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How to Install a Server-Based Windows 95 Setup


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 95


This article describes how to create a flat copy of Windows 95 on a network server so that you can run Setup from the server.

Note that the information in this article applies only to the retail version of Windows 95; using Netsetup.exe is not supported with Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2).


To create a flat copy of Windows 95 on a server, use the Netsetup.exe tool that is located on the Windows 95 CD-ROM. You can run Netsetup.exe only from a computer running Windows 95. You can create a copy of Windows 95 on the following server types:

  • Microsoft Windows NT
  • Microsoft LAN Manager 2.x
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • LANtastic 5.x
  • Banyan VINES 5.52
  • DEC Pathworks 5.x
  • IBM OS/2 LAN Server 1.2 or later
  • Novell NetWare 3.x and 4.x
  • SunSelect PC-NFS 5.0

To create a full copy of Windows 95 on a server, follow these steps:

  1. Double click the Netsetup.exe file in the Admin\Nettools\Netsetup folder on the Windows 95 CD-ROM.
  2. Click the Set Path button.
  3. Type the network path for the copy of Windows 95.
  4. Click the Install button.
  5. Click the Installation Type option you want to use:

          Option             Meaning
          Server             This choice allows for a shared
                             installation. Only .ini, .dat, and user
                             files are stored in the local user's
                             Windows folder.
          Local Hard Drive   All Windows files are stored on the local
                             hard disk.
          User's Choice      User will be prompted for installation
  6. In the Path To Install From box, type the path for the Windows 95 CD-ROM.
  7. Click the Default option you want to use:

          Option                 Meaning
          Create Default         You can create a custom Msbatch.inf file
                                 to automate the installation process.
          Don't Create Default   An Msbatch.inf file is created using only
                                 the Installation Type option. 

After you make all your selections, Netsetup.exe copies all the Windows 95 files to the server. The following folders are created on the server:

   Program Files

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Last Reviewed: December 15, 2000
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