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Microsoft Plus! was a series of add-on packs and operating system enhancements made by Microsoft. Microsoft Plus! was discontinued in favor of Windows Ultimate Extras in Windows Vista.

Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95

Win95Plus

Windows 95 logo screen with Microsoft Plus! installed.

This was the first version of Plus!, and included Space Cadet Pinball, the Internet Jumpstart Kit (the introduction of Internet Explorer 1.0), DriveSpace 3 and Compression Agent disk compression utilities, the initial release of theme support along with a set of 12 themes, dial-up networking server, dial-up scripting tool, and graphic improvements such as anti-aliased fonts, full-window drag, the ability to stretch and shrink the wallpaper to fit the scree and high color icons. System Agent (which would later be included as Task Scheduler) was included in Plus!. A utility to notify users of low disk space ran as part of System Agent. Plus! for Windows 95 was initially marketed for adding features for high-performance computers, with the minimum system requirements being an 80386 CPU with 8 megabytes of RAM. Later releases of Windows 95 included DriveSpace 3 and Internet Explorer 3. Windows 98 included all enhancements introduced in Plus! for Windows 95, although the Pinball game was not installed by default; instead, it was included on the Windows 98 CD.

Microsoft Plus! for Kids!

This version of Plus! was released in 1997 and targeted at children of ages 12 and under. It includes three new applications:

  1. Talk It! - a text-to-speech program that says what users type using various voices
  2. Play It! - an electronic keyboard with music and sound effects
  3. Paint It! - a version of Microsoft Paint for kids

It also contained a picture picker along with clipart, fonts, 10 desktop themes, and Protect It!, parental controls for Internet Explorer. It also contained a picture picker along with clipart, fonts, 10 new desktop themes, and Protect It!, which are parental controls for Internet Explorer.

There is also a demo version for Microsoft Plus! for Kids!. However, it only contains the readme for the program and the Underwater theme.

Microsoft Plus! 98

Win98Plus

Windows 98 logo screen with Microsoft Plus! installed.

As the sequel to the original suite of enhancements for Windows, Plus! 98 included the original set of themes along with 18 new desktop themes, along with new programs and tools for Windows 98. An organic art 3D screensaver rendered unique infinite 3D visual shapes. A Start Menu cleanup utility was added to Windows 98's Maintenance Wizard. A Cybermedia Non-Critical File Cleaner utility was integrated into Disk Cleanup. ZIP file integration with Windows Explorer was first introduced with this version under the name of Compressed folders. New games, such as Microsoft Golf 98 Lite, Lose Your Marbles! and the now popular Spider Solitaire were also part of Plus! 98. A Deluxe CD Player with CDDB support and a basic "express" version of Picture It! were also included. Finally, Plus! 98 came with McAfee VirusScan 3.0, along with a six-month supply of free updates.

Some Plus! 98 features such as Compressed folders and the Spider Solitaire game were included in Windows Me and later Windows versions. The Deluxe CD Player was included with Windows 2000. Although Windows Me does not include all of the Plus! 98 features and Plus! 98 Setup is blocked by Windows Me as incompatible, it can be installed on Windows Me by copying the setup files to the local hard disk and renaming Setup.exe before running it.

Microsoft Plus! Game Pack: Cards & Puzzles (Released 1999)

  • Microsoft Entertainment Pack: The Puzzle Collection
  • Microsoft Pandora's Box (trial version)


Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP (Released 2001)

  • Plus! Themes (some integrated in Windows XP MCE)
  • Plus! Screen Savers (some integrated in Windows XP MCE)
  • Plus! Voice Command for Windows Media Player
  • Plus! Personal DJ
  • Plus! MP3 Converter
  • Plus! CD Label Maker
  • Plus! Speaker Enhancement
  • Plus! 3D Visualizations for Windows Media Player
  • Plus! Skins for Windows Media Player
  • Plus! Hyperbowl (game)
  • Plus! Russian Square
  • Plus! Labyrinth (game)


Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition (Released 2003)

  • Plus! Photo Story 2
  • Plus! Party Mode (some integrated in Windows XP MCE)
  • Plus! Analog Recorder
  • Plus! CD Label Maker (some integrated in Windows XP MCE)
  • Plus! Dancer (some integrated in Windows XP MCE)
  • Plus! Audio Converter (some integrated in Windows XP MCE)
  • Plus! Effects and Transitions for Windows Movie Maker 2
  • Plus! Alarm Clock
  • Plus! Sleep Timer
  • Plus! Skins for Windows Media Player 9 Series
  • Plus! Sync & Go for Pocket PC



Microsoft Plus! SuperPack for Windows XP

Combined version of Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP and Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition


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