Cant install Windows 95 onto new HDD Help!

May 2, 2009 at 05:19:17
Specs: Windows 95 (USB Support)
Hi there,
Im in need of some desperate help here. I want to put Windows 95 onto a computer so that I can play my old DOS games without using an emulator.

So Ive build the computer and I know the components to work. I obtained a genuine copy of 95 which came with the 95 CD, the booklet with the COA and the Boot Floppy Disk.

I did an FDISK and reformatted it to FAT32.

However, I cannot, no matter what I try, get the installation process to intitialise.

The BIOS screen comes up, and then (depending on the boot sequence) I get the drive letter coming up of either the Floppy drive or the HDD (like in Command Prompt).

Ive tried to type 'install' 'setup' 'win95' the usual stuff but nothing is working, I just get the message (Bad command or file name).

Also, I cant seem to find the drive letter for my CD ROM drive. Ive been through the whole alphabet but none of them work.

It cant be my CD ROM drive because I put in a Windows 98 CD and it went straight into the installation procedure. So, I can start the installation with a 98 installation CD, but when I boot up with the 95 CD, it says 'BOOT DISK FAILURE'.

I hope I havent confused you too much.
Please help!


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May 2, 2009 at 07:08:29
If you have Win98, why aren't you using that instead? Other than that, it would help to know the system specs.

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May 2, 2009 at 07:19:16
Thanks for the reply.

I suppose I could use 98, but I spent money on 95 for this purpose so I dont wanna waste it. Anyway, just thought id say I managed to get 95 installed, I needed to create a boot disk which has CD ROM support as the one which is supplied doesnt apparently.

Anyway, it intalled a treat but didnt work anyway because I had a 'Windows Protection Error'.

I believe this to be due to my AMD Athlon XP processor which is 2Ghz. So Ive purchased an 800MHz Duron instead.

This should work right? I hope so, ive wasted good money otherwise.

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May 2, 2009 at 15:59:04
All Win95 CD require a boot floppy to start setup, as do many Win98 CDs.

Sorry, but you wasted your money twice. I don't know why anyone would even pay for Win95 anymore, but if you paid more than $5-10, you paid too much. And you certainly didn't need to replace the CPU. It would have been nice if you posted the specs like I asked. How much RAM do you have? More than 256MB?

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May 2, 2009 at 17:14:39
And (not piling on here), if you'd really want the "DOS Game" experience, you probably would have done better by installing DOS (sorry, guess I'm just a purist)...

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May 4, 2009 at 09:32:53
If you do intall 95 you can use a 98 bootdisk to get things going. They've got better cdrom support anyway.

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