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From Windows 3.1 to Windows 95

By mollym ·
Long story short, after getting a Packard Bell 486 in back in running order, I finally got the CDRom to work again. In the meantime, I had loaded Windows 3.1 on the machine to be able to load some other drivers needed.
When I go to install Windows 95 through the Setup, it tells me that the computer "already has an operating system installed which cannot be upgraded by this version of Setup. Please obtain the Windows 95 Upgrade."
Why can't I just copy over WIndows 3.1?
Can I just delete3.1 or would I lose CDRom support?

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From Windows 3.1 to Windows 95

by dmiles In reply to From Windows 3.1 to Windo ...

Try cold booting with setup disk in drive and the CD-ROM in the file manager or Program Manager,click file,and then click Run,type a:\win95\setup and see if set up will run.You are probaly using a OEM version of windows95,you will need the WIN95 SR1.
By reformatting you will loose every thing and will have to start fresh and that means reseting the cdrom.Good Luck

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From Windows 3.1 to Windows 95

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From Windows 3.1 to Windows 95

by grantcom In reply to From Windows 3.1 to Windo ...

You are apparently trying to use a Full Install version of Windows 95 (most likely an OEM Version) This is a licensing issue and there is a workaound for it but it is not legal.

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From Windows 3.1 to Windows 95

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From Windows 3.1 to Windows 95

by NetTek In reply to From Windows 3.1 to Windo ...

Windows 3.1 is not an operating system, per se; it is a GUI program (Graphical User Interface). The operating system is MS-DOS, and Windows 3.1 simply runs on top of it. Your CD-ROM is controlled by DOS, not Win 3.1. All you need to do to installWindows 95 is boot to your present PC, exit Windows 3.1 and return to a DOS prompt, and rename the Windows directory (say, to WINDOWS.OLD, for example). The command would be c:\ren windows windows.old. You should now be able to install 95.

Windows will search for your hardware and load its own drivers. Whatever information it can't find, it will take from the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files, which are located at the root of the C drive and are for use by DOS.

Any Windows compatiblesoftware that you had installed on the 3.1 machine may need to be reinstalled in order to run properly with Windows 95.

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