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How do I access CD-Rom from A:?

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I have a spare computer which has had the hard drive reformatted so it's completely empty.  I need to know the steps to take to get Windows 95 installed and get this hard drive formatted again.  Can someone walk me through this so I can format the hard drive and then access the CD?
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by:BrettWilliams
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Format a new floppy disk. Make it bootable, and copy over fdisk, format and mscdex. Also, copy over a driver for your cd-rom. Create an autoexec.bat & config.sys, making it load the cd-rom driver and mscdex so you can access the cd-rom. Insert the win'95 cd in the drive of the computer that you want to install it on to and the bootdisk in the drive. Boot it up, go to your cd-rom drive (usually d:) and run setup.
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by:Smitty103097
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Sounds easy enough but what do I need to do in order to make the floppy bootable and make the autoexec.bat and config.sys load the driver for the CD-Rom?  I imagine there are some commands I'll need in those two files but I don't know what they are.  Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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First, find the MSDOS driver for you CDROM drive.  It will be something like CDROM.SYS but names may vary.  You may need to go to your computer system vendor's web page or the CDROM manufacturer's web page to find it.  After you get that, you also need a file called MSCDEX.EXE.  This should be in your WINDOWS\COMMAND directory.

Now format your floppy and make it bootable like:

FORMAT A: /S

(The /S says copy the system files to it so that it is bootable)

Now copy the CDROM.SYS (or whatever it's name is) and MSCDEX.EXE to the floppy.  Edit the CONFIG.SYS on the A: drive to look like this:

DEVICE=CDROM.SYS /D:MSCD001

Edit the AUTOEXEC.BAT file on A: to look like this:

MSCDEX /M:8 /V /D:MSCD001

You should now be able to boot from the floppy and be able to access your CDROM.  
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by:Smitty103097
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Got it!  Thanks for your help.
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