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Introduction to comp.os.*.win95 groups and FAQ
Section - 4. Tell me about the *.win95 Usenet groups.

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The *.win95 groups came out when MS went into Beta 2 testing.  I forgot
when that was, sorry.  At the time there were only *.win95.misc and .setup.
The powers that be since created several groups, around late October 1995,
to split off the massive 1000 posts per day .misc group.  I'm sorry to say
that it didn't work.  :)  But, at least, the discussions grew a lot more
meaningful in the new groups.

These are the original texts from the RFD about the Win95 Reorganization,
which passed its voting and enacted on November First, 1995.  Also included
are the charters for comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc, and *.win95.moderated.
You may find these at:

<ftp://ftp.uu.net/usenet/news.announce.newgroups/comp/>

        4.1.  comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc

This group shall be for the discussion of miscellaneous subjects
concerning MS-Windows 95.  This could include announcements, networking
issues, software compatability, and programming issues.

        4.2.  comp.os.ms-windows.apps.compatibility.win95

There are many problems encountered when trying to run programs
designed for MS-DOS or previous 16-bit versions of Windows, mostly
having to do with PIF/Shortcut settings and conventional memory.
This group will address these problems and related subjects.

comp.os.ms-windows.apps.compatibility.win95 will cover all issues
relating to running DOS or Windows 3.1 programs with Windows 95.
Subjects will include PIF or shortcut settings, AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS settings, freeing conventional memory, running programs
in DOS mode, handling long file names, and printing from older
applications.

        4.3.  comp.os.ms-windows.apps.utilities.win95

A large number of posts in the existing Windows 95 groups relate to
utilities made for Windows 95 and the small programs and utilities
(applets) built into Win95.  This group would be an area to discuss
problems and questions on this sort of program.

comp.os.ms-windows.utilities.win95 will cover all aspects of
installing, running and configuring utilities designed for Windows 95.
"Utilities" will include anti-virus programs, add-ons like the Norton
Navigator and the PLUS! Pack, and the applets built into Windows 95,
such as Backup, Control Panel, and Explorer.

        4.4.  comp.os.ms-windows.networking.win95

Many of the questions and problems users have about connecting Windows
95 to existing networks would not "fit well" in the existing
.networking.* groups because of new features and issues in Win95.
This group would support DUN, connecting Win95 to Novell Netware
networks, and other Windows 95-specific problems.

comp.os.ms-windows.networking.win95 will cover problems and questions
with connecting Windows 95 to the internet and other networks.
The software discussed will include Dial-Up Networking, scripting,
CSLIP, Netware VLMs, etc.

        4.5.  comp.os.ms-windows.setup.win95

(rename .win95.setup to .setup.win95)

Since Windows 95 is merely the latest version of Windows, it makes
sense for the group dealing with setting up Windows 95 to be related
to other Windows setup groups.  This renaming moves
.ms-windows.win95.setup "next to" comp.os.ms-windows.setup.

This group shall be for the discussion of all subjects concerning the
setup of MS-Windows 95 and applications running under MS-Windows 95.

        4.6.  comp.os.ms-windows.win95.moderated

The Windows 95 operating system has been the subject of Usenet
discussion since before its actual introduction. The existing
Win95-related newsgroups get a total of well over a thousand messages
a day. Much of this traffic is relevant and of high-quality, but there
are also significant problems with "noise" such as crossposted flame
wars and abuse based on choice of hardware, operating system, or
software.

comp.os.ms-windows.win95.moderated is intended to be a forum where all
Win95-related concerns can be discussed without these distractions.
Questions and answers about Win95 products and services, brief
announcements of new programs, and constructive accounts of
Win95-related personal experiences are all on-topic.

comp.os.ms-windows.win95.moderated is intended to be a forum where all
Win95-related concerns can be discussed without the distraction of
flame wars.  Questions and answers about Win95 products and services,
brief announcements of new programs, and constructive accounts of
Win95-related personal experiences are all on-topic.

Please see the original charter at
<ftp://ftp.uu.net/usenet/news.announce.newgroups/comp/>
and look for the file [comp.os.ms-windows.win95.moderated]
to read about the moderation policy.

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