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I want to start from scratch.  I want to erase all the files on my laptop (Toshiba Pentium 133)and then reinstall Windows 95 from the CD (labled "For distribution only with a new PC").

I would also like to reforemat my "C" drive, before I reinstall windows -- so it will really be as if I have started from scratch -- as if I were doing a "first time" installation on a new computer.  (In fact the reason I want to reinstall Windows 95 is because I want to reformat my hard disk, and, well, if I do that, Windows 95 and all my other files will be zapped.  But I really must reformat my hard drive.)

I assume all the necessary DOS files are included with the install, so I guess as long as I keep the basic DOS system files I can simply to the re-install?

I've already backed up my applications and text files, so I'm ready to go.

How should I got about it?  Can someone give me advice here or point me to a link with all the info.

Rowby
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Hi Rowby, there's really no link out there that will guide you, but I'll be glad to post the entire procedure for you. Firth, though, make a Windows 95 Startup disk by going into Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs and make the disk. Make two if you can just to have a backup. Transfer to that disk your cd rom driver as well as mscdex.exe from your present laptop. If you would like, post your autoexec.bat and config.sys files here and I'll change them for you for the setup. You can do this by logging onto this site, then click Start, Run and type in Sysedit. This will bring up your startup files. Just copy and paste them here. From that I'll post the entire procedure for you. Just make sure that you check your device manager and expand the areas and note the setup of the various devices so that we can insure that everything gets back to where it belongs when your done. I'll wait on you!
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Thanks for offering to help.

Here's the autoexec.bat file:

LASTDRIVE=Z
REM Tip:  Put the real-mode driver for your CD-ROM in here.
REM It won't be used by Windows 95, but it will be used if you
REM choose "Restart your computer in MS-DOS mode" from
REM the Shutdown menu in Windows or if you choose F8 and select
REM one of the Startup menu options that let you enter into MS-DOS
REM instead of loading the Windows 95 GUI.
REM
REM Be sure the information following the /D switch on the CD-ROM
REM driver matches the information following the /d: parameter on
REM MSCDEX loaded in Autoexec.bat.

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS /TESTMEM:OFF
DOS=HIGH,UMB
DEVICEHIGH=C:\WINDOWS\SETVER.EXE
DEVICEHIGH=C:\WINDOWS\PANNING.SYS
rem  SystemSoft CardWorks(TM)
rem SystemSoft CardWorks(TM) PCMCIA drivers:
device=C:\CARDWORK\SSTPIC95.EXE /SKT:2
REM - by PC Card (PCMCIA) wizard - device=C:\CARDWORK\CS.EXE /POLL:1
REM - by PC Card (PCMCIA) wizard - device=C:\CARDWORK\CSALLOC.EXE
REM - by PC Card (PCMCIA) wizard - device=C:\CARDWORK\CARDID.EXE
REM - by PC Card (PCMCIA) wizard - INSTALL=C:\CARDWORK\CS_APM.EXE
device=C:\aricidi.exe /P:1 /I:15 /D:MSCD00
DEVICE=C:\CDROM\ARICDI.EXE /P:1 /I:15 /D:MSCD001
 CONFIG.SYS file
C:\DOS\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 /M:4
@ECHO OFF
                             
                 
rem - By Windows Setup - c:\windows\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 /M:4                            
SET PATH=c:\windows;c:\windows\COMMAND;C:\DOS;C:\;C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\
if exist toscd001 LH c:\windows\command\mscdex /D:TOSCD001 /M:10


And here's my config.sys file:

C:\DOS\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 /M:4
@ECHO OFF
                             
                 
rem - By Windows Setup - c:\windows\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 /M:4                            
SET PATH=c:\windows;c:\windows\COMMAND;C:\DOS;C:\;C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\
if exist toscd001 LH c:\windows\command\mscdex /D:TOSCD001 /M:10



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Let me know there's anything else you need....

Again, thanks,


Rowby Gorne
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Okay Rowby, before you start the actual process, I want you to make sure that you have all the files you need to bring your system back to where it was before you started with respect to hardware configuration. Therefore, if you have special drivers for pcmcia cards etc, make sure you copy them to floppies. I would copy all of C:\Cardworks off to a floppy. If your using the OSR2 version if windows 95, you won't need a Dos directory. Just confirm that you do have OSR2 (windows 95 version 950b)! Also, I noted that you seem to have items in your config.sys that belong to the autoexec.bat file and vice-versa as two cd rom drivers or related files noted in your config.sys and autoexec.bat files. Are these files somehow related to each other? "aricdi.exe" and "toscd" are thet part of the same driver set.

