I have this CD here and it does not seem to be a normal setup CD because I cannot boot from it.

Also the text on the CD says "Go to Start > run and then enter d:startimw"

As you can see it is run like a normal program and it is not a setup disk to install Windows 95.

But what is its contents?

Win95 Start cd

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    You're correct that this isn't a Win95 install CD but for clarity no official Windows 95 install CD is bootable, they all require the use of a boot floppy. Booting from CDs was not a supported feature on PCs when Windows 95 was a current OS.
    – mnem
    Nov 24 at 19:35
  • @mnem Good to know, didn't know that.
    – zomega
    Nov 24 at 20:18
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    Easiest way to find out might have been to just run it and see… Nov 24 at 21:54
  • Doesn't have a key written in Sharpie on it so no matter what's on it it's useless.
    – Mazura
    Nov 26 at 21:23

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A machine translation of https://www.winhistory.de/more/win95plus.htm#start says that "The start! Series (one version for Windows 95 and one for Windows 98) is an interactive tutorial for how to use Windows".

  • Makes sense because Windows ME CD2 is also a tutorial.
    – zomega
    Nov 24 at 14:02
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    I believe this was known as "Windows 95 Starts Here" in English.
    – Olivier
    Nov 25 at 1:25
  • @somega The page linked in pndc's answer mentions a weird synchronisation, but the sample given on the page sounds pretty normal to me. Could you maybe dump the iso and upload it somewhere?
    – Dakkaron
    Nov 25 at 9:06
  • @Dakkaron I cannot upload it because it's copyrighted. On the website there is a Swiss woman speaking and that is why it sounds funny to Germans. But the language is 100% correct. Maybe if I find the time I can tell you if on my CD the audio is the same.
    – zomega
    Nov 25 at 12:04
  • @Dakkaron I checked it and the voice is the same.
    – zomega
    Nov 26 at 10:31

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