Windows 95 Problem

April 6, 2011 at 18:57:13
Specs: Windows 95, 1gb
I am trying to install Windows 95 on my computer and I am getting the error:
Insufficient memory to initialize windows

How can I change this so it allows Windows 95 to install...

The computer had enough memory to istall Windows XP, so I find this error invalid.

I have 1gb of ram.


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#1
April 6, 2011 at 19:08:40
"I have 1gb of ram"

Although the error says "insufficient memory", the actual problem is too much memory. W95's minimum memory requirement is only 8MB. Try 512MB or less.


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#2
April 6, 2011 at 19:16:08
So I would have to get a 512mb or less ram "card" ?

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#3
April 6, 2011 at 19:53:51
Well drop the ram to the least you can install in the PC. Then install 95. Afterwards you may be able to apply some fixes to allow more ram:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/253912

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..


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#4
April 6, 2011 at 20:35:10
I have tried that Microsoft link, also do you know where I can get ram with that amount on it?

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#5
April 6, 2011 at 20:37:53
The problem has a work around once you've got Windows 95 installed. If you can get in using safe mode go to start, run and type msconfig and click OK. In the config window select advanced button. In that window check the limit ram and choose 512 or less. Click OK on that screen and apply on the last one and exit.You will have to for changes to take effect. You still might have to change the ram for the install though.

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#6
April 6, 2011 at 20:40:07
It won't even let me get onto the desktop, if I try to boot into safe mood it shows the Windows 95 logo and then goes to that message.

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#7
April 6, 2011 at 20:46:09
Reduce your RAM to 512MB to install Windows 95. Once everything is up and running then there are solutions for using up to 4GB.

See these threads/posts at MSFN:
http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/118...
http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/141...

@Tomb - MSCONFIG does not exist by default in Windows 95. One must manually add it from a 98 machine or manually extract it from this KB Article/Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=23...
http://download.microsoft.com/downl...


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#8
April 6, 2011 at 21:07:16

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#9
April 7, 2011 at 00:42:16
There is also an all too common problem with 95 boot disks in that they don't load himem.sys which is required in order to run setup.exe which you install 95 with. It will report the same insufficient memory error because himem.sys is not in control of it. Make sure the file is on the boot disk and himem.sys is being loaded in the config.sys file with the text:
device=himem.sys /testmem:off

If you are booting from your hard drive then it too needs to load in himem.sys in order to run setup.

Lee


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#10
April 7, 2011 at 13:01:03
Would that ebay link I posted work fine?

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#11
April 7, 2011 at 13:46:48
When Win95 1st came out, most systems ony had 16MB RAM, high end systems came with 32MB or 64MB. I don't know what your reasons are for wanting to run it in this day & age, but you have to lower the RAM amount to 512MB or less. Are you sure your system has a single 1GB stick? not 512MB x 2? The RAM you linked to is for 2 x 256MB DDR2-667MHz laptop memory. Is that what your system takes? That means you have a fairly modern laptop & it's very likely that there won't be Win95 drivers available for it.

How about posting the make/model of the laptop & explaining why you want to install Win95 on it?


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#12
April 8, 2011 at 20:24:07
According to the Ebay listing I got it from it just says 1gb of ram, but when I get home I'll open it up and see if there is 2.
Also I wanted Windows 95 because I want to play an old game that runs on Windows 95.

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#13
April 8, 2011 at 21:32:05
Maybe it'd be easier to find an old P-I or maybe P-II at goodwill or a garage sale instead of trying to overcome all the problems you're going to have installing 95 on that new hardware.

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..


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#14
April 10, 2011 at 14:00:41
You were right, there were 2 sticks of 512mb. I removed one of them and now the computer is saying:
While initializing device IOS:
Windows protection error. You need to restart your computer.

I have tried to restart the computer as well.


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#15
April 10, 2011 at 16:11:02
"While initializing device IOS: Windows protection error. You need to restart your computer."

Sounds like you have an AMD processor. If so:

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

Nevertheless, I agree with DAVE; if you're having this many problems, it would be better to find a older machine that's more suitable for Windows 95. A 16 year-old OS wasn't designed around modern equipment. The game (which you haven't described) that you're attempting to get going could also have problems with your current hardware as well...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#16
April 10, 2011 at 16:49:27
I tried that link earlier but I don't have a computer that I can put the file on a floppy disc.
I might just try to find another computer, and sell the one I got now.

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#17
April 10, 2011 at 20:21:22
"IOS Error"

This is very simple problem to address. Both the >350MHz processor bug and the >2.1GHz processor bugs are well documented and both can be resolved.

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


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#18
April 11, 2011 at 15:50:38
"Blank Floppy Disk or Blank CD"

This computer wont read writable disc's, but I have an external disc drive. Would that work?


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#19
April 11, 2011 at 17:44:54
You're really making this difficult! A USB external cdrom probably won't work since it's doubtful you'll find 95 drivers for it. One of the older type that attaches to the parallel port might work but may be too old to read cd-r

Generally, cdroms 8X and above will read a cd-r but it varies. I had an old sony 1X or 2x that would and a brand new 40X that wouldn't. You may need an even newer one to read cd r/w disks. (It's not their speed but faster ones are usually newer and can read a wider variety of media.)

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..


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#20
April 11, 2011 at 18:56:04
Lol I know, it's problem after problem.
I think I am just going to try and get an older Windows95/98 desktop if I can.

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#21
April 12, 2011 at 21:11:15
It takes a lot of determination to try to set up and maintain an older operating system, and one must be prepared to take the steps required and either have or be prepared to get the required hardware. A floppy disk drive is standard equipment.

However, if this machine has 1GB of RAM in it, I find it very difficult to believe that it would have a CD-ROM drive that will not read CD-R's, unless of course the CD drive has been replaced with an extremely old one. CD drives from circa 1998 and up should read CD-R's, and no computers from that time used 1GB of RAM. Something just does not add up here...


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