Is there a way to get a hard driv e with Windows 95 on it

October 11, 2014 at 19:28:04
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Trying to get an older HP Pavillion to set up windows 95 on it. will not accept the old Win95 start up floppy I have. Operationg system not found.

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October 11, 2014 at 21:27:02
Why do you want Windows 95? A modern Linux distro would still probably perform very well, and have many more features/be more secure...

That being said, it's not that crazy to suggest that the floppy may have been corrupt...

Could you install Win95 via a CD/DVD? If so, it's not too difficult to find the ISO downloads. It might not be entirely 'legal' but I highly doubt Microsoft really cares...

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October 12, 2014 at 00:57:23
'Operating system not found' may mean it's trying to boot from a hard drive with no system files on it. Make sure the floppy drive is the first boot device in the boot order in bios setup.

It's also possible your bootdisk or floppy drive are bad. You can download a file to create a bootdisk at, among other sites, If your 95 cd is not the first version then it's fat32 capable and you can also use a 98 bootdisk to start the install.

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October 12, 2014 at 18:56:56
Lots of problems if you are attempting to in install Win95 on anything newer than 10 years old, probably even 15 years old.

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October 14, 2014 at 11:29:41
Hi OldLady,

please bear in mind that W95 runs as a program under dos.

Therefore the pc needs be old and dos already installed, such that the pc operates without problem as a dos machine. Obviously this restricts the amount of memory and disk capacity etc.

Maybe the W95 floppy is not a bootable disk. Try starting the pc without the W95 floppy loaded.

If it boots up (with dos), then load the floppy and see what files are on it. Maybe something like install.bat, which should be run.

Good Luck - Keep us posted

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October 14, 2014 at 16:04:17

Not sure where you're getting your info but a while a drive may need be FDISK-ed and formatted, it doesn't have to have DOS already installed on it to install Win95. All that's needed for most CD installations (except for the upgrade, which looks for a previous Win3.x install) is a bootable floppy with CD-Rom drivers (and FDISK/FORMAT), available here:

Floppy installations generally come with a startup disk #1 which will allow FDISK-ing and formatting of a drive.

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October 15, 2014 at 10:49:41
Hi T-R-A, appreciate your thoughts.

Mine are based on PC is old, so possibly it already has an os on the hdd.

OldLady is using a floppy - who knows what is on it. I thought maybe if floppy was loaded, and boot order is looking at the floppy first (which is normal), if the floppy has no os, pc will not boot, displaying 'os not found'.

I go for the simple things first, which is why I made my suggestions.
Regards - Mike

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October 15, 2014 at 20:13:11
Even my "guru" stays away from this one. I have still operating beautifully an old Tandy 386 with Win3.1 on it. The Paint program on it is much better to use for my hobby of designing pages on it. However it only will save to a 'floppy disk" so any attempt to move that floppy over to a newer machine is to put in in either Win 95 or Win 98. Tried to open them in Win XP but it would not recognise them. Since I used to have an old Win 95 which worked great but was lost in a move caused by serious illness, which I recovered from finally, but lost the machine.
My actual 'on line' macine is Ubuntu, it will not read the old floppys either. It is just a hobby so I am not into forcing anything. Just thought it would be a possibility. So I asked.

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October 15, 2014 at 20:15:59
I am going to have my computer guy check this one out for me. I do not try stuff on my computers (there are four, only one is on line), I just use them for various designing, a hobby of mine.

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October 15, 2014 at 20:16:36
It is an old machine on purpose.

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October 15, 2014 at 20:17:27
very possible, is quite old and not sure where it came from or when.

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October 15, 2014 at 20:30:04
ALL of these answer are helpful, will not know what works until my computer guy can take a look at them. Next week.

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October 15, 2014 at 23:02:26
XP not seeing the floppies may be a 'media descriptor byte' issue. It's just a small code on the disk telling the OS what kind of floppy it is. Dos and windows versions up through 98 don't need it, although formatting a disk in 98 (and maybe 95) will set the descriptor byte even though it's not used. But starting with XP, if the media descriptor byte isn't there it will tell you the disk isn't formatted. The solution would be to only use disks formatted on your XP machine.

As already mentioned, there are several types of 95 installations--from CD (both upgrade from 3.1 and full) and floppies, again upgrade and full. But all start with a 95 installation floppy bootdisk because 95 cds aren't bootable.

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October 15, 2014 at 23:25:44
A floppy formatted for XP will not work in the old '386'. Looks like I will be searching for a good 95 bootdisk. My computer guy already discovered the '95 CD is not bootable (yea, he tried them both).

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October 16, 2014 at 01:04:39
Is the 386 floppy drive a 720 K instead of a 1.44? (Both drives look alike.) It's that or either the 386 for XP floppy drive is misaligned and only accepting disks it has formatted.

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