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To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Windows 95 preview
From: "Kevin Reed" <kreed71@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 9 June 95

Hi everybody,

Just installed the preview build of Windows 95 and thought I'd share some
first impressions. The install process was pretty smooth--took a few hours, but
it detected all my peripherals right out of the box and I didn't have to install
any drivers, which is a first--and I'm liking the TaskBar and the Start menu.
Also, I tried to crash it by opening and closing Word, and I'm pleased to report
that nothing happened, even after a solid ten minutes of that:)

The experience as a whole just feels a little nicer than Windows 3.1. In fact,
I know it's too soon for a fair comparison but I think 95 has a real chance of
unseating 3.1 as Microsoft's most popular operating system.

This is a pretty minor issue, but does anyone know how to disable the Welcome
popup? I unchecked "Show this Welcome Screen next time you start Windows", but
it's showing up every time I boot up the machine.

Thanks in advance!

Kevin Reed


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Windows 95 preview
From: <jeff@microsoftfanatics.net> (jeffrey nash)
Date: Fri, 9 June 95
CC: kreed71@aol.com

Kevin--

I had the same problem. Try deleting the Help directory (should be in
C:\Windows).

--jeff


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Windows 95 preview
From: "Kevin Reed" <kreed71@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 9 June 95
CC: jeff@microsoftfanatics.net

Thanks Jeff, I think that did the trick!

Kevin Reed


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Windows 95 preview
From: <microsoftkills@microsoftkills.edu>
Date: Fri, 9 June 95
CC: kreed71@aol.com

Only an idiot would use Micro$oft Windoze. The only good features it has are
COPIED from Mac OS! Dollar-Bill Gate$ is a liar who STOLE Steve Jobs's ideas
and STEALS the money of idiots like you!!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

xXxmacloverjimxXx


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Windows 95 preview
From: "Thomas Boyd" <thomas.boyd@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 10 June 95
CC: kreed71@aol.com

Kevin Reed wrote

> The experience as a whole just feels a little nicer than Windows 3.1 did.

Sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. I spent a week
using win95 when the preview build first came out and it was a nightmare. It
constantly crashed, it had some bug I couldn't figure out that made the mouse
stop working half the time, and when I tried to uninstall it it _bricked_ my
computer. I opened up the case and the motherboard was physically fried. Stay
far, far away from Windows 95.


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Update on Windows 95 Preview
From: "Kevin Reed" <kreed71@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 13 June 95

Hi again everyone,

After using '95 for a few days, I'm afraid I have to change my mind about it
being an improvement over 3.1. The official release might be better, but this
version is just way too full of little annoyances to be worth using as-is.

For starters, it doesn't register when I've inserted a floppy. Normally they
show up in A: just fine, but when I put one in and try to access it I keep
getting "Error: there is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive
Ⱥ:." I definitely don't have a drive Ⱥ:, and I'm pretty sure that's not even a
permissible character. Changing the default drive to B: does fix this, but the
setting doesn't persist across reboots for some reason.

Also, whenever I forget I deleted the Help directory and click the help button
anyway, the computer freezes up for a minute, and maybe one time in five it'll
end up crashing. (Totally my fault for deleting the directory, of course, but
annoying nonetheless).

This one just started the other day: the shutdown option in the start menu is
greyed out so I can't click it, and when I try to force a reboot from the
command line it just returns an error message that says "Please don't try that
again". I've been having to just disconnect the power every time I want to turn
my PC off, and it's an enormous pain.

I'm still going to try the final version once it comes out, though; I think '95
could be great if the rough edges were sanded off a bit.

On another note, I've been thinking of getting a new computer, maybe a ThinkPad.
Does anyone here have experience with those? In particular, I'm curious how
portable notebook computers really are, since I like the idea of being able to
take my PC with me but I don't want to feel like I'm lugging around a backpack
full of bricks.

Thanks!

Kevin Reed


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Update on Windows 95 Preview
From: "Kevin Reed" <kreed71@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 13 June 95
CC: kreed71@aol.com

That's pretty strange, Kevin. I've been using win95 since the preview version
came out, and I haven't had any problems with it. This is probably your fault.


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Update on Windows 95 Preview
From: <tim.harnell@penumbra.net>
Date: Tue, 13 June 95
CC: kreed71@aol.com

Hi Kevin,

I have a ThinkPad 700C and it's pretty portable. I'd say it's about on par with
a hardcover textbook--not nothing, but definitely not too heavy to carry. It's
a beast of a machine, too; I can't recommend it enough!

