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Microsoft Encarta '95

A review of the 1997 edition of Encarta is also available at

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Reviewed on:
Pentium PC w/8Mb and 2XCD

Ease of Installation
Far better than average for a PC CD. The only choice the user has to make during the install, is how much of the CD to transfer to the hard drive of his system. We selected the small installation (Microsoft calls this the "slow" version), and had no complaints about the speed of subsequent searches. Installation requires a minimum of 3.5 MB of hard disk storage.

+ Very clean user interface -- no confusing tiny icons here!

+ User can copy anything in Encarta into user's own word processor

+ Simple search tool

- Content seems somewhat narrower and shallower than other CD Encyclopedia

- Need to remember to look for pull-down menus

An easy to use, well-assembled reference tool


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Encarta '95
Ease of Install * * * * *
Ease of Use * * * *
Manual Utility * * *
Technical Support n/a
SuperKids Test Results * * *

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System Requirements
multimedia PC with 386SX or higher, 4 MB RAMA, at least 3.5 MB of available hard disk space, CD-ROM drive, audio board, SVGA 256 color monitor, MS DOS 3.1 or later, MS Windows 3.1 or later, mouse, headphones or speakers

Any color Mac, System 7.0 or higher, 4 MB of RAM, at least 3.5 MB of available hard disc space, CD-ROM drive

Encarta's Primary Search Device

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