There is a lot of truth in the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This applies especially in today’s IT world, where system instabilities abound and tight budgets prohibit frequent operating system (OS) migrations. Upgrading OSs unnecessarily or overtaxing your older hardware with the latest OS can lead to trouble. Sometimes, it’s best to stick with what works, and sometimes that means sticking with an older version of Windows. Unfortunately, supporting an older OS can be a challenge, especially when searching for drivers.

TechRepublic member charlespinsent is experiencing such a problem with his Compaq Deskpro XE, and he turned to TechRepublic’s Technical Q&A for help. Trying to load Windows 95, this user cannot find a driver for his Mitsumi CD-ROM drive. In this case, running an older version of Windows best suits our user’s needs. Unfortunately, the appropriate driver is not included on the disk.

In response to charlespinsent’s question, members have suggested two possible solutions: download a driver from the Internet or create a Windows 98 boot disk to boot from.

Search the Web
To begin, members suggest looking on the Mitsumi Web site to see if the driver is available for download. If it’s not, check the following sites, suggested by members soulrider, TheChas, and fenaikh:

Create a Windows 98 boot disk
Creating a Windows 98 boot disk could be the perfect fix to this member’s problem. TechRepublic member donmars writes, “Create a startup disk on a floppy from a friend’s Win98 machine.” Here’s how:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Control Panel.
  4. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  5. Click the Startup Disk tab.
  6. Click the Create Disk button.

This will require the Windows 98 CD-ROM, so make sure to have it handy. This Windows 98 boot disk can now be used on charlespinsent’s Compaq. It should contain a driver compatible with the Mitsumi CD-ROM drive. All that’s left to do is boot the computer from the disk and then load Windows 95.

Got a better way to do it?

Where do you turn when you need to find a driver? Post a comment to this article or visit TechRepublic’s Technical Q&A section to share your thoughts.