Windows 95

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Windows 95
Year of release1995
Default wallpaperN/A
Included image typesWallpapers
Preceded byWindows 3.1 (1992)
Succeeded byWindows 98 (1998)

Windows 95 is an operating system released by Microsoft in 1995. It is the successor to Windows 3.1. It features a new set of tiles, as well as one full screen wallpaper, Clouds. It was succeeded by Windows 98 in 1998.


Windows 95 has a set of tiles in Bitmap format, as well as one full screen wallpaper, Clouds. The pixel art tiles were most likely designed in-house or outsourced to an external graphic designer. Some of the high color ones featuring photos may have utilized licensed stock photos, but no origins have been found. All of these were reused in Windows 98 and Me.

The filenames on the disc generally differ from the names given after installation; these names are listed here too.

Name Original filename Resolution Notes
Black Thatch thatch2 31x30
Blue Rivets rivets2 16x16
Bubbles bubbles 64x64
Carved Stone egypt 32x32
Circles circles 32x32
Clouds clouds 640x480 Likely serves as the branding wallpaper, as the clouds are a major part of 95's branding
Forest forest 256x256
Gold Weave gator 256x256
Houndstooth hounds 27x25
Metal Links mesh 200x180
Pinstripe pstripe 30x32
Red Blocks 3dblocks 54x96
Sandstone sand 256x256
Stitches weave2 96x96
Straw Mat bamboo 30x32
Tiles redtile 32x32
Triangles pyramid2 16x16
Waves halftone 32x32

Fun stuff folder

The funstuff folder on the CD includes a folder named pictures, which features Clouds as well as another branding wallpaper called win95, featuring the Windows 95 logo over the same clouds. This wallpaper greatly resembles the bootscreen, although the Windows flag is larger here. None of the contents of the funstuff folder are installed during setup, so these can only be found by browsing the CD.


The first leaked build of Windows 95 is build 58s. While the tiles here are the same as in 3.1, two new wallpapers are introduced: Chicago and Warning. Build 73f adds Constrct and renames Warning to Work, while adding a new Warning wallpaper. Build 116 replaces the previous work wallpaper with a new full screen wallpaper of the same name. All of these were replaced with the final wallpaper set by build 310.

Name Resolution Notes
Chicago 635x437 Removed in build 310
Constrct 640x480 Introduced in build 73f; removed in build 310
Warning (build 58s)
Work (builds 73f-99)
320x160 Introduced in build 58s; removed in build 116
Warning 258x119 Introduced in build 73f; removed in build 116
Work 640x480 Introduced in build 116; removed in build 310


Windows 95 also includes a set of 8x8 patterns, which are tiled across the desktop. These are not in Bitmap format and are instead rendered through binary values. They can be applied in conjunction with a wallpaper; if the wallpaper is set to be centered, the pattern will be visible on the space surrounding the wallpaper. Due to their simplistic nature, they do not use as much memory and are thus a good option on computers with low RAM.

Name Code
Bricks 187 95 174 93 186 117 234 245
Buttons 170 125 198 71 198 127 190 85
Cargo Net 120 49 19 135 225 200 140 30
Circuits 82 41 132 66 148 41 66 132
Cobblestones 40 68 146 171 214 108 56 16
Colosseum 130 1 1 1 171 85 170 85
Daisies 30 140 216 253 191 27 49 120
Dizzy 62 7 225 7 62 112 195 112
Field Effect 86 89 166 154 101 149 106 169
Key 254 2 250 138 186 162 190 128
Live Wire 239 239 14 254 254 254 224 239
Plaid 240 240 240 240 170 85 170 85
Rounder 215 147 40 215 40 147 213 215
Scales 225 42 37 146 85 152 62 247
Stone 174 77 239 255 8 77 174 77
Thatches 248 116 34 71 143 23 34 113
Tile 69 130 1 0 1 130 69 170
Triangles 135 7 6 4 0 247 231 199
Waffle's Revenge 77 154 8 85 239 154 77 154

Setup background

The setup background features a collage of tech-related images with a 2 color blue-black gradient map applied over it, including a keyboard, mouse, cables and CDs. It is known to have been produced in-house (along with the photos), but it is unknown who designed it. The keyboard was owned by Kevin Kennedy, who lent it to the designer.[1] A higher quality version is also used on the first time run startup screen, although like the bootscreen it is squashed to 320x400, stretches out to 640x400, and when ran on real hardware it further stretches out to the resolution of the monitor.

Unlike setup backgrounds in Windows NT releases, this is also included as a wallpaper in C:/WINDOWS along with the other wallpapers. Windows NT 3.51 and NT 4.0 feature a very similar setup background (which previously appeared as the setup finalization background in 95 build 189), although it uses different cable and CD images, while the mouse image is in a slightly different position.


The first leaked build of Windows 95 (codenamed Chicago), build 58s, uses the same blue-black gradient used for 3.1's setup background. By build 73f, this is replaced with a new monochrome background showing a desk with a CD player, a desk phone with modem, and a computer. Although the file (embedded within SUWIN.EXE) is black and white, it is displayed as black and blue while being used in the setup.

Build 189, the first build that identifies as Windows 95, introduces the final setup background, and also includes the setup background as one of the selectable wallpapers (which is used in the finalization of the setup), although the latter is the version used in NT 3.51 and NT 4.0 but with a darker shade of blue. Build 216 replaces this file with the final 95 version. Interestingly, the German localization of build 222 features a completely different background for the setup finalization process, which consists of space, accompanied by Earth and a galaxy, as well as the wordmark.


  1. Kevin Kennedy on Twitter. 7 August 2020.