Solved Trouble installing Windows 95

Western digital / Wd2000
October 8, 2011 at 13:09:07
Specs: Windows 95A version 4.00.950, AMD Athlon 1,6 GHz / 256 MB
I wanted to install Windows 95 (version A) on this system:

ASUS A7V8X motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 2200+ @ 1,6 GHz
256 MB DDR 333 MHz RAM
nVidia GeForce 4 Ti 4400 128 MB VRAM
Hitachi DeskStar 40 GB HDD (8 GB in use, FAT-16 partitions)
1x 3½ inch FDD, 1x 5¼ inch FDD.
1x DVD-ROM, 1x DVD-RW.

Installation goes fine. However, when Windows starts, I get an error on a black screen saying: 'A protection error has occured. Your computer needs to be rebooted.'

What do I need to change on this system (it's highly customizable) to make Windows 95 run?


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#1
October 8, 2011 at 13:39:44
The error is common with AMD machines >350MHz. Directions and download here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192841

Realize that you'll also possibly have problems with the amount of memory in that machine, finding appropriate device drivers, as well as the size of the hard drive (Win95 is a 16-year old OS, and wasn't designed for such hardware).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
October 8, 2011 at 14:59:25
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95 shoiuld tolerate the 256 meg of ram OK so the AMD speed fix should get you to the desktop. Sometimes that patch needs to be installed manually from dos since you can't get to the desktop yet. There was a geocities site that told how to do that but it's no longer there. I'm sure it's out there somewhere so post back if you can't get it installed otherwise. Try safe mode too.

And as already mentioned, you'll probably have problems finding 95 drivers for the hardware.


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#3
October 8, 2011 at 17:08:24
I have a VIA system board P4M266, 8235 chipset. 2.8GHz, 512MB running Windows 95. Fastest Windows 95 system I own (dual-boot with Windows XP), and probably one of the fastest Windows 95-compatible systems ever made. And the integrated display/network/sound drivers are right on their website.

http://www.via.com.tw/en/support/dr...

iMac G5 1.8GHz PPC, 2GB RAM, 160GB, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, SuperDrive

http://sdfox7.com


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#4
October 9, 2011 at 01:32:16
Thanks for all the replies. I was able to boot into Safe Mode, so I am going to try to run the patch/update there. At the moment, I have Windows NT 4.0 installed on the system, which is running great. All drivers installed (VGA, sound, RAID, LAN), and it's running in 1280*1024 resolution. I will install Windows 95 on it again and see if it works.

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#5
October 9, 2011 at 02:27:08
Well, the update did not work on my version of Windows 95. It only works on the OEM Service Release version. What am I going to do now? I only have the original retail version of Windows 95, version A.

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#6
October 9, 2011 at 09:42:05
Just curious, but why are you wanting Win95 on a machine that's much more capable to run something like Win2K/XP? It'd be much easier to find driver support for those OS's and there would be a much larger selection of software to run on either; both were "true" 32-bit operating systems, whereas Win9x/ME was a 16/32-bit hybrid. If 2K/XP are unavailable, then I'd experiment with a live Linux distro.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#7
October 9, 2011 at 09:44:27
Are you getting the dreaded IOS or NDIS error?

Use FIX95CPU to bypass the processor errors. This patch will also allow Windows 95 to install on processors faster than 2.1GHz. It doesn't matter if your processor isn't 2.1GHz or greater, it should still work since it has the AMD error.

1) Download FIX95CPU

2) Unzip and double-click FIX95CPU.img, and it will write to floppy (you'll need a blank floppy)

Here is the file,

http://www.mdgx.com/spx/FIX95CPU.ZIP

and here is the page it is linked to:

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/141402-windows-95-21ghz-cpu-limit-broken/

THIS IS HOW I GOT WIN95 ON MY PENTIUM 4 2.8GHz!

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http://sdfox7.com


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#8
October 9, 2011 at 10:17:59
I am just trying to install for nostalgic purposes. I also want to see which operating systems this system is capable of running, and what the changes I need to make to its hardware to do so.

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#9
October 9, 2011 at 10:20:24
Thank you very much for providing this file. I will try if it works (although I'm almost sure of that after I visited the MSFN website).

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#10
October 9, 2011 at 10:27:12
I have the original motherboard and graphics card (that's an nVidia GeForce 4 Ti 4400, by the way) driver CD with the Windows 9x drivers, so when I am able to boot Windows 95 normally, installing the other drivers won't be able.

T-R-A, DAVEINCAPS and sdfox7, thanks for all the help on this.


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#11
October 9, 2011 at 10:42:33
When you download the file I provided, do the following:

1) Format your hard disk and start Windows 95 setup.

2) When Windows 95 has gone through the first phase of setup and tells you it is ready to reboot, eject all floppies and CDs. Press reboot on the screen, then immediately insert the FIX95CPU floppy (it is a bootable floppy).

3) Follow the instructions on the screen in red. When the program has finished, eject the floppy.

4) Reinsert the Windows 95 CD, restart the computer, and Windows 95 installation will continue.

I've done this a few times, if you have any issues post back.

iMac G5 1.8GHz PPC, 2GB RAM, 160GB, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, SuperDrive

http://sdfox7.com


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#12
October 9, 2011 at 22:15:02
Ahhh... yet more people defeat the false limitations of Windows 95. :)

Please do report your results and any issues you encounter, as I was unable to do extensive testing with the original Windows 95 and 95 A. All of my copies are B & C OSR2.x.


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#13
October 10, 2011 at 00:32:20
The patch worked on my system. It now boots into Windows 95 normally. However, I cannot install the driver for my graphics card, eventhough the driver I am trying to install are designed for Windows 9x... The driver is being updated correctly, but after restart the boot procedure is cancelled, the computer is rebooted again. Then, the Boot Menu appears, so I can still only boot in Safe Mode now...

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#14
October 10, 2011 at 20:39:21
@Tobias

For Windows 95 you will need the legacy driver, and it may be failing because you might be missing DirectX, many cards require DirectX installed:

NVIDIA LEGACY DRIVERS

The appropriate driver for your card is the second heading, 81.98.

Windows 9x/ME ForceWare Release 80 Version: 81.98 Release Date: December 21, 2005

For Windows 95, the DirectX 9.0 referenced in the above link will not install on Windows 95, it's only compatible with Windows 98 and later. Download and install DirectX 8.0a from my site instead FIRST! If you do not install DirectX FIRST the installer may fail!

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