On December 31, 2002, Microsoft's support
for Windows 95 reached "end of life", which means that only limited
support for it is available on Microsoft's Web site. It also means that
software updates (such as bug fixes and security patches) are no longer being
provided by Microsoft. In effect, Windows 95 is no longer a supported
For this reason, we do not recommend running EchoLink on Windows 95. Since updated patches for Windows 95 are no longer being provided by Microsoft, connecting a Windows 95 computer to the Internet can be viewed as a substantial security risk.
However, many EchoLink users are successfully running the program on
Windows 95, which is sometimes the only 32-bit version of Windows which will
run on an older computer, particularly if it has 16 MB of RAM or less.
Each release of EchoLink is tested on Windows 95 along with other Windows
EchoLink has special system requirements for Windows
95. Before installing EchoLink on a Windows 95 machine, please review the
Internet Explorer: Although EchoLink does not require a Web
browser per se, it does require certain Windows system components which are not
found in a basic Windows 95 installation. The easiest way to install
these components is to install Internet Explorer, version 5.0 or above.
Unfortunately, current versions of Internet Explorer will not work on Windows
95, and Microsoft is no longer offering older versions of IE for
download. If your Windows 95 system does not have Internet Explorer 5.0
or above already installed, IE 5.5 SP2 is recommended. You can download
Windows Installer: The EchoLink installer requires Windows Installer
2.0 or above. You can download the Windows 95 version of Windows Installer
Winsock 2: EchoLink requires Version 2 (or above) of the
Windows Sockets layer, also called Winsock 2. This must be installed
separately on Windows 95. (If it is not installed, you will see an error
message about a missing WS2_32.DLL when you start EchoLink.) To
upgrade to Winsock 2 on a Windows 95 machine, download and run the Winsock 2
Sound Cards: Many of the sound cards commonly found in older
computers are not capable of "full duplex" operation -- that is, they
cannot record and play back at the same time. This can be a limitation of
either the hardware itself, or of the Windows driver it is using.
Experience has shown that drivers developed for Windows 95 are less likely to
be full-duplex than drivers written for later Windows versions.
Although EchoLink does not require a full-duplex sound card in
single-user mode, it does require it in Sysop mode if either the VOX or the
Internal DTMF decoder is used. If you experience problems
running in Sysop mode under these conditions, check to see if an updated driver
is available for your sound card, or whether a newer sound card can be