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I'm trying to install Windows 95 from a CD-Rom on to a computer without a CD drive using a network connection.  The setup goes perfectly through the wizard and through 75-80% of the first loadup with no problems, then demands a bunch of files with ".vdx" extensions and loses all network capabilities.  What's going on and how can I get Windows 95 on this computer?
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Question by:ajanders
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by:smeebud
ID: 1749208
Wow, that could be a ton of things. Did you use a null modem? or do you have a network card/ If so what make and model. More details please. Computers, HD's, ram, the works.
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by:jepolch
ID: 1749209
Using your network connection, copy the /win95 directory from the CDROM to a directory called /win95 on your hard drive, then install from the hard drive.  You'll still need the CD Key, of course.
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by:ajanders
ID: 1749210
Heh, heh, heh.  Tried copying it already.  The contents of the
CD do not copy across the network.  Now maybe they should,
but they don't.
And, for smeebud, .5 gig hard drive, 16 megs RAM, mouse,
keyboard, 3com Etherlink III network card.  I think that's all the
works.
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by:jepolch
ID: 1749211
What error do you get when you try to copy the /win95 directory?  
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by:smeebud
ID: 1749212
ajanders,
 this works, but I'not sure if your trying to lood over old windows or not, look these options over. What you need is a MSBATCH.INF to customize your transfer:
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Windows 95 upgrade disk looks for two files.  One is
located in the windows Directory, the other is located
in the windows\system directory
Simply create the files called Win.com and Win386.exe
in their respective directories. I did this as follows:
MD C:\WINDOWS
MD C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM
CD WINDOWS
COPY CON WIN.COM
SOME TEXT
hit the F6 key here^
CD SYSTEM
COPY CON WIN386.EXE
MORE TEXT
HIT F6 KEY HERE^ This will create the two files necessary.  
As long as the files are not
zero byte files any file copied in the two directories with
the proper name will work.
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I dont use netsetup to create msbatch.inf script.
I use batch.exe to create script. This program make a
bsetup.inf file (just another name for
msbatch.inf). You can rename it to msbatch.inf if you
want this name, but its not nessesary. Your install
call will just be "Install /IW /IS bsetup.inf"
/IW = Dont ask for serial number
/IS = Dont run scandisk in front of installation
Try to look ad this page: http://www.halcyon.com/cerelli//install.htm
Here you can find how to create script by batch.exe together with many other Win95 installation hints.
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1. Create a file in the root directory of your C drive
and call it temp.tmp it must contain the following two
lines only:
[Setup]
ccp=0
2.Save the file.
3.Install Win95 from the command prompt by typing:
D:\win95\setup c:\temp.tmp
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If i'm on the right track here let me know. I can acess other more pertenent information
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clprice earned 200 total points
ID: 1749213
The Windows95 installation does not always install all the needed files during initial installation.  Many Plug-N-Play device are not detected until the system reboots, at which time the Windows95 CD-Rom is needed.  Unforunately at this point in time the network support is no longer availible (the real mode drivers get commented out in the Autoexec.bat and the Win95 support has not yet started.)  

Do you have the 3Com card in PNP mode?  If so you can turn this off with the DOS config program that comes with the card (3c5x9cfg.exe)  The drivers should be detected during the initial  hardware detection phase of setup.  This may also explain your difficulties in copying the CD across the network.  The 3COM Etherlink III cards do not work well with PNP mode turn on and utilizing the real mode drivers.  3COM's tech support recommends not using PNP mode with non-PNP operating systems.

If this is not the case, let me know what error you are getting
when trying to copying the CD.  I have a lot of experience with 3COM EtherlinkIII cards.



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