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Formatting C: & reinstalling Win95: sequence of events

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I want to reinstall all software on my C:\ disk, and also format this drive as I want to install a fresh copy of Win95. My harddisk has two partitions, C: + D:, so any large files that I want to keep will be temporarily stored on D:.
My CD Rom = E:. I have never done this before, so I need to know the correct sequence of events what to do. Which format code should I run. How do I get my CD Rom activated (and on E: !) after the formatting ?

(I have all drivers and software on discs)
Any hints with URL's that describe in detail are welcome as well !
Thanks a lot
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Do you have Win95 upgrade ? Or normal ? On CD-ROM ?
Assume you have normal Win95 on CD-ROM.
1) You need startup floppy with CD-ROM real mode driver SYS
(say ATAPI.SYS) and MSCDEX.EXE.
2) You prepare bootable floppy and create CONFIG.SYS:
DEVICE=ATAPI.SYS /D:MSCD001
and AUTOEXEC.BAT:
MSCDEX /D:MSCD001 /V
This will give you CD-ROM drive letter in pure DOS. Try to boot
from this floppy and make sure you see CD-ROM and can read its
content.
3) format c: /u
4) insert Win95 CD and run Setup.
Make sure that you have NOT Virus Warning enabled in BIOS Setup.
(disable it).
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Uhh, almost forgot: for safety remove all extra cards (except video)
physically from case (assuming your CD-ROM connected to IDE slot
on motherboard) BEFORE you go for Win95 setup (step 4).
After successeful setup add card(s) one by time and let Win95
recognise it and install software for it. Verify that you have
stable working system and backup system registry to some place
(SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT in \Windows). Tip for future: don't be
lazy, 99% or Win95 errors are from broken registry or improper
installs, so backup it once you got normally working system.
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Thanks for your comments. I have normal Win95 on CD Rom, not an upgrade.  It use to work fine for me until I installed MSIE 4.0. I have now removed it, but have the idea that it screwed up my system and especially the registry. One question if I may: what does the option "/u" in "format c: /u" do ?

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Option /u in format means unconditional:
Usually if you run format it tries to save some "UNFORMAT"
information - waste of space. If I run format intentionally I
usually use this option.
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