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Learn About Windows 95 with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry

In this mid-1990s promotional film you’ll be treated to a first hand tour of Windows 95 by none other than a partial cast of the show Friends.

Although we’re sure this video answered a lot of questions for people at the time of its release, it raises quite a few for us in the present. How much money did it take to pull two of the most popular television stars of the day into this silly marketing film? Did they pay to use that Seinfeld’esque back beat in the beginning? Was there really a computer dark ages so dark that people needed to be told how to open and close a file (and that the file didn’t actually vanish)?

[via Neatorama]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/27/12

Comments (12)

  1. Emmet

    “Was there really a computer dark ages so dark that people needed to be told how to open and close a file (and that the file didn’t actually vanish)?” You are really overestimating today’s world people… I know at least half a dozen blokes that won’t ever comprehend idea of file

  2. Anonymous

    Was there really a computer dark ages so dark that people needed to be told how to open and close a file (and that the file didn’t actually vanish)?

    Answer: YES! And we’re STILL IN IT! Ask nearly any I.T. desktop support person just how “stupid” the general public still is. (I mean, do we really need to examine our politics?!)

    Unless you’re under the age of 40, the vast majority of people have no idea how to really use even Windows 7! Maybe that’s why Windows 8 is being significantly “dumbed down”. And when you think about it, the vast majority of users are really only using a small handful of apps. More often than not, the only app people use is a web browser (typically, IE) or an office app of some kind. I mean, even Facebook/Twitter is nothing more than a (insert favorite adjective here) web site. So who needs Windows to do that?

    And really. Now that everything seems to be moving to “the cloud” who really needs Windows?

  3. Chris

    Anyone know of a better way to sell a product than having a hot chick at the controls. Even now several years later, Jennifer Aniston is still hot.

  4. bluelord

    @chris : a hot chick to sell a cold product… what’s more logical than that???

    I mean you wouldn’t need angelina jolie for iphone would you?? ;o)

  5. sooopy

    Re: Anonymous.

    I disagree with you and I.T. personnel concerning yours perceptions about “just how “stupid” the general public still is”. Particularly when the only contribution an I.T. individual with an computer engineering degree can offer a busy work office is to re-boot problematic computers because I.T. is too busy eating ham sandwiches at 10:00 A.M. and wiping the mayonnaise from their hands on their shirts.

    Ever notice the stains on I.T. personnel shirts?

  6. scivro

    That’s not mayonnaise!

  7. runlevel0

    People has problems understanding SIMPLY mobile phones and TVs…

    And Windows users, even the dumbest, are way more IT savvy than the average Mac user. I have been supporting people who was working with their macs for years and didn’t even knew that there was something like a directory structure. At least a dumb PC users knows that there is something called “folders” and that there is stuff in them.

    Note that I am not an Apple basher, I am a Mac user myself.

  8. drew

    wow i forgot how it used to be. i totally forgot how windows 3.1 worked. we had 3.11 for years, our neighbor finally got 95 and i was so jealous! wow that is just so sad to look back and think, i have more computing ability in my cell phone than even existed in anything in that day. but yeah that vid is cheesy and funny

  9. jon_hill987


    Even Angelina Jolie could not make me by an iPhone…

  10. Alex

    Wow! How boring the first half was, and the second part was just as horrible. Bad marketing.

  11. pbug56

    And as we head to MUTTRO aka Win 8, we’re still waiting for bugs extant since Win 95 and earlier to be fixed!

  12. Jack McGann

    …. and I still like the theme song, Stones “start me up”..!

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