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Windows 95 from a Window 98 boot disk

By dsnethen ·
I used a Win 98 bootdisk to install Windows 95 and it worked to a point. I received many messages about being unable to locate (for example, vnetsup.vxd;nwlink.vxd and so on) being referenced either in the Registry or system.ini. During the install,I am prompted to insert the Win 95 CD and hit okay for certain dll's. The path shows up as win95. The files are never found. I can skip through all of these, but when I restart, I get the messages above regarding the various *vxd files. All I wantto do is install Windows 95 from a Windows 98 bootdisk. Any help? Should I **** everything clean and start from scratch?

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by dmiles In reply to Windows 95 from a Window ...

You can create a start up disk from the ADD/REMOVE Programs and select the tab to create the start up disk,if you have access to win95 OS.
The other option will be to install the WIN95 OS,then upgrade to WIN98,this way you will have the files that system will look for,some of the VXD files are to be updated and the BIOS has them in memory.

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by grantcom In reply to Windows 95 from a Window ...

If you are booting the 98 disk simply to install the CD Rom that is fine. However, I don't think it is wise to fdisk or format with this disk. You should be able to run the 95 setup CD though if that is all you are doing. in re the vnetsup etc. rem them out of the system.ini file and also uninstall all network components...this is what is giving the errors on bootup. Then reinstall your networking components if needed. Opening the network icon in 95 and then canceling out of it can cause this problem...If you go into Network and it asks for the 95 CD you better give it to it. So if there is no need to go into Network...don't.

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by ruf13 In reply to Windows 95 from a Window ...

I had this very same problem and guess what I found out?? My Win95 cd was bad and that's why it didn't find the files it needed. I used a Win98 boot disk and a Win95 cd and had the same problems. I tried a different cd and voila! all problems solved. Try a different cd, otherwise find a Win95 bootdisk.

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by -Q-240248 In reply to Windows 95 from a Window ...

The errors you mentioned are NetWare drivers for Win9x. This was not installed correctly.

Go to your CD, and see if you can see the Win95 files. Then copy the d:\win95 directory to your C drive, under c:\win95 and when prompted point to that pathfor your setup/windows files. The files you mentioned are on the NetWare client32 CD, not Win95. Has nothing to do with your boot disk, unless your Win95 has not detected your CD drive, then you'll need to add DOS CD drivers.

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by aronya1 In reply to Windows 95 from a Window ...

My first suggestion is that if you don't have any data to lose, wipe the drive clean & start over (just a personal preference; I sleep better knowing I'm not just burying some problem that will show up later).

Either way, boot to the floppy, but don't run your install. Create a folder (WIN95?) on your hard drive & copy the entire contents of the CD's WIN95 folder into it. Now reboot to a DOS prompt using the F8 key. Change to the new directory & run SETUP. From this point forward, the computer will look to this directory by default when it needs files, and you won't have to keep the CD handy. All of this is assuming you are using a full version of Windows, not an upgrade.

Have fun.
Tim

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