Microsoft Releases Windows 95 Service Pack

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 14, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Microsoft® Windows®
95 Service Pack (English-language version). The software gives customers convenient, one-stop access to the most up-to-date drivers and components available for Microsoft’s popular Windows 95 operating system. The Service Pack will be automatically sent to corporate customers who have purchased volume licensing through Microsoft’s Select Program and is available for downloading from the Internet at no charge.

“The Service Pack is the latest proof of our commitment to give customers complete support for their computing environments,”
said Brad Silverberg, senior vice president, personal systems division at Microsoft.
“We’ve been providing updates online all along, and the Service Pack brings them all together with new tools and drivers.”

The Service Pack assembles updated Windows 95 components that previously were available only separately, including fixes, new components, tools and third-party device drivers:

  • Fixes. The Service Pack includes any fixes that were made to Windows 95 components, including new file and printer sharing drivers and enhanced password-list security. These fixes have been available online, and Microsoft will continue to post updated fixes if necessary.

  • New components. Also included are Service for NetWare®
    Directory Services, 32-bit data link control (DLC) protocol support, and infrared device support.

  • Tools. The Windows NT
    ™
    Server network operating system management tools, enhanced network installation tools, and updated versions of the Windows 95 Hardware and Software Compatibility Lists are included.

  • Device drivers. The entire Windows Driver Library will be included on the CD-ROM version of the Service Pack, allowing users to install the latest drivers easily for their hardware devices.

The Service Pack is designed to install easily on an existing Windows 95-based system or to be integrated into a shared network setup directory. Customers will be able to determine easily whether the Service Pack has been installed on a system and to ensure that all the latest components are applied.

Customers who are enrolled in Microsoft Select, TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network Level II will automatically receive the Service Pack with their next scheduled edition. Users can also download the Service Pack over the Internet at no charge (other than the cost of connect time, where applicable) from the Microsoft Windows Web page (http://www.microsoft.com/windows). It is also available through MSN
™, The Microsoft Network (GO Windows), CompuServe® (GO Winnews), America Online®
, GEnie
™
and Prodigy
™
. U.S. customers can also order the Service Pack directly from Microsoft for $14.95 plus shipping and handling by contacting the Microsoft Sales Information Center at (800) 426-9400. In Canada, customers can order the Service Pack by calling (800) 563-9048. International versions of the Service Pack are scheduled to be posted online shortly and will also be available from the local subsidiaries. International customers need to use the same Service Pack language version as their Windows 95 product.

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) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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