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How do I put windows95 back on?  Low mem avialable is 400K, setup says 430K is needed and aborts installation.  This is on a dell 133xps with 32 meg ram and 1.6 gig hard drive.  I have all data backed up.  win95 version is fm oct 95. I bought win95b last wk.  Won't install.  Dos version wrong, needs above 7.0 & also wants 430K of conventinoal memory.  
Any suggestions appriciated.
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Question by:zeusxx
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1. Please post your autoexec.bat and config.sys to see how we can free memory for you.

2. To uninstall win95b over an existing win95 you simply have to delete the file win.com and leave the rest untouched.

regards

tabit
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by:zeusxx
ID: 1752700
Hi Taabit,
Here are the files you requested.  I did not install 95b over 95 because neither one would install due to mem problem, plus 95b said it couldn't install due to dos version being below 7.0  I would rather install the 95b version if I could because of 32 bit, etc., and I just bought it last Monday night.  I have a new machine I am using now. P233 clone.  I am giving the Dell to my son for a christmas present (if I can get it working by then).  This is the first time I have used experts so I don't know what I am doing here either.  Oi-vey....
Herm
Here is autoexec.bat file:
@C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\NAVBOOT.EXE /STARTUP
@ECHO OFF
c:\refresh.exe 1280 1 > NUL
c:\refresh.exe 1024 1 > NUL
c:\refresh.exe 800 3 > NUL
c:\refresh.exe 640 4 > NUL
rem *
rem *   These statements have been included for MS-DOS compatability.
rem *   If you do not want the MS-DOS Drivers to load during the boot
rem *   process, you can remark (REM) them out.
rem **
C:\TEAC\CORELCDX.COM /D:TEAC-CDI /M:15 /CACHE=2,2,2 /XMSSIZE=-1
SET SOUND=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND
SET BLASTER=A0 I0 D0 H0 E620 T6
SET MIDI=SYNTH:1 MAP:E MODE:0
SET MOUSE=C:\MOUSE
rem - By Windows Setup - C:\MOUSE\MOUSE.EXE /Q
REM                          
REM              
REM                          

rem  c:\dell\dintro.bat
SET CLASSPATH=C:\PROGRA~1\NETSCAPE\COMMUN~1\PROGRAM\JAVA\CLASSES\FIREWO~1.ZIP
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Here is the config.sys file:
REM Microsoft OEM Preload CONFIG.SYS
rem *
rem *   These statements have been included for MS-DOS compatability.
rem *   If you do not want the MS-DOS Drivers to load during the boot
rem *   process, you can remark (REM) them out.
rem **
REM
REM Copyright (C) 1995 Microsoft Corporation
REM All rights reserved
REM it is up to the OEM user to supply a replacement for this config.sys
REM once they have completed the factory install portions of Windows setup
REM
REM This one overlays the initial config.sys in the root after the
REM factory preconfiguration is completed

[common]
buffers=40
device=c:\windows\himem.sys /testmem:off
dos=high,umb

REM DEVICE=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND\DRV\CTSB16.SYS /UNIT=0 /BLASTER=A:220 I:5 D:1 H:5 /WIN95
REM DEVICE=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND\DRV\CTMMSYS.SYS
DEVICE = C:\TEAC\TEAC_CDI.SYS /D:TEAC-CDI
-----------------------------------------------------------------
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by:zeusxx
ID: 1752701
Hi Taabit,
Here are the files you requested.  I did not install 95b over 95 because neither one would install due to mem problem, plus 95b said it couldn't install due to dos version being below 7.0  I would rather install the 95b version if I could because of 32 bit, etc., and I just bought it last Monday night.  I have a new machine I am using now. P233 clone.  I am giving the Dell to my son for a christmas present (if I can get it working by then).  This is the first time I have used experts so I don't know what I am doing here either.  Oi-vey....
Herm
Here is autoexec.bat file:
@C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\NAVBOOT.EXE /STARTUP
@ECHO OFF
c:\refresh.exe 1280 1 > NUL
c:\refresh.exe 1024 1 > NUL
c:\refresh.exe 800 3 > NUL
c:\refresh.exe 640 4 > NUL
rem *
rem *   These statements have been included for MS-DOS compatability.
rem *   If you do not want the MS-DOS Drivers to load during the boot
rem *   process, you can remark (REM) them out.
rem **
C:\TEAC\CORELCDX.COM /D:TEAC-CDI /M:15 /CACHE=2,2,2 /XMSSIZE=-1
SET SOUND=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND
SET BLASTER=A0 I0 D0 H0 E620 T6
SET MIDI=SYNTH:1 MAP:E MODE:0
SET MOUSE=C:\MOUSE
rem - By Windows Setup - C:\MOUSE\MOUSE.EXE /Q
REM                          
REM              
REM                          

