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This has been going for quite some time so I think I will have to try the system.1st method. Firstly, I don't see this file in my windows directory, but there is a file system.nu. Secondly, what is the extent of lost settings; will my programs and data be intact. Is this called reinstalling Windows?
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At this point it may be to late to do anything. (5 should have made a backup and left it on your drive but it would be updated every time you start the system so the backup is also probably corrupt. in your windows directory look for system.dat and system.da0. they will probably be dated a day apart at most. you can try to delete system.dat and then rename system.da0 to system.dat. dont count on it changing the problem though. you could also try a reinstall  through controlpanel\add remove programs and choose replace missing and corrupt files if prompted.

on the 95 cd a program called cfgbak should be used peridically to backup your configuration files in case this happens. in the future, use it.

right now you can try the file change above or the reinstall.
 the best way to cure the problem (and it is a problem and your system will most likely eventually stop working even though it seems ok now) is to do a total reinstall on a freshly formatted drive. a slightly less drastic measure would be to delete the system.dat file and move system.1st from the root directory of C to the windows directory and rename it system.dat. this can be a scary procedure and most likely will result in lost settings but may save you from a complete reinstall.
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I assume you are talking about the system.da0 file, not .da1.

As I said, this file should be a backup made either the last time you started 95 or the klast time you exited (I cant remember which). If you have been getting the error message for awhile, that file may also be corrupted.

If you try that route (actually nothing to lose right now) it shouldnt change any settings and you shouldnt lose any unless you have installed files since it was made. use the detail view in explorer and check the date. sometimes the settings foe your dial up stuff gets screwed up but that is not always (not even most of the time) but that is fairly asy and quick to fix.

changing out to the system.1st however will cause lost settings as it is the registry backed up at the time you first installed 95. I'm sure you have made changes since then.

the error message you are getting is actually bogus regarding memory. my registry is currently at 1.7meg and I,ve seen messages from people with 5 meg registries.
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if you cant find system.1st it may be marked as hidden.
open explorer and from the view menu select options. make sure the show all files box is checked. if that doesnt make it appear search the whole drive. if you have a system that had everything preinstalled you may not have this file, although I believe it is always created no matter what the setup method.

as far as settings---all the installed programs and data will remain intact. usually you will have to reinstall some to all of your current apps. 95 sometimes picks up many of them and they will still work. programs not made for 95 often need to be reinstalled to re-establish links with 95. settings such as your dial up passwords, etc are often lost with this method. any thing that still works at this point is a bonus since the alternative is scrapping everything and reformatting the drive to install everything fresh.


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