Windows 95 won't boot in dual-boot

February 27, 2009 at 19:41:59
Specs: Windows 95C/NT 4.0, 90mhz/32mb ram
I had a machine dual booting Windows 98se and NT 4.0, which worked nicely. As 98 was a bit slow, i went back to 95. I formatted the C drive and installed 95 where 98 used to be. Obviously this formatting got rid of the bootloader, so while 95 worked perfectly, NT wouldn't load.

After some messing around with the Repair option using the NT setup disks, I got the boot menu back. I edited the boot.ini file so that it would state "Windows 95" rather than "Windows 98" but otherwise left it the same. Now I can get NT to load up easily, but every time I try to select 95, the screen goes blank with just a flashing cursor in the top-left corner. As far as I know 95 should behave the same as 98, but it simply doesn't.

Any idea what is going wrong, or how this could be fixed?

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March 1, 2009 at 10:11:43
If I understand the problem you haven't successfully booted into Win95 then?

Are both your installations located on partitions of the SAME hard drive or different hard drives?

How large is the partition for Win95?
What version of FAT did you format with?
What version of Win95 is it (A,B,C)?

The flashing cursor may indicate that Win95 is not able to configure some of your hardware. Can you type anything when you have the flashing cursor?


To add to the above. I ran Win95 back in the day but never dual booted it. Googling "Dual booting Win95 & NT4" without the quotes yields many hits.

One is linked below.

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