rem  c:\dell\dintro.bat
SET CLASSPATH=C:\PROGRA~1\NETSCAPE\COMMUN~1\PROGRAM\JAVA\CLASSES\FIREWO~1.ZIP
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Here is the config.sys file:
REM Microsoft OEM Preload CONFIG.SYS
rem *
rem *   These statements have been included for MS-DOS compatability.
rem *   If you do not want the MS-DOS Drivers to load during the boot
rem *   process, you can remark (REM) them out.
rem **
REM
REM Copyright (C) 1995 Microsoft Corporation
REM All rights reserved
REM it is up to the OEM user to supply a replacement for this config.sys
REM once they have completed the factory install portions of Windows setup
REM
REM This one overlays the initial config.sys in the root after the
REM factory preconfiguration is completed

[common]
buffers=40
device=c:\windows\himem.sys /testmem:off
dos=high,umb

REM DEVICE=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND\DRV\CTSB16.SYS /UNIT=0 /BLASTER=A:220 I:5 D:1 H:5 /WIN95
REM DEVICE=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND\DRV\CTMMSYS.SYS
DEVICE = C:\TEAC\TEAC_CDI.SYS /D:TEAC-CDI
-----------------------------------------------------------------
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by:tabit
ID: 1752702
1. you have to REM everything in your autoexec, except the DOS-driver for your CD-ROM!


               [common]
               buffers=40
               device=c:\windows\himem.sys
               dos=high,umb

       DEVICE = C:\TEAC\TEAC_CDI.SYS /D:TEAC-CDI

2. you have to REM everything in you config.sys except the CD-ROM!

after a reboot you have enough free memory to install. WIN95 will install from any DOS-Version (I installed it several times using a bootable floppy with command.com, format.com, fdisk, Qbasic and Edit from DOS 5 and 6 on it plus the CD-ROM-drivers installed on the floppy.

Do you have any important data on your C-drive?

IF NO, then you should format C:\, using the floppy and then run win95_CD_ROM_drive_letter\setup.exe from any dos-version booted from the floppy. Use "format C: /s"  to make C: bootable and you can also install the CD-ROM driver from C:

IF YES, do the following:

- boot from the floppy
- delete everything you do not need on C:, except your DATA
- Copy all your data in some folder, e.g. C:\data (create it with makedir: "md C:\data")
- make the folder read-only (with "cd C:\data" "ENTER" "attrib +r *.*" "ENTER").
- continue with reboot from C: (leave DOS on the HD!).
- Change to your CD-ROM-drive and type "setup", hit ENTER and windows will install.


NOTE: I do not know you yet. SO please do not be angry, if I am too explicit and do not be angry if I was too short, PLEASE:
simply comment and I will help you through the whole process

regards

tabit
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by:zeusxx
ID: 1752703
Angry?  When you are helping me?  I genuflect and praise only.  I am humble and appriciative.  I will try your suggestions tonight and let you know tomorrow how it went.  I don't get angry anymore , or hardly ever and never at someone trying to help me fix something I screwed up in the first place.  As for terse replies, I appricate them becasue of the focus.
Thanks again.
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by:zeusxx
ID: 1752704
Hi,
Sorry I didn't get back to you.  I just got back from a vacation in the Keys in Florida.  I paniked and took the box to work the day after you sent me the note on what to do, but before I had a chance to try it.  They fixed it for me by doing exactly what your solution was.  You had it right, and I coulda done it but it was a christmas present and I was stressed out about the time line.
Thanks again,
hb
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Hope I can help you with other questions later. I am satisfied if my customers are satisfied.
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