Windows 95 Special Edition

On August 24th, 1995 Microsoft hosted a Windows 95 launch event at their campus in Redmond, Washington. At this event journalists and other attendees were gifted a copy of Windows 95 in a special commemorative box: Windows 95 Special Edition.

Windows 95 Special Edition Front

Only 3,000 copies were handed out making this a fairly rare item to have (especially now, 22 years later).

The inside cover opens up and inside the following text can be found:

In the box you get a CD copy of Windows 95 – upgrade! Apparently, Microsoft couldn’t bring themselves to give away free copies with a full license. You also get the owner’s manual, a leaflet introducing you to The Microsoft Network and a little Launch95: Introducing the world of Windows 95 insert.

And that’s it! The copy of Windows 95 is no different to the version you could buy in the shops, so the only thing about that this is special is the box.

3 thoughts on “Windows 95 Special Edition”

  1. Wow thanks for sharing this info! I picked up one of these at an estate sale and I had no idea it was actually that rare. I’m not it’s worth anything because it’s been opened, but it is really cool to know that I’ve got my hands on a little piece of history. Thanks!

  2. Is the hologram sticker, with the little kid in front of the monitor, also the same as the retail editions? I don’t think I ever had anything but OEM copies of Windows 95, so I’m not sure I ever saw an original box first-hand. From a quick Google Image search for a few original retail boxes, I also couldn’t find one with that particular sticker. I wonder what the story behind it is.

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