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An newer screen shot of my Windows 95 desktop. I use the Windows Explorer
shell for launching most programs. This is one reason why I resent the
MSIE "integrated" desktop in Windows 98 and later. On 98 and later I would
be forced to open an Internet Explorer window in order to launch Netscape!
(click for larger image)
My old decked out Windows 3.1 desktop. Windows 3.1 actually supported
displaying 256-color icons (in 32k color or higher video mode). In Windows
95 this feature was turned off and required the user to set a registry
setting or purchase the "95 Plus!" pack. This also shows the Windows 95
calculator running under the Win32s subsystem and the Win32s help. Most
Windows 95 programs require APIs that are not present in Win32s (Win32s
is a subset of Win32 APIs), but the calculator ran.
For those who are interested, to get the high color icons in Windows
95 without "95 Plus!" do the following: Open regedit, go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control
Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics", create a string value named "Shell Icon BPP"
(if one does not already exist), and set the value to "16". Then restart
Windows. (Note, your video mode must be 32k colors or higher)
At first glance this might look like Windows XP, but look closer, it's
Windows 3.1! It's funny how some colors and pictures can make so much difference.
And here is a picture of Windows 1.01 with an XP-ish color scheme.