How to reload operating system

January 15, 2011 at 18:42:05
Specs: Windows Vista
2000 COMPAQUE COMPUTER..WE HAVE THE FLOPPY FOR WINDOWS 95 AND IT IS ASKING FOR A COMMAND FOR A DRIVE..WHAT DO WE DO?

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#1
January 15, 2011 at 20:24:43
If it's asking for the location of command.com then either the floppy drive or the bootdisk is bad. Otherwise, post back the exact wording of the error message.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#2
January 15, 2011 at 20:33:14
We have a floppy of windows 95 and a CD of windows 98 updates...
when we type in - dir it shows both are loaded
but it keep taking us back to A:>
we don't know what to type in now...I thought the computer would restart and we would be in business...

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#3
January 15, 2011 at 22:19:05
Do you mean you have a SET of 95 installation floppy disks? Or do you just have a single 95 bootdisk?

If you just have the bootdisk, well that's not enough. You need either the complete set of floppy disks or the 95 installation cd.

The 98 updates won't do you any good. I'm not exactly sure what that is. There was a 98 update cd that allowed the user to go from 98 first edition to 98 second edition. Even if that's what you have, it won't help since you don't have 98 installed.

If you have the complete set of 95 floppies then you boot with the first disk. Then if setup doesn't start just type SETUP and enter.

If you have the bootdisk and the 95 cd then:

First, your bootdisk needs to have cdrom support. Not all 95 bootdisks had cdrom support. You can watch what shows on the screen to tell if cdrom drivers are loading. If they load successfully one of the last things that show on the screen will be the cdrom drive letter.

Then at the a:\> prompt type d:\setup and enter, where D is whatever drive letter showed on the screen as the cdrom drive letter. With some bootdisks you can just type setup and enter.

So, how you preceed depends on what disks you have (or don't have).

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