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Re-Installing Windows95

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I have never re-installed Win95 before. I have this "IDE doesn't work with hardware" problem and now I want to re-install windows 95. I have the upgrade disks (I had win 3.11) and if I install Windows95, will it say "The file being copied is older that the one on the pc" and if it says that, what must I choose?
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htse011498 earned 50 total points
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You should always keep the one which is on the pc whe the message is appear althought it does not really matter, but the one that is one the pc is newer so in most cases the file is updated or debugged by microsoft.

If you are currently using 3.11 then  this message about the file should not be appeared. This will appear only if you have a newer version of windows 95 already installed on your machine.

Don't worry too much, I am sure you will be fine. Any problem you can always add a comment in and I will try to answer you. Good Luck!
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by:Jaco
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Try to reinstall first, and you don't have to remove the current version.
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Have you try it yet. Is there any problem? If yes tell me or you can alocate the point!
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I'm going to do it today. 17:00 GMT
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by:Jaco
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Jaco, you don't need to do a full reinstall to fix a video driver or correct the IDE controller. Let me know when your finished and what error remain and I'll help you fix them!
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Well, my father forgot the Windows CD at work (actually it's his secretary's CD)and he told me that he will take the pc to a pc shop and let them re-install it and order the WIN95 CD.

Well, for some reason they had to replace the fan too. So I'm getting my win95 CD on Monday. And the pc is working now. The problem was with the Primary and Secondary IDE Hard Disk Controller. But everything works now, except......

When I recreate my desktop icons (shortcuts) it shows about 15 icons for each shortcut. The "my computer, recycle bin, Inbox and Internet Explorer" icons are fine, but when I create a new shortcut, it displays 15 icons for that one shortcut.

It isn't the program's icon, it is one of a disk drive, a chip, a folder, a globe, and so on.

I phoned the guy from the shop and he said that there is some kind of conflict and that I must backup my stuff and they will re-install it again.

Bastards
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by:Jaco
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Jaco, if the current proposed answer hasn't solved anything for you, please reject it to encourage other techs to visit this question. On the icon problem, try this. It won't damage anything and should resolve the icon problem unless there is an actual hardware conflict.

Use Find, Files and Folders and locate a file called "ShellIconCache" and delete the file. After it's deleted, restart Windows 95 and Windows will recreate the file for you. Now test your icons and stortcuts again and let me know!
Dennis
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Nah, it doesn't work. When I create a icon, it still shows me that crap. But it doesn't matter because it's my dad's icons. I don't use shortcuts.

And how the hell do you guys give advice. You guys giving all teh advice and I'm feeling stupid all the time. Maby I must give advice at the game section.
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