Solved Copy floppy to dvd or cd

January 4, 2013 at 19:47:48
Specs: Windows 95
I HAVE WINDOWS 95 ON FLOPPY (13 DISKETTES). I WANT TO COPY THEM TO A SINGLE DVD OR CD SO I CAN LOAD IT ONTO MY NEW COMPUTER (DUAL BOOT, FOR OLDER GAMES), WHICH DOESN'T HAVE A FLOPPY DRIVE. THE COMPUTER THAT I WILL BE DOING THE COPYING ON IS RUNNING WIN XP. NEW COMPUTER RUNS WINDOWS 7. IS THIS POSSIBLE AND HOW DO I DO IT? THANKS.

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#1
January 4, 2013 at 20:22:17
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If you want to run Win9x on a newer machine, the best way to do it would be to run it under a virtual machine. There will be such a lack of proper drivers that it would likely be frustration to attempt to dual-boot between the two. Even given that, it's almost mandatory to install an older OS first before attempting to create a dual-boot system, so you could easily bork your current OS (Win7) in trying to do so.

If you still want to use the floppies to install from within a VM, you'd need to expand all files on the 13 floppies to a directory and copy that entire directory to an optical disc. The floppies are the "special" 1.7MB format, so you'd need a utility that could read that format of floppies first (installed, of course, on a machine with a floppy-disk drive). WinImage was such a utility for reading those types of disks:

http://www.winimage.com/

You'd then need to run "setup.exe" from the folder on the optical-disc you created under the VM to have the machine setup for Win95. Again, you'd need to "play" with the settings to determine the best setup for your Win95-under-VM installation to work properly. Also remember that the 13-disk version didn't have a lot of the files/utilities that the CD-version of Win95 had.

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January 5, 2013 at 12:18:49
I HAVE A SELF-CONTAINED EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE (ENCLOSURE ?) THAT IS USB. WOULD THIS PROCESS BE ANY EASIER IF I LOADED WIN 95 ONTO THAT AND JUST PLUGGED IT INTO MY MAIN COMPUTER WHEN I WANTED TO PLAY THE OLD GAMES? IF SO, ANY SUPRISES I MIGHT EXPECT? THANKS FOR THE HELP.

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#3
January 5, 2013 at 20:58:49
You can't do it that way (if you mean load Win95 onto the USB drive). You have to boot to it (which is what the VM "synthesizes"). Is there no way you can use "compatibility-mode" on the XP machine to get the games to run?:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292533

BTW---All caps is considered shouting on a forum.

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#4
January 5, 2013 at 23:49:40
Sorry about the "shouting". Can't type for crap and it's easier with caps lock on......Sounds like what I'm trying to do is way more trouble than what it's worth. All this sounds like it's fairly easy stuff for you guys, but I've got limited experience with computers, and it takes me forever to do anything more than the simple stuff......But maybe I'll take a chance and try to do what you suggested above. If something goes wrong, it's no big deal, I was thinking about erasing H.D. and re-installing Win7 again anyway. Not going to get any better at this stuff if I don't try. Thanks for the help.

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#5
January 6, 2013 at 06:04:15
Given how cheap an old machine that could run Win95 would be (maybe even free), it may benefit you just to try to find one---lots of them out there sitting around. I'd find out if it had pretty generic stuff (sound-card, VGA, etc.) inside first---so drivers for them won't be so difficult to find.

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