How to install Windows 95 without the startdisk

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How to install Windows 95 without the startdisk

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Problem:
You have Windows 95, but you haven't got the bootdisk. So you
cannot install Windows 95, because the CD is not bootable

You need:
The Windows 95 Disk
The Windows 98 (SE) Disk

You do:
Just insert the Windows 98 (SE) Disk and boot it. Follow the instructions on the screen, until you are at the blue "Welcome to Windows 98 (SE) Setup" screen. Now press F3 and confirm to leave the setup. You are now in DOS. Eject the Windows 98 disk and insert the Windows 95 disk. Now type in the command promt
cd..
and then
setup.exe

Now the Windows 95 Setup should start.

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Post by Rob Jansen »

Ok.

A few problems:

Windows 98 formats it in FAT32, not all Windows 95 can read it.
And you even dont partition and format the disk, just boot at this stage the HD cant be used yet.

After running the setup and after the restart, Windows 95 is searching for drivers for a few devices and cannot find the system files (they are still in the .cab files on the CD drive (wich hasnt been installed yet in Windows 95).

A better sollution is avaible in my windows collection book located at: http://djrob.betaarchive.co.uk

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Post by Vista Ultimate R2 »

Easiest thing is just to download the Windows 95 bootdisk from http://bootdisk.com You could use the '98 one, it's just DOS after all, and format as FAT16 using '98's utilities (or better still use one of the later releases of Windows 95 that supports FAT32), but using the '95 one is probably best.
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Post by dean corso »

ok^^
well i didn't have problems with this formatting thing. i formatted it in dos with format.com, stored on the windows 95 disk

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When I install 95, I use a DOS bootdisk.
The only limitation is that the installer rejects some DOS kinds (eg. Caldera, it GPFs then DOS Extender failure, or something like?). (Edited 26/Nov/2009)
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The REAL install guide(VPC only)
You will need these to install WIN95
Windows 95 Boot floppy disk(download it in www.allbootdisks.com)
Windows 95 Cd-disk
First,Mount Floppy disk and boot
Second,When Loaded,type fdisk,enter,Create A new parition
Third,type Xcopy R:\Win95 C:\Win95<-You Can Change it! ,Enter
Fourth,when copied to C:,you can type R: ,then setup
Fifth,Follow Screen!
Lastly,When Reboot,setup will ask you location of dll/vxd,Change the R:\Win95 to C:\(the folder name)
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Post by Rob Jansen »

harry4567 wrote:The REAL install guide(VPC only)
You will need these to install WIN95
Windows 95 Boot floppy disk(download it in www.allbootdisks.com)
Windows 95 Cd-disk
First,Mount Floppy disk and boot
Second,When Loaded,type fdisk,enter,Create A new parition
Third,type Xcopy R:\Win95 C:\Win95<-You Can Change it! ,Enter
Fourth,when copied to C:,you can type R: ,then setup
Fifth,Follow Screen!
Lastly,When Reboot,setup will ask you location of dll/vxd,Change the R:\Win95 to C:\(the folder name)
What do you say, this is terrible reading.

And thats not the easiest way, the easiest way is to copy it too the harddisk and run it from there.

See my post above.
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Post by harry4567 »

I'm Getting in the servers

But What?

I need to full my collection and use it in VPC

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Your Windows Collection Book is Great
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If it has videos,it will perfect
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Post by mdogg »

dean corso wrote:ok^^
well i didn't have problems with this formatting thing. i formatted it in dos with format.com, stored on the windows 95 disk
You were probably using Windows 95B (OSR2) which has full support for FAT32.
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Post by Rob Jansen »

Fdisk is the one desiding about if it must be FAT or FAT32, because when using a FAT(16) version it says that it only can take 2048MB per partition.

For FORMAT it doesnt matter, if its more, the newer ones (B-C-98) format it in FAT32, if its under 2GB it formats it in FAT(16)

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Post by HubmaN »

Hmm, amazing how DOS runs in resident, without a disk

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