I have Boot Manager, and 3.11 on c: drive; I have 3.11 mirror
on d: drive, and an OEM W95 floppy set. When I try to install W95, I get
the existing os error. Suggestions have been to wipe 3.11 off, or hide it, while
installing. Is that the only way? Seems like an incredibly stupid system and a real
opportunity to spend time reinstalling everything that you cannot boot.
I have Boot Manager with Partition Magic. I get the warning about overwriting Boot Manager, and I know that *if* W95 successfully installs, I can get back into Boot Manager and make it active. The problem I have is different. For example, if I "hide" 3.11 on drive c:, and attempt an install of W95 from the bare partition, i.e., even no formatting, the disk will start with a format and then move into the setup disk installation. During installation I am given a warning that Boot Manager will be overwritten, and I chose to proceed. Later, at the end of disk 2, I get the error message that there is already an operating system installed, and that I must use the upgrade disk.
I have also read the Partition Magic help, and asked for clarification, and essentially have been told that I must hide everything, even the mirror on d:
If I do this, and the install is unsuccessful, then I have to use a boot floppy. When I do that, I can no longer use Boot Manager, because it has been overwritten, and using fdisk shows that the hidden partitions are non-DOS. My fear then is that even if I try, with fdisk, to make this partitions (which really are the hidden 3.11 partitions) active, I won't be able to boot.
I thought perhaps I should move the 3.11 partition, to give
W95 cylinder 0 to start install, but I really want not to have to reinstall DOS and 3.11 if there is a disaster.