Solved Bootmgr problem loading Win 95

July 12, 2012 at 18:25:56
Specs: Windows 7/Dual XP, ?/3gig
I use disk caddies to load the particular OS that I want to use. Presently I use Windows 7 Home Basic but recently I found my original Windows 95 OEM CD and out of sheer interest (for old times sake) I decided to load it onto an empty 160gig drive. I duly loaded the drive into a caddy, adjusted the boot order in the BIOS (A-CD-Harddrive), loaded the CD and booted up. The post went through the usual load sequence but when it got to CD I got this message:

Bootmgr is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.

The CD is genuine, the drive in the caddy is formatted and empty. It occurs to me that it is formatted NTFS... will this make a difference?

Any help will be appreciated.

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July 12, 2012 at 18:35:19
Are you sure the Windows 95 CD you have is bootable?

You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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July 12, 2012 at 21:04:31
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As mentioned, Windows 95 CD's are not bootable. You will need a Windows 95 Boot Floppy, or you will need to use another machine/OS to make the drive bootable to DOS and copy the WIN95 Setup files to it.

How committed are you to running Windows 95 on your modern hardware? Because it is no easy task. You will encounter several obstacles, not all of which can be overcome.

Windows 9x cannot use or read NTFS partitions without third party software (for 98 at least, not sure if this works with 95.)

Windows 9x cannot use Hard Drives larger than 137GB without unofficial patches.
(Use of larger drives without the patch will result in corruption.)

Windows 9x cannot use SATA drives unless drivers were provided for 9x with your motherboard and/or you purchase a third party patch.

Windows 9x cannot use more than 512MB of RAM without unofficial tweaks/patches.

Windows 95 encounters errors with processors >2.1GHz. This limitation at least can be overcome easily though IF you have 95 OSR2.

There are other issues, but those should be considered first.

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July 13, 2012 at 00:29:12
LoneCrusader thank you for your reply. Unhappily I found out the hard way that Win95 is not bootable and in my complete ignorance I opted to load MSDOS 6.22 to facilitate things.

The install process asked whether I wanted to load MSDOS to the first bootable drive which unfortunately was my master drive which is a 1tb drive in three partitions. Happily I said OK because I thought it was referring to the drive in the caddy. When I rebooted I found that I now had a 1tb fat DOS system and EVERYTHING was gone.

Fortunately I make a weekly backup of my system and important documents, pictures etc. So I have spent the afternoon reformatting and repartitioning my drive. My OS is now intact and my important documents have been restored to their respective (newly created) partitions.

This was indeed a bitter lesson to learn considering that I have lost 40% odd of my original setup. We live and learn though.

One last question on this thread... I had another 16ogig drive on which I deleted the partition (I thought I would use it for something else) too late I realised that there was some info on there that I wanted. I presume that information on a deleted partition is not recoverable at all... is that correct?

I have not had a good day but I do thank you and RMT2 for your interest.


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July 13, 2012 at 04:46:03
"I presume that information on a deleted partition is not recoverable at all... is that correct?"

Try this:

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July 13, 2012 at 08:45:54
You're welcome Ewen!

You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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July 13, 2012 at 09:48:55

riider has provided a link to your best hope. Give TestDisk a try, maybe you will get lucky.

Better luck next time!

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July 13, 2012 at 17:33:22
Thank you riider... I followed your advice, installed TestDisk and was able to recover a considerable amount of data. It strikes me now that this whole debacle happened on Friday 13th... there's a message in there somewhere!

Regards to all

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July 15, 2012 at 10:49:26
You may be able to recover additional data using recuva. The partition must show for recuva to work. Get recuva at the link below.

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July 15, 2012 at 16:37:25
Thanks OtheHill... I tried that without success.


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