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Brian Eno wrote the Windows 95 start up sound on a mac

The Codex Leicester, a collection of famous scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci, was sold to Bill Gates in 1994 for $30.8M. After Gates acquired the Codex, he had its pages scanned and distributed as screen savers and wallpapers for Windows 95.

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  1. Doom was so popular in 1995 that it was installed on more PCs than Windows 95. Bill Gates briefly considered buying ID software, but settled for getting a team at Microsoft to port the game to Win95. The team was led by Gabe Newell.

  2. The music video for the song "Buddy Holly" by Weezer was included with Windows 95.

  3. With the release of Windows 95, Microsoft couldn't figure out how to make the system more intuitive for people to use, and they hired a trained behavioral psychologist who would then create the solution: the Start button.

  4. The Museum of Endangered Sounds exists to allow streaming of once popular technological sounds. ie. the dial-up tone, ICQ chat tone, Windows 95 startup

  5. Brian Eno was paid $35,000 to compose the Windows 95 start up tune.

  6. Users had to pay $20 to beta-test Windows 95. The beta copies were timed and not upgradeable, and the beta testers were not eligible for any discount on the final version.

  7. Weezer's music video "Buddy Holly" was included on the install disc for Windows 95 and 20 years later the band was playing regularly at Microsoft retail store openings.

  8. The next version of Windows will be 10 because lots of existing software checks for Windows 95 / 98 installations by only looking for the number 9.

  9. Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry starred in a Windows 95 video guide

  10. Back in the 1990s, Indian government wanted to ban Windows 95 because the map on time zone selection screen showed India not controlling the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir. Microsoft "fixed" the problem by disabling the map altogether

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Gabe Newell helped port Doom to Windows 95 because Bill Gates saw that Doom was installed on more PCs than Microsoft Windows

The music video for the song "Buddy Holly" by Weezer skyrocketed to popularity after it was included with the Windows 95 CD-ROM. - source

Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry made a Microsoft Windows 95 Video Tape Tutorial, Acting it out in a Comedy. It was also taped in Bill Gates own Office, on his Personal Computer.

In late 1995, Doom was estimated to be installed on more computers worldwide than Microsoft's new operating system Windows 95, despite million-dollar advertising campaigns for Windows 95. - source

In 1999 the chief scientist at an Internet security company claimed Microsoft had built in a "key" for the the cryptographic standard used in Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT4 and Windows2000. The software giant denied the report.

Microsoft had to pull the Simplified Chinese version of Windows 95 from stores in the PRC because it contained slurs against Chinese Communists

Brian Eno composed the Windows 95 start up sound.

Windows 95 was the second most installed piece of software on computers in 1995; videogame DOOM was first.

Composer Brian Eno created the Windows 95 startup sound for Microsoft on an Apple Macintosh computer

Brian Eno created the iconic Windows 95 startup music; he composed it using a Mac, however, because he "doesn't like PCs"

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In Windows, port number 666 uses a service named "doom". This is a reference to the Number of the Beast. The port was originally used for the Doom 95 game, but port 666 has remained labeled "doom" since.

Microsoft spent countless hours patching Windows 95 to make sure we could play games like SimCity.

There is a windows 95 video guide with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry

The Windows 95 Startup Sound was composed by Brian Eno

The Windows 95 startup sound was composed by famous electronic artist Brian Eno.

Microsoft commissioned a 30 minute 'cyber sitcom' starring Jennifer Anniston and Matthew Perry to promote the launch of Windows 95.

Mac OS X uses an image that looks like a Windows 95 machine in a BSoD on a CRT monitor for its network icon

The Chinese version of Windows 95 was banned in China after users discovered anti-Communist references such as "Communist bandits" and "reclaim the mainland" in programs provided by Taiwanese contractors

Sierra On-Line once shipped a batch of games on discs that actually were pressed with full versions of Windows 95

Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry starred in a half hour video promoting the release of Windows 95

The band R.E.M turned down about $3M from Microsoft for use of their song "It's the end of the world as we know it" for the Windows 95 OS launch. The Rolling Stones stepped up instead.

Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry from the tv show "Friends" were the stars of the Windows 95 Video Guide for Microsoft 20 years ago.

The BIOS of Windows NT 4 (95, 98, 2000) plays classical music when it thinks the CPU fan is dying.

Microsoft Bob, a software package that arrived shortly before Windows 95 which displayed software icons as objects inside a house

Fallout was originally denied an approval from Microsoft to mark it as supported on windows 95, under the claim that it didn't "fail gracefully" on windows NT. The reason for the latter is that Fallout, on fact, worked on Windows NT

Bill Gates reportedly asked Mick Jagger how much it would cost to use the song "Start Me Up" for his Windows 95 commercial. Jagger replied with a number in the millions thinking it would dissuade Gates but he agreed to the undisclosed amount on the spot

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