My computer wont boot windows 95 from the start up CD

August 9, 2012 at 17:52:36
Specs: Windows 7
Im trying to install windows 95 on a brand new hard drive I bought. I installed the hard drive in a spare tower, bought a new windows 95 cd (never opened) and put it in my cd drive. I told my computer to boot from the cd rom drive first but I always get the error "disk boot failure. insert system disk and press enter". Why am I getting this? The computer should look in the cd drive first, see the windows 95 cd and boot from it letting me install right? HELP!

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#1
August 9, 2012 at 19:24:21
Few (if any) Win95 CD's were bootable since the El Torito standard was quite new at the time:

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Tor...

You'll likely need to find a boot floppy:

http://www.bootdisk.com

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
August 10, 2012 at 10:13:27
As stated above, you will need the Win95 startup disc (boot floppy) & obviously a floppy drive. What are the specs of the system you're attempting to install Win95 on?

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#3
August 10, 2012 at 16:49:21
Floppies will eventually bite the dust. For a more permanent solution, try creating a bootable Windows 95 disc.

I've had success creating bootable Windows 95 discs by opening Nero 6 , selecting "Bootable Disc", then using the floppy drive to copy the files from a floppy disk to a bootable image. It will copy the files from both the floppy and Windows 95 CD to memory, and after copying to memory will then prompt you to eject the Windows 95 CD and insert a blank CD which to copy the image to (I posted back in 2011 on this, reply #19, http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

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#4
August 16, 2012 at 07:52:20
Chapin

If you are intending to install Win95 on a modern computer you will run into too many problems to overcome.

Post the specs of the computer you are trying to install 95 on.


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#5
August 17, 2012 at 16:32:28
sigh

went through the trouble of finding the 95 install floppy and an external floppy drive (bc my tower does not have one), plugged the drive into the tower via USB cable, popped the disk in, started up the cpu did not work. I went into the boot menu and told it to boot from a USB zip (no luck) and a floppy (which it thought for a few seconds before giving me the same error message. I dunno what else to do. The tower is an A plus tower (?) bought from a place in Danbury, the monitor is a NEC LCD1712 monitor. The drive in the tower should be empty (newly purchased) and the windows 95 start up disk and cd are new, cd in the cd drive and disk in the external floppy drive. Thats all the specs I have. Any ideas?


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#6
August 17, 2012 at 17:30:17
You'll virtually have to use an internal floppy drive to be able to boot to the install floppy. As OtH & riider mention, how new is this machine? Win95 is 17 years old and wasn't designed to support USB until Win95B & C, which did so extremely poorly....

You may have some luck here:

https://stefan.co/darkehorse/PC/DOS...

http://www.4dos.info/dhardw.htm

but even then, finding Win9x drivers for a new(er) machine will also be extremely challenging, as well as support for large hard-drives...

If you're desperate to run Win95 on a newer machine, it's likely done better under a virtual-machine as well...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#7
August 17, 2012 at 19:40:47
the orginal motherboard for the computer came out of a 2002 HP pavilion running XP with an upgraded graphics card and extra memory. it used to have an internal floppy drive but was taken out several years ago. it used to run 2 harddrives and both were not the original harddrive in the computer. does this help at all?

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#8
August 18, 2012 at 08:32:03
Win95 has constraints on processor speed, memory capacity, multi-core processors, large hard drives, SATA hard drives, newer chip sets, file system, etc.

It is like trying to put a square peg into a round hole.



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#9
August 18, 2012 at 21:48:23
A motherboard from 2002 should not present any obstacle for using Windows 95.

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#10
August 28, 2012 at 19:50:05
Still no luck. One thought. When I tell the BIOS to run whatever is in the Disk drive, it occured to me that it may be looking for an internal one (which there is none). I tried USB-FDD but that did not work. Maybe I have to put a hard drive back into the tower nd try installing that way?
Other than that nothing. And yes I still want windows 95 on this hard drive to play my games. Unless someone can provide me working patches which I have not been able to find.

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#11
August 28, 2012 at 20:28:46
You will not be able to use a USB-FDD to install any version of Windows 9x unless you track down and learn how to use DOS USB drivers.

Windows 9x can do many things, and can be run on lots of hardware, but you have to have the patience and the perseverance to learn about its limitations and how to fix them or work around them. Once you get Windows 95 installed, then you can experiment with USB and other devices, but it will NOT support these things out of the box, much less during its DOS-mode installation phase.

If you do not have an internal floppy drive, then you will have to create a bootable copy of your Windows 95 CD, or you will have to partition, format, and copy the Setup files to your hard drive with another OS.

You need to make a list of the specs of the hardware in your computer, and then compare this list to known issues with Windows 95. As mentioned before, there are several obstacles in regard to processor speed, RAM, etc etc, but on a 2002 motherboard I will hazard a guess that all of these issues can be resolved fairly easily.

You may want to check out the forums at MSFN where there is still an active Windows 9x community and a wealth of collected information specific to Windows 9x.


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#12
March 15, 2013 at 15:00:22
How about you put the hard drive into another computer, format it to fat32, make it bootable, copy the windows 95 setup files onto the drive.

Then reinstall back into your 2002 pc boot to the hard drive and run setup from there.

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