Solved Install windows 95 with a USB flashdrive as your hard drive

November 19, 2013 at 07:27:26
Specs: Windows 95, Intel g5 2ghz / 4gigs
I have been wanting to install windows 95 on a usb thumb drive so that I can boot into it and run windows 95 on any computer from my thumbdrive. I do not know how to do this though.

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November 20, 2013 at 19:08:51
You can look at this for the cpu speed fix:

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/141...

Most of the 'modern hardware' I was talking about is on the motherboard--audio, video, LAN/network, IDE controllers. Even if you find all that for one motherboard as soon as you boot the flash drive in a different computer you'll have to find new drivers.

Windows 95 will run without the drivers but you'd have only 640 x 480 video, no audio, no network and your drives would only run in compatibility mode.



#1
November 19, 2013 at 08:09:19
At the very least this would be a major challenge and most likely futile. There are multiple serious issues in doing this. My advice would be to give up on the idea.

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#2
November 19, 2013 at 11:19:08
I would say it's impossible since Win95 didn't support USB.

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#3
November 19, 2013 at 14:03:24
I have the oem version, so it will give me very basic usb support.

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#4
November 19, 2013 at 14:17:18
It's much more than just getting it on a bootable flash drive. I don't think that's a big deal. But 95 is going to have a problem with modern hardware--cpu speed, ram amount and drivers. As soon as 95 starts loading it will recognize the different hardware and start loading drivers. Unfortunately it won't have most of the drivers it needs and there may not even be 95 drivers available anywhere.

And of course a flash drive won't last very long with the constant reading and writing to it that an OS requires.


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#5
November 20, 2013 at 01:59:16
I know a way to limit the ram, is there a way to limit CPU speed? I can remove the modern hard ware. Most of it is just floppy drives, blu ray drives and scsi drives.

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#6
November 20, 2013 at 17:40:00
What are you trying to accomplish? And why can't you do it by using Linux instead?

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/


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#7
November 20, 2013 at 19:08:51
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You can look at this for the cpu speed fix:

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/141...

Most of the 'modern hardware' I was talking about is on the motherboard--audio, video, LAN/network, IDE controllers. Even if you find all that for one motherboard as soon as you boot the flash drive in a different computer you'll have to find new drivers.

Windows 95 will run without the drivers but you'd have only 640 x 480 video, no audio, no network and your drives would only run in compatibility mode.


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#8
November 21, 2013 at 04:07:37
I am an avid fan of old software. I would like to try using windows 95 as it is one of my favourite operating system. I'm okay with no sound, or horrible display. There is a fix to that. And since its on a usb pen drive, I can just drag and drop files from the Internet in windows 7 to the pen drive

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#9
November 21, 2013 at 04:16:47
I thought ide is universal so it would work regardless of age. What's the difference between old and new ide other than the 40 or 80 pin thing

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#10
November 21, 2013 at 09:56:33
They were all 40 pin, it was the cable that had 40 or 80 wires. On the 80 wire cables, the extra wires were grounded and placed in between the data wires to stop crosstalk between the data wires.

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#11
November 22, 2013 at 01:01:58
Windows needs drivers for everything. Yeah, your IDE will work but it won't have the proper drivers--like your video will work without the right drivers, just not as good. The optical drive and maybe the hard drive too will run in compatibility mode. You need the specific 95 drivers for the IDE controllers for them to run right.

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#12
November 22, 2013 at 07:17:34
Can't I get a pci card for win95 ide?

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#13
November 22, 2013 at 07:18:20
And why can ms dos accidentally install on my sata hdd but not win95?

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#14
November 22, 2013 at 09:57:04
"I am an avid fan of old software. I would like to try using windows 95 as it is one of my favourite operating system. "
If this is true why not do it the right way and get an old computer for $30 or $40. Or you could try a virtual machine porgram, but I'm not sure if you would run into the same problems.

larry


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#15
November 22, 2013 at 16:50:25
You can get one of the Promise IDE cards. The ultra33 had 9x drivers. I'm not sure about their faster cards. There's usually some on ebay. Don't get the RAID ones.

I wouldn't think dos or 9X could be installed on a SATA drive, at least with the normal installation procedure. But if it was possible you'd have to have SATA configured as IDE in bios setup.


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#16
November 30, 2013 at 00:19:58
Most old computers where I come from cost $150

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#17
November 30, 2013 at 00:47:36
Try thrift shops or garage sales. Many times people just want to get rid of them.

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#18
December 10, 2013 at 17:09:51
Maybe there is scope for using a virtual machine.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#19
September 2, 2014 at 06:34:35
By far your best result is to find an old W95 computer complete with all drivers. Your video and audio may not be the best, but you should be able t live with it. I need to do the same thing, but the W7 setup just won't run W95 software.
An alternative is to try the compatibility mode on your present OS. Simply START > type in compatibility mode > and enter the OS you desire. It'll download the system and your present setup MAY run the W95 program. I tried it but had trouble with Activex 5 loading. Maybe you'll do better. Good luck

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