Let me know if you have any more questions about ThinkPads, or about the
notebook experience in general--I'm always happy to advise.

Tim


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Giving up on Windows 95 preview
From: "Kevin Reed" <kreed71@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 19 June 95

My '95 experience has been getting worse and worse; I think I'm going to have to
downgrade. I haven't found a fix for any of the issues I mentioned in my last
message, and now the welcome popup is showing up again every time I start an
application, even though I haven't done anything to change it since I deleted
\help.

I think there's something wrong with the messages on the welcome popup, too.
When I originally installed '95, the messages were just your standard "You can
click with the mouse" type pablum, but now they're saying weird shit like
"Remember the teddy bear you had when you were nine? It remembers you" and "Did
you ever wonder what your parents did with all those baby teeth?" and just...
lots of stuff that doesn't make sense. I know it's stupid, but this is honestly
kind of creeping me out.

Also, lately my PC's been stalling for a bit when it lists off the peripherals
at bootup, and saying that it's got a missing device and I should "connect my
spinal cord to the flesh-to-digital port and try again." It's probably just a
joke some programmer threw in or something but I swear I can feel my neck
tingling when the error shows up.

I'm going to install 3.1 again as soon as I can find the disks, but in the
meantime, can anyone help with squashing some of these bugs?

Thank you!

Kevin Reed


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Giving up on Windows 95 preview
From: "Kevin Reed" <kreed71@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 19 June 95
CC: kreed71@aol.com

Heya Kevin, great to hear from another user of Windows 95. It can be a pretty
wild ride at times, but I wouldn't go back to Windows 3.1 if my life depended on
it. :)

The FTD port should be on your computer tower, right next to the power button.
It's a round opening with a cover that flips up, about an inch wide, you can't
miss it. There's a cable inside--just pull that out and plug it in, and all
your problems will go away.


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Giving up on Windows 95 preview
From: "Dan Griffin" <danny@uoc.edu>
Date: Mon, 19 June 95

unsubscribe


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Giving up on Windows 95 preview
From: <jeff@microsoftfanatics.net> (jeffrey nash)
Date: Mon, 19 June 95
CC: danny@uoc.edu

All--

Don't send unsubscribe requests to the main list, please.

--jeff


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Need help with Windows 95
From: "Kevin Reed" <kreed71@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 23 June 95

Is anyone getting this? There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with my
connection, but I keep getting errors when I try to send things. If you see
this, please reply--even if it's just another "unsubscribe" I want to know
somebody's seeing my messages.

That said, if this goes through I'd really like to hear from someone who has
experience with Windows 95; I'm kind of at my wits' end, at this point. I'm
still having all the problems I had before, and I can't get rid of it--I finally
found the install disks for 3.1, but when I try to downgrade my computer just
goes back to '95. I reformatted my hard drive the other day and did a clean
install of 3.1, and then when I rebooted '95 was back. The welcome screen said
"Did you know? You can click with the mouse." I think it's mocking me. I just
want someone to help me get some other operating system working, please--I'd
even take a Macintosh at this point!

In all seriousness, though, this is scaring me. I feel like Windows 95 is...
taking over my life, or something. And I keep having nightmares about it.

Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me.

Kevin Reed


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Windows 95
From: "Kevin Reed" <kreed71@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 28 June 95

Greetings, everyone.

I disavow everything negative I've said about Windows 95. Windows 95 is the
best program Microsoft has ever put out, and everyone should be using it. I
love Windows 95.

If you don't have '95 yet, Microsoft actually just came out with a new program
that lets you install it over the 'net--how cool is that! Just navigate to the
URL in the next paragraph, and you, too, can experience how great it is to use
Windows 95! You're Next!

Go to 9595959595.win to try Windows 95, if you haven't already. I think you'll
like it:)

Kevin Reed


To: mailinglist@microsoftfanatics.net
Subject: Re: Windows 95
From: <tim.harnell@penumbra.net>
Date: Wed, 28 June 95
CC: kreed71@aol.com

Really glad to hear that, Kevin! Could you give an overview of what fixes you
ended up implementing? My copy of win95 has actually been having the same
shutdown issue you described on the 13th, and it's driving me crazy!

Thanks,

Tim


To: tim.harnell@penumbra.net
Subject: Mail Delivery Failure Notification
From: <mailer-daemon@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 28 June 95

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