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Booting to Win 95

December 15, 2017 at 09:07:33
Specs: Windows 95
I am trying open my computer with the installed software Win95. The computer starts, advises that it is starting in Win95 and it then goes to the command prompt. I cannot recall the command in DOS to start Windows. Can you help, please.

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December 15, 2017 at 09:39:10

Which is short for
Seems to be a setting somewhere that is not quite right as that should be automatically done for you, but I'm not up to speed on just where it is to be found at.

Many ways to boot to pure DOS mode as your complaint symptom indicates, each one would require it's own unique undoing to return you to autoload of which takes you to windows.


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December 15, 2017 at 09:48:18
Hi Lee thanks for the reply but just report and bad command

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December 15, 2017 at 13:21:29
" just report and bad command"

That's because you were supposed to type win & then press Enter

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December 15, 2017 at 14:54:01
Win95's boot loader might be just a modified DOS boot loader, but it does handle the loading of Win95. Are you sure Win95 is installed and uncorrupted? I ask because the boot loader can't find Win95, and you manually searching can't find WIN.COM (which you should be able to execute by typing win or

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December 15, 2017 at 15:08:13
Many issues could result in bad command error message.
You might be booting a floppy. Remove it and try again.
Your C:/ drive has been horribly ruined and no longer will boot win95 because of a virus or who really can know why from here.

You could try the


command to see what is on the booting disk and if it's windows you will need to use

dir /p

in order to go thru the extensive contents one page at a time. If you have no extensive content then that in itself is a huge problem when it's the C drive reporting it's directory contents.

This is not the place for DOS mode recovery of a failed win95 installation however. First you are lacking in MS-DOS skills and this is not the time to be leaning that part.
Second we really can't do much from here, a dozen back and forth messages will probably go nowhere in the vast majority of the cases just like this one, but we will stick with it if you return with good info on the results of advice given. What do you see when you do the dir command for example? You ignore that request and I might quit - I'm not getting paid.

You may need to seriously consider reinstalling win95 unfortunately. An installation CD should be quite reasonable on eBay.

In times gone by people would often sell a computer with the C: drive deleted of most files. These would sometimes just flash Windows 95 on the screen and then drop right to DOS prompt just as you describe. If this is the case here, dir command should show on Drive C:/ and then you will definitely need to get the installation CD and reinstall win95 entirely. You do not have windows installed at all, the screen flash is only wrongly suggesting that it is a windows 95 machine. It used to be - but no longer has the entire file set that is windows 95.


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December 16, 2017 at 01:15:26
Hi Lee
I appreciate all the help that I can get. I bought this computer new many years ago and then put it into storage with all the files intact. I have only dragged it out to try to help someone else on an unrelated matter.

dir reports the WDSTW directory together with the AUTOEXEC BAT files.

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December 16, 2017 at 01:30:32
It is a very long time since I last ran Windows 95, but I
wonder if it might be useful to look at the contents of that
autoexec.bat file, and config.sys as well.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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December 16, 2017 at 04:17:28
Hi Lee
I appreciate all the help that I can get. I bought this computer new many years ago and then put it into storage with all the files intact. I have only dragged it out to try to help someone else on an unrelated matter.
dir reports the COMMAND COM, WDSTW DIR together with the AUTOEXEC BAT files.

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December 16, 2017 at 18:53:51
Hi DerekArcher,

Unfortunately you are several hundred files short of a full load there.
WDSTW directory is unknown to me, so now I wonder if this was a type of windows installation that you were supposed to activate somehow with the company that sold it new (just after you got it home and powered up the very next day instead of how you did it)? Hope you didn't pay very much for it, because they are probably no longer in business to trigger this thing into a working state for you.

You can try the command

type autoexec.bat

which will display the contents of the text file autoexec.bat and then we could read what is supposed to happen next as that is the purpose of the text file autoexec.bat.
It too should have run all by itself, but at least we can read what it was doing. Issue may be fixed by simply adding some missing text to that file too. We are not up against the wall just yet. Please post full contents of autoexec.bat file, and only if it's easy to do - it might be massive. If it has a file size of zero then never mind yet again - as there is nothing in it at all.

You might try

dir /a /s

command as well. Again, don't bother posting contents unless the results are easy to do, WDSTW directory may contain the hundreds of files that are misplaced at the moment. You may use the /p switch on that just for your own curiosity in seeing what's there when the contents are massive. Adding /p switch would be:

dir /a /s /p

Can you recall the company you bought it from new? How about finding a make and model number for the computer and posting that information? If neither of these are workable as a last resort would you take the shell off of it and look for a motherboard number and post that? I'm just curious what kind of beast this is at this point.


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December 17, 2017 at 01:41:03
Morning Lee

I have used each of the commands you suggested and
dir shows that the autoexec bat has 3 files but the following commands showed:
autoexec.bat just returned to the C:\ and using the switches /a /s and /a /s /p returned bad commands.

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December 17, 2017 at 22:40:23
Ok, Autoexc.bat is empty then which is not unusual and then 95 DOS must not have the advertised talents then to do one or more of the directory command switches. Do instead


and then do

dir /p

and also

dir setup

which might show some files starting with the name setup. We are looking for setup.exe.


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