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My Computer Wont Boot Windows 95 From The Start Up CD

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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. 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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    http://sdfox7.com/btblcd3.bmp

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  2. 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. 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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