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Reinstalling Windows 95

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I am looking for a source that could guide me through:
  1- Backing up the programs I want to keep
  2- Delete everything else and reformat
  3- Reinstall Windows 95
  4- Restore my backed up programs in working order
I have the Windows 95 CD, some driver disks that Compaq sent me, boot up disk with CD driver, some of my disks, and some programs that were "pre-installed" with no disks on hand.  What I need now is like a set of instructions that could hopefully make this process a one time thing.  Thanks for your help.
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Basically, you should:
1.- backup the directories containing "preinstalled" programs of which you have no disks
  - your root (c:\) directory
  - your windows (usually c:\windows or c:\win95) directory and all its subdirectories
As a rule however, you can never backup too much. Backup as much as you can until you don't have backup disks left. Backing up your entire hard disk would be easy.
2. Take the plunge. Format (no need for deleting) your hard drive.
3. Reinstall Windows 95
4. restore your backup disks, restoring root (c:\) first, then overwrite your new windows directory with the one from your backup disks. (it contains improtant DLL's, added fonts,...),and finally restore everything else you backed up.

- Some points of importance:
1. you need an original Win95 CD for use on a new PC. The upgrade  CD (from win3.11 -> Win95) will NOT do !! (it is however possible to accomplish this, post a comment if this is the case)
2. you should get someone to assist you in "real time". Support over the Net only goes so far and is no substitute for someone standing beside you when you wipe your hard disk.
Good luck!
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You can call COMPAQ or go to the store where you bought the PC and they should give you the disk for the programs previously installed.  I would just save the DATA from the programs, i.e. in WP just save the WPDOCs to a floppy, or whatever the program. In most cases, if you are having problems, you don't mention that, some files can be corrupted and you don't want to reinstall them.  Another way, I've done it several times, just get rid of what you don't need and just reinstall W95. Are you using the latest version of W95 which is 4.00.950B. You can find this by going to start\settings\control panel\systems. The version will be there.  If not you can download the service pak that will give you the latest version.
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I would like to get an update to W95 4.00.950b but run into deadends in my searches to find it.  My version is 4.00.950a.  Compaq will be glad to sell me my preinstalled software for $177, sounds like I'm paying twice.  So far I haven't tried to reinstall until I have a chunk of time to do it.  Thanks for your coomment.  Any suggestions on obtaining version B?
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