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By Casemaker ·
Hi,
I wanted to load win95 onto a packard bell 486 computer running win for workgroups. I looked at the recovery disks and the multimedia cd and multi media master cd and thought I was going to be able to restore the system after I fdisk and format. After doing the fdisk and format the axcel 43cd packard bell does not recognize the cd nor will it allow me to do a restore with the disks. When I try to load win95 with the win 95 setup disk it tells me that it cannot load because I already have an operating system installed. The system is a Packard Bell Axcel 43cd multimedia computer with a intel 80486dx2-50 processor at 25/50 mhz, 4mb ram 420mb hdd. Phoenix bios v4.03.
Any help would be great.
Thanks
Mark

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by Slogmeister In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...

You don't have enough memory to run Win95 anyway. Minimum system requirements are 8mb ram. If you add more ram, and it still doesn't work, make sure that you have formatted the hard disk with "format c: /u" to make sure that everything is truly gone.

- Jason

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by Casemaker In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...

Thank You, I solved my problem with 16mb of fp ram. It took a little bit of time to get it loaded. I had to install another Cd on the Secondary contoller in order to do this. I needed to change autoexec and config to see the new cd, then when I restored the system with PB disk it recognized everything that was installed. Go Figure.
"Have A Safe Day and Look Both Ways"

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by pVp In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...

Wow! Toughie! PB was all over the place with restore/master disks. A lot of the earlier ones expected the system image to be on the HD; iow, if you reformat, you're screwed.

That's probably also where you lost the CD drive, no longer having the MSCDEX stuff, let alone loading it.

You also didn't mention whether the Win95 CD is an upgrade or full version.

If it's an upgrade, you need to install WFW again, or boot from a DOS floppy. Besides CD support, minimally you need win.com in ac:\windows or c:\win directory. This will fake the 95 upgrade into accepting that there is a prior version. I also found out the hard way, that between the text and graphical portions of the install, that win.com gets clobbered. So if you intend to install to c:\win, put the old copy in c:\windows, or vice-versa.

Feel free to email me with more details of your progress, or lack thereof. I haven't done this in at least 3 years, and don't have a WFW/W95 PB machine anymore. (Still have a PB, but with NT.)

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by Casemaker In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...
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by OTL In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...

I just had to assist my son with restoring a pristine HD system (he formated all drives). Using a win 3.1 boot disk, we were able to load win 95 upgrade (you just need a record that you bought Windows).
If you are using an OEM disk then the bios setup should include the ability to read a CD. The BIOS setup for the CD may not be correct.

Added note Win 95 LIKES ram the more (over 16M) the better!

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by Casemaker In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...
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by jlessick In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...

Your Packard Bell probably originally came with a floppy boot disk and restore CD. Probably with WFW 3.11 too. If want to use Windows 95 anyway you don't need the restore CD. Your Windows 95 CD is an OEM version which won't install on a disk with anOS on it. So if you want Windows 95 on this computer this is what to do:
First add some RAM, adding 16 to your 4 would be good.
Get a Windows 98 Startup disk. Make one from any Windows 98 computer.
Boot from this floppy using the choice "With CD-ROM support" if it doesn't find your CD ROM drive it has a sound card interface and you'll have to find the drivers for it.
If it does find your CD, format your hard drive but do not use the /S parameter. Format without copying system files.
Run Windows 95 setup from the CD-ROM drive.
There you go.

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by Casemaker In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...
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by rlienberger In reply to LOAD WIN95 AFTER FORMAT ...

i have a packerd bell 486 and i formated my hard drive and lost win 95 and all the other programs i finally had to ccall packerd bell to help me and yes all your files and operating system is on your cd's that packerd bell provided there just a certain way to get to them e-mail me if you like i will try to help

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