To make sure there are no mistakes, copy and paste just your config.sys file here. There seems to be errors in your existing one and I don't want to add to the confusion. There appears to be things in there that shouldn't be. I'll wait for your post!
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The following are the exact cut and pastes from the actual files:

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autoxec.bat:

LASTDRIVE=Z
REM Tip:  Put the real-mode driver for your CD-ROM in here.
REM It won't be used by Windows 95, but it will be used if you
REM choose "Restart your computer in MS-DOS mode" from
REM the Shutdown menu in Windows or if you choose F8 and select
REM one of the Startup menu options that let you enter into MS-DOS
REM instead of loading the Windows 95 GUI.
REM
REM Be sure the information following the /D switch on the CD-ROM
REM driver matches the information following the /d: parameter on
REM MSCDEX loaded in Autoexec.bat.

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS /TESTMEM:OFF
DOS=HIGH,UMB
DEVICEHIGH=C:\WINDOWS\SETVER.EXE
DEVICEHIGH=C:\WINDOWS\PANNING.SYS
rem  SystemSoft CardWorks(TM)
rem SystemSoft CardWorks(TM) PCMCIA drivers:
device=C:\CARDWORK\SSTPIC95.EXE /SKT:2
REM - by PC Card (PCMCIA) wizard - device=C:\CARDWORK\CS.EXE /POLL:1
REM - by PC Card (PCMCIA) wizard - device=C:\CARDWORK\CSALLOC.EXE
REM - by PC Card (PCMCIA) wizard - device=C:\CARDWORK\CARDID.EXE
REM - by PC Card (PCMCIA) wizard - INSTALL=C:\CARDWORK\CS_APM.EXE
device=C:\aricidi.exe /P:1 /I:15 /D:MSCD00
DEVICE=C:\CDROM\ARICDI.EXE /P:1 /I:15 /D:MSCD001



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Config.sys:

CONFIG.SYS file
C:\DOS\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 /M:4
@ECHO OFF
                             
                 
rem - By Windows Setup - c:\windows\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 /M:4                            
SET PATH=c:\windows;c:\windows\COMMAND;C:\DOS;C:\;C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\
if exist toscd001 LH c:\windows\command\mscdex /D:TOSCD001 /M:10


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                 -- Rowby
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by:Rowby Goren
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I should add that this is a new laptop only a month old.

I will be reinstalling the couple of programs I need (Netscape/Microsoft Explorer and Microsoft Word).  

So what I'm looking for here, is basically what would turn out to be the equivalent of a "new" installation.  I don't want *any* of my old settings to be in the new installation.

It should be as if I just got the laptop from the store.

Thanks!


Rowby


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Okay Rowby, here we go.

1. Using Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, create two Windows 95 Startup disks. After they are made, use Find, Files and Folders and transfer the following files to these disks if they are not already present.

Himem.sys
Mscdex.exe
Edit.com
Scandisk.exe
Sstpic95.exe
Aricdi.exe
Setver.exe
Panning.sys

2. With one of the Startup disks we're going to make a bootable disk to make sure that your cd rom drive functions before formatting the hard drive. On the other we will create and save the autoexec.bat and config.sys that you need to go onto the hard drive for the actual setup.


Your new CONFIG.SYS file to be transferred to your hard drive. Put these on one of the Startup disks, we'll call this floppy "A".
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DEVICE=C:\HIMEM.SYS
DOS=HIGH,UMB
DEVICEHIGH=C:\SETVER.EXE
REM DEVICEHIGH=C:\PANNING.SYS
REM device=C:\SSTPIC95.EXE /SKT:2
DEVICE=C:\ARICDI.EXE /P:1 /I:15 /D:MSCD001
LASTDRIVE=Z

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Your new AUTOEXEC.BAT FILE to be transferred to your hard drive.
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C:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD0001 /M:4
@ECHO OFF
PROMPT $p$g
PATH C:\

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These are your autoexec.bat and your config.sys files for one of your Startup disks! and not for the hard drive. We'll call this floppy "B".
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DEVICE=A:\HIