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Windows 95 CD wont boot?

By Tyharo ·
I bought a windows 95 CD on eBay a few days ago. I want to install it on an old laptop of mine that use to have vista but now has ubuntu on it. I complete formatted the drive so there's nothing on it. I put the CD in and set the boot order to go to the CD drive first. When i reboot the bios says there is no media and no operating system. I hear the CD drive spin up but the installation never starts.

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by Slayer_ In reply to LeonBA told you right

The way Windows handles networks, Windows 95 CAN read a NTFS drive if its on a networked machine. I do it all the time, I still have a windows 95 computer running and in active use.

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No, it doesn't have everything.

by seanferd In reply to Windows 95 CD wont boot?

With the rare OEM exception (best bet revision C, but it may only install on the machine for which it is intended), no 95 CD is bootable. Get a USB floppy drive if you are serious about trying. You may have better luck installing it in a VM.

It is unlikely that there will be drivers for your hardware, you will not be able to run modern apps, - heck, it probably won't even support your processor. You probably need a 486 or early Pentium. A Vista machine is not nearly old enough.

You can try installing a free DOS which can be installed from CD, then run the Win95 setup from the installed DOS.
http://www.freedos.org/freedos/files/
http://www.google.com/search?q=free+dos+bootable+install+CD

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by Slayer_ In reply to No, it doesn't have every ...

As long as his processor is single core and a traditional Intel or AMD, it will work.

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by Slayer_ In reply to No, it doesn't have every ...

I had 95 running on a 2.6 GHZ processor, it hauled *** :). Actually had drivers for it too, back then, nVidia made drivers (5200, the a 6600) for 95 still. Had a typical soundblaster card, so had drivers again. It was really wicked playing some of those old games. I remember trying games like Populous, and casting several spells at once ripping the planet apart, and watching as how smooth it ran as the particle effects sprayed, the screen shook, the people ran and died.

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USB Floppy drive

by Tyharo In reply to Windows 95 CD wont boot?

I bought a $7 usb floppy drive and i think I have a few floppys laying around some where. So all I have to do is put the windows 95 bootdisk SinisterSlay mentioned on it then boot from it, would it even have a boot option since its external?, and have the windows 95 CD in the computer at the same time to boot?

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Pretty much, but the hard part is to come

by Slayer_ In reply to Windows 95 CD wont boot?

You need to find drivers, I recall you saying this was a laptop, so your chances are even slimmer.

And even if you are successful, what do you intend to use this machine for? Windows 95 gets a virus the moments after you hook it up to the net, there are so many viruses still in the wild for it. Last I read, only Avast worked on Win95, and its iffy and kills performance. Only Opera Browser version 8 worked on Win95. I can get you a download of IE5.5SP2. If you have version C of 95, it should include IE4 on the disk, installing that will allow you to do the desktop update. Which will give you almost all the visual functionality as Windows 98.

So no drivers, no virus scanners, no usable browsers.

So unless you are intending to play some legacy games on this (nVidia and ATI both maintain their old driver websites, so you might get lucky) it will be a useless machine.

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by Tyharo In reply to Pretty much, but the hard ...

Its for me to be able to play some old games and mess with the OS a little, I'm mainly concerned about the installing the OS. How would I put something on the floppy? Do I need a program or is it just a drag and drop? Ive never had any use for a floppy before.

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by Slayer_ In reply to Pretty much, but the hard ...

The downloads that we gave you, should be installers, they will ask for a floppy disk (usually Drive A) and they will automatically format it properly.
You will then need to go into your BIOS and make the changes.

But you said this is a vista laptop, that means you probably have a least a duel core processor and at least a gig of RAM. Both make it impossible to run windows 95 on bare hardware.

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DOSBox

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to Windows 95 CD wont boot?

Get with the times. You need virtualization. Use DOSBox to run old DOS games in Win7:
http://www.dosbox.com/

If the games are not DOS games and you REALLY need Win95 then you might want to try installing Win95 in a VirtualBox:
http://www.virtualbox.org/

You can actually boot in to any DOS boot CD that has CD-ROM drivers like PC-DOS and then run the Win95 setup but it just won't run on modern hardware. You need an old computer too. Not sure what this laptop is but virtualization will be easier every time.

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Laptop

by Tyharo In reply to Windows 95 CD wont boot?

The laptop is an old acer aspire single core with 1 gb ram (2 sticks) so i would be able to lower the ram and it should run just fine.

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