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re-installing win 95 4.00.1111 using 000-45235 OSR2 cd-rom

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I recently got a machine with the updated version of win 95 with FAT32.  Since I had not used the OS prior to getting this machine, I donwloaded and installed service pack 1 after looking at the microsoft page for updates without realizing that my OS was already a later and better version.  Since then I have uninstalled service pack 1.

My machine seems to work fine, but there is some ambiguity about which version I actually have going.  In control panel/system propertties it indicates I have 4.00.950a and under Sisoft Sandra it indicates that I am running on 4.00.1111a.  For this reason, I would like to do a re-install form my cd-rom.

I have the 000-45235 oem version of OSR2 which was distibuted by a number of the large vendors and fails to include setup.exe as well as a number other crucial files (I believe the reasoning behind this is to actively discourage people from copying it onto other machines).  What happens during a complete crash you ask?  They get around this by including an emergency cd that will re-install windows 95 to the condition it was in when you bought the machine and in the process wiping out all registry changes leading to the tedious task of re-installing all of the software.

Surfing the web I encountered a suggestion that Icould get around this problem by copying all of the setup files from the cd to the hard drive, then copying setup.exe, dossetup.bin, oemsetup.bin, setup.txt, suhelper.bin and winsetup.bin to the same directory from any version of windows 95 then continuing installation as ususal.

Does anyone know if this will work?  

thanks in advance



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1. If your system was pre-installed, look for a directory C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS. There should be a setup.exe in here with related files.
2. The page where you got your information from was probably
http://www.users.cts.com/king/s/serwin/osr2.html.
This is constantly being updated and it should work.
3. If you want to change back your version number go into the regedit and find:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
and edit it to your convenience.

Hope this helped, good luck.

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