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By joanna ·
Hello, I'm a Win95 user. I have problems with explorer.exe recently and it keeps crashing the system. After attempts to reinstall IE5 failed, I attempted to reinstall windows over itself (clicking "no" for overwritting newer system files), only to find out that Windows will not boot anymore! The error message says that there are faults in system.ini, and 10 .vxd files in the directory "c:\windows\system\vmm32\" are not present or are of invalid version. It then goes on to say that because of this, configuration manager cannot run and windows cannot start.

As I know I messed up with the windows system file, I now consider deleting the whole thing and reinstalling it, preferably trying Win98. The only problem is, I want to know if it is possible to install Windows without having the format the hard disk, as I have important files on it and I do not have a way to back up the data (apart from using millions of floppys!). I don't mind reinstalling the program files, so is it possible just to delete "c:\wind

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When Windows 95 first installed did you create the "Emergency Startup Disk" when prompted? If you did boot from this disk selecting the option "With CD Rom Support".

Once you have booted with the startup disk insert your Win95 CD Rom in the drive and run Setup.

If you do not have the startup disk you can borrow or make one from any other Win95 system you have access to.

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