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Upgrade Windows 95 while running

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I have Windows 95 running on about 200 workstations in a Novell network. I want to upgrade Windows 95 on the workstations centrally from the network. There are a few files that cannot be replaced, because they are in use by Windows (Shell32.dll). Is there a possibility to distribute those files on every PC (while running) and make them active by rebooting?
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I don't believe so, but I could be wrong, also just a point of fact I would like to make.  Upgrading to Win95 is a very bad idea, you would be much better off backing up user systems and then doing fresh installs and restoring data.  Better yet, get yourself a copy of Ghost (image software) and create a standard image, you can then install from a server complete with applications and do it in about 15 minutes to half an hour depending on the workstation.  One point though is that will help if your workstations are the same, otherwise you will have to have a different image for different workstation platforms.  Last point, I love 95, but not for business environment, while it is more stable than 3.1, it just is not that good in the office, home where you might be playing games yes, but not the office.  I would suggest Windows NT4.
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Thanks for your answer. In my opinion it has to be possible, because when you install Microsoft Servicepack1, a few files are copied and after rebooting they become active. I don't know how they do it.
I agree that it is better to do a fresh install, but only a few files must be replaced (new versions of DLL).
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