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I'm trying to run Windows 95 setup from the CD.
I get a message complaining that one of my Windows 95 settings has changed and that I need to re-boot before running Setup. This is not the case, nothing has changed, but I humour it and re-boot anyway. Same thing.
I've completely cleaned the hard disk (not re-formatted - that's my next trick!) and re-installed Win 95 from scratch. No help either - same deal.
This is a brand new machine, Pentium 200 MMX, 4.2G HDD, 32M RAM, 24X CD-Rom - all the usual gear.

What am I missing?
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smeebud earned 200 total points
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If you are trying to re-install over an previous installation, use the setup /p f switch
setup /p f
If your going to re-format be sure to use the /u or unconditional switch to completely clean you HDD.
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Reinstall Win95 from the command prompt using (setup /p f ) command. This will clean your system
files and replace missing and damaged files, without over-writing your updated dll's vxd's ext.
f -
This switch enables Clean Registry mode. It forces Detection to clean the root branch of the registry
before starting. This switch is ignored when Setup is run in the Windows 95 graphical user interface
(GUI). The default is disabled.
EXAMPLE:: setup /p f
As Always: Backup Your Registry First!
NOTE: The Setup /p f command does remove some commands that are pointing to the wrong
locations of programs and Win95 files, also does remove commands that are unknown to Win95
from the System.ini, Win.ini and the registry, but no promises can be given due to the nature of
Win95's individuality. So ALWAYS backup your registry and system files first.
/d -
If you do not want Setup to use your existing Windows configuration (such as your current Win.ini
and System.ini files), use this switch. To restore and adjust your windows installation try this: From
dos insert your CD and run from your cd this command...
EXAMPLE: setup /d /p f
When setup prompts you for "Full or Custom Setup", choose Custom. This allows you to have
control over every step of the setup. This will do a compare and replace missing or corrupted files
and will take you back where you were before the error.

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Thanks very much for all that. I actually got around the problem before getting your reply by reformatting the HD. Obviously I didn't need to do that though and your explanation would have done the trick I am sure and will be very useful for the next time when I don't have the luxury of being able to reformat the HD.
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