Boulder Community Network

BCN Home Page | Search | What's New | Contribute
Last Update: October 25, 2000.

Windows 95 Operating Systems

Editor's Note - this page attempts to give you direct addresses to areas of interest conercning Windows 95, but given the volatility of direct page addresses in the Microsoft site, additional information will be posted at the top of this page in the future, and the old links left "as is." Or, go to the Microsoft home page and do a key word search on the text below.

Microsoft Corporation has released Y2K compliance information on their web site. This is an excellent site for obtaining current information on Microsoft products and obtaining patches or "work-arounds" for Microsoft software. However, you should ensure a patch is absolutely necessary and fully tested by your organization in a non-production environment before utilizing ANY Y2K software patches! 

Windows 95 Versions

Windows 95 comes in several versions; to check on the version that you have - Run the program QFECHECK.EXE for a display of the upgrade status of the Windows system files. (Which it now turns out, is not available on all versions of the operating system. Drop into DOS mode, go to the \SYSTEM\COMMAND\ directory and issue a DIR /1 instruction and check the file dates against the file dates below -)

Release Version Version Number File dates
Windows 95 Retail 4.00.950 07/11/95 (Retail)
OEM Service Release 1 4.00.950 12/31/95 (OSR1)
Service Pack 1 4.00.950A 12/31/95
(OSR2; No USB)
OEM Service Release 2 4.00.111B 08/24/96
(OSR2.1; With USB)

Displaying date in full 4-digit year format

To set the year display to show the full 4-digit year -

Links to Microsoft support software information

Windows operating systems and BIOS interactions

An excellent discussion of the interactions between various Windows operating systems and the BIOS is at Micro Firmware's article on "The Y2K Date Rollover Problem on PC Systems." by Terry Slade. Some of that article's comments are worth repeating here -

"... If the system is running under WIN3.1x over the century change, the date should roll over properly, just it would under DOS, but after rebooting the system it would show a date of 01-04-1980.

"Windows 95 also does not correct for the date rollover problem, although it may appear to if testing is not done carefully.

"Windows 98 does appear to correct for the date rollover problem, however this correction is thwarted if the system is booted from a DOS diskette on the first boot after the century change. The date would then be 01/04/80 and when Windows 98 is restarted it will keep this date until manually changed."

Office 97 Update

The following is an excerpt from a special edition of the Office Enterprise Insider newsletter -

"Because we want to ensure that customers feel comfortable with the privacy of their Office 97 documents, Microsoft has decided to help users remove the unique identifier number from documents. As of next week, the following free patches will be available for you to download* from the Office Update Web site:

"--Office 97 Unique Identifier Patch
This patch, once applied, will prevent the insertion of a unique identifier number in all new Office documents.
"--Office 97 Unique Identifier Removal Tool. This is a utility that can be used to remove the unique identifier from previously created Office 97 documents.
"Just go to the Office Update home page to find links to these new downloads:"

Excel 97 and 98 Information

Microsoft Access and VB Add-ins

Return to top of the BCN Internet Center home page.
Return to the BCN home page.
Please send any comments, additions or corrections about this Internet center page to: stiltner[AT]
This information has been brought to you by the Boulder Community Network (BCN). BCN is Boulder Colorado's non-profit sector ambassador to the world of information technology and the Internet.
If this information is of use to you, please consider making a tax-deductable contribution to support BCN in the future. See the contributions page.
Revised '5-Feb-2003,11:20:24'
URL of this page:'INETWIN5.HTM'
BCN/Internet Center Coordinator: E. Stiltner