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suhelper.bin?? -- Win95 setup file

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I've been given a Win95 disk from a friend who bought a new computer (Compaq Presario laptop).  He uses OS/2 and has deleted his Win95 files.  Setup.exe on the CD says it can't run without the file: SUHELPER.BIN  I can't find it on the CD or on my friend's computer.  Where can I get this file?  I have Win311, but setup doesn't get to that part yet.  Is there anything special I have to do to install this version of Win95? Any other files I'm missing?
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by:myrddin7
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Is the disk a OEM disk (from a manufacturer rather than Microsoft?  Some manufacturers hobble their installation disks so they cannot be installed on other systems (it has somethingto do with their licensing agreements with MS).

I found suhelper.bin in thw Win95 directory of my Windows95 upgrade CD.  It is a 2K binary file that appears to contain the version number and some other stuff that the program probably needs to run setup.

Good Luckl
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see Q145989

SUMMARY
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There are two Setup.exe files on the Windows 95 CD-ROM. One is located in
the root folder of the CD-ROM and is 3664 bytes in size, while the other
is in the Win95 folder and is 5184 bytes in size.

Note that the version of the Setup.exe file in the root folder of the
CD-ROM is not a beta copy or a damaged version of the Setup.exe file.

MORE INFORMATION
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You can use the Setup.exe file located in the root folder of the CD-ROM to
start Setup without manually changing to the Win95 folder first. This
version of Setup.exe calls a file in the Win95 folder called Suhelper.bin,
which unloads the original Setup.exe and then loads the version of
Setup.exe in the Win95 folder. Suhelper.bin also passes any command-line
parameters to the version of Setup.exe in the Win95 folder. Setup then
continues normally.

Suhelper.bin is necessary because there can be only one instance of
Setup.exe loaded in memory at a time.

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by:mr.mom
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    The answer was very complete.  A very good expaination of how the process works.  However, as I said in my question, there is NO copy of SUHELPER.BIN on the CD.  I searched for it (I also searched for hidden files).  Thank you for your answer.  I have recieved a copy of SUHELPER.BIN from another source, so my problem is solved.
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