Java applets, HotJava 1.0 enabled web pages to include interactive elements such as animations, calculators, games, and other rich multimedia content. This revolutionary capability opened up new possibilities for developers to enhance user experience and create more engaging web applications.

HotJava 1.0 also introduced the concept of platform independence, as Java applets could run on any system with a compatible JVM, regardless of the underlying operating system. This feature greatly simplified web development by eliminating the need to create different versions of an application for different platforms, which was a significant challenge at the time.

Another notable aspect of HotJava 1.0 was its extensibility. It provided an open framework that allowed developers to create and integrate their own components and plug-ins, further expanding the browser’s capabilities and customization options. This extensibility contributed to the growth of a vibrant ecosystem around HotJava, with developers creating a variety of add-ons and tools to enhance the browsing experience.

Although HotJava 1.0 did not achieve widespread adoption among mainstream users, its impact on the web development community was substantial. It demonstrated the potential of Java as a powerful language for web programming and paved the way for the evolution of web technologies. Many of the concepts and features introduced in HotJava 1.0, such as Java applets, platform independence, and extensibility, influenced subsequent browsers and played a role in shaping the modern web.

Browser User Agent

When contacting webservers ‘Windows 95 OSR2 x86 with HotJava 1.0’ will identify itself as ‘HotJava/1.0p2/JRE1.1.1’.

Run Period

For ‘Windows 95 OSR2 x86 with HotJava 1.0’ Period Sites in Period Browsers is currently searching for pages archived between 1997-03-24 and 1998-03-24.

Emulation Platform

Hardware emulation for this platform is currently provided by the QEMU Project.

Windows 95 OSR2 can be found as part of the WinWorld OS Archive. HotJava 1.0 can be found as part of’s Evolt Browser Collection


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