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Re-install Win95

By Digital_DNA ·
A friend has an old Laptop running Win95. I would like to format and reinstall windows. The portable doesn't have a CD-ROM Drive (Just a floppy). I tossed my Win95 floppy's years ago because disk one was corrupt. What are my options?

If I buy an external PCMCIA CD-ROM Drive will I be able to access it after booting from the Windows 95 boot disk? I'm worried that because there will be no OS and it is a PCMCIA driven CD-ROM I won't be able to see it (The OS installs the drivers for the PCMCIA controller). Am I correct in assuming that?

If that isn't an option, what about a LPT1 or Serial Port CD-ROM Drive? The drivers for those ports are included in the BIOs right?

Anyway, I'm sure you can see my dilemma. Anyone have any suggestions?

EBCDIC

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by TheChas In reply to Re-install Win95

If the hard drive is big enough, I would temporarily install it on a desktop PC, and copy the W95 CD onto it.
(Looking at a W95 'B' OEM CD, if you leave off the Demo, Fun stuff and Sampler folders, you only need 162MB.)
You can get 2.5" to 3.5" adapter kits for under $5.

This way, you would never need a CD drive to install any W95 service.

If possible, you should also copy the driver files from the laptop mfg.

Alternately, the parallel port CD drive would be your best option.

You will need to format the hard drive with the /s switch from the startup disk.
format c: /s
Then, install the DOS driver for the parallel port drive onto the hard drive.

Reboot, then browse to the CD drive, and run setup.

Chas

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by Digital_DNA In reply to Re-install Win95

TheChas,

Thanks for the advice. Your information was very helpful as always. I think I'm going to have to go with @lberto's solution on this one. I already own a external 250 MB zip drive so I think that would be my most cost efficient solution here. I don't know why I didn't think of it myself.

Anyway, thanks for the advice.

EBCDIC

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by @lberto In reply to Re-install Win95

Options:
.- Get a paralell CDROM DRIVE
.- Get or borrow an External Zip drive if 100Mb (you'll need probably 2 disks) or 1 disk 250Mb
.- Get a PCMCI external Hard disk

You have some options, now, you have to think which one goes with your posibilities. I rather go for the External CDRom drive, there are some cheap-ones you could buy. If you go with the ZIP drive first copy the WIN95 folder onto the ZIP disk, then there is a file called guest.exe on the floppy that comes with the Zip unit,that .exe file will allow you to enable the ZIP drive from DOS and then you can access the info located on it.
Format the HDD with format /s from DOS, launch the CD or ZIP unit, made a folder on your hard disk call c:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS, copy allthe files you copied from WIN95 folder and installed it from C:

Good luck,

@lberto
e-mail me back if you have problems
alberto@wirelesscuracao.com

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by Digital_DNA In reply to Re-install Win95

@lberto,

Thanks for the help. I'm going to go with your Zip Install solution.

EBCDIC

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by Gary McP In reply to Re-install Win95

Just another option,

I used to use a piece of software called Laplink.

Basically it came with it's own parrallel cable, and drivers that worked for DOS and Windows. You connect the laptop to another pc, run the install program from the disks (you may need to boot from floppy on the laptop) then copy the Windows installation files from one pc to the other.

As I say, it's just a suggestion.

Hope this helps,
Gary

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by DEREKHYPS In reply to Re-install Win95

pcmcia devices like the cdrom drive should come with the dos drivers. to be sure go to the website that supports the device and look under driver downloads and see what drivers are available. they may list all the OS drivers. the easy way would be to get laplink. you only need one laplink file copied onto a diskette. two pc's connect via a serial com port with a regular serial cable. format the bad pc and copy the win95 cd to hd.

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