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windows 95 reinstall

Posted on 1997-02-10
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when i try to reinstall win95, to add missing files, it creates a new directory, called old files, or microsoft 3, 4 or 5, where it plunks my programs. it then does supposedly a reinstall, after which it complains because it cannot find norton antivirus, or cleansweep. i then have to reinstall norton and gradually delete the extra files. i installed office 97,and the msn cd that came with it. once again it installed a directory called oldprograms, put norton and cleansweep there, and now has lost the ability to start paintbrush. i would like to reinstall windows,but am afraid of winding up with an oldoldprograms directory, or more trouble. i want paintbrush back! BTW, MSN never came back either.
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you apparently are choosing new directory names when you reinstall and/or letting 95 save your old files as backups (which usually happens when you choose a new directory name for windows).

at this point, and you aren't going to like it, your system has so much junk involved that it would be best to format your hard drive and reinstall everything.
if you want to try to salvage you can delete the odd directories 95 is creating,  reinstall 95  (do not choose to save any backup files and use the same directory name you currently are using), and then reinstall all of your programs that 95 can no longer find.

either way is alot of work so I would do the start from fresh approach to make sure that all the garbage is gone.
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