Windows 95 build 81

Build of Windows 95
OS familyWindows 9x
Version number4.00
Build number81
Compiled on1994-01-19
Product key
Beta Site ID140743
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Windows 95 build 81 is an internal Milestone 5 build of Windows 95.

While the build itself is real, some copies found online are said to have a modified boot screen saying "January 1994". The unmodified copy still has the "November 1993" boot screen, identical to builds 73f and 73g.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

  • Setup has been slightly updated, and the "Please wait while Setup initiates" message is moved to the center of the screen.
  • This build introduces support for the Sound Blaster 16, although it does not work correctly until build 180.

Shell features[edit | edit source]

  • This build is the earliest available build to have a single Start button and menu enabled by default (though builds 73f and 73g also have it, it is disabled by default and there is no UI to enable it).
  • This build now has the ubiquitous close button on the right side of window titlebars, instead of using the style from Windows 3.1. The button in the top-left corner has now been replaced with the application's icon, which functions the same as its predecessor. This feature remains until nowadays.
  • Tray Properties is now renamed to "Taskbar Properties" and has the ability to re-minimize windows.
  • Selected options now have shadow effect on the text instead of bold.
  • Some icons have been updated, such as the CD-ROM icon and the Control Panel icon.
  • The option to view as Detail/Folder view on the Explorer has been removed from the upper toolbar.
  • Shutdown Windows renamed all references of "Windows" to "Chicago".

Application features[edit | edit source]

  • Dr. Watson has been removed and no longer starts up on boot.
  • This build includes the System Monitor, which serves to monitor CPU activity and replaces the WinMeter application later on.

Control Panel features[edit | edit source]

  • The Color applet has been merged with the Display applet (which was renamed from Desktop) as the Appearance tab.
  • The Advanced System applet has also been merged with the System applet as the Device Manager tab.
  • There is now a new "New Device" applet to allow the user to easily install hardware onto the system.

File differences[edit | edit source]

The following files have been introduced or removed compared to build 73g:

Added files
Name Description Version
MFCOLEUI.DLL Microsoft Windows(TM) OLE 2.0 User Interface Support 2.00
RASAPI32.DLL Remote Network Access Dynamic Linked Library 4.00.81
RNAAPP.EXE Remote Network Access Applet 4.00.81
RNANP.DLL Remote Network Access Network Notifier 4.00.81
RNAUI.DLL Remote Network Access User Interface 4.00.81
SETUP4.DLL Windows Setup Functions 4.00.81
SOUND.DLL Windows Sound Driver core component 4.00.81
Removed files
Name Description Version
CGA40WOA.FON Non-Windows application font for 386 enhanced mode (USA code page 437) 3.10
CGA80WOA.FON Non-Windows application font for 386 enhanced mode (USA code page 437) 3.10
DRWATSON.EXE Windows Fault detection utility 4.00.73a
EGA40WOA.FON Non-Windows application font for 386 enhanced mode (USA code page 437) 3.10
EGA80WOA.FON Non-Windows application font for 386 enhanced mode (USA code page 437) 3.10
LOCALMON.DLL Local Monitor DLL 4.00.73a
LOCALSPL.DLL Local Spooler DLL 4.00.73a
MLOLE.DLL Microsoft Windows(TM) OLE 2.0 User Interface Support 2.00
RNAAPP32.EXE Remote Network Access Applet 4.00.73a
RNADLL32.DLL Remote Network Access Dynamic Linked Library 4.00.73a
SOUND.DRV Windows Sound Driver core component 4.00.73a
WINOLDAP.MOD Non-Windows application component for standard mode 3.10
WINPRINT.DLL Windows Print DLL 4.00.73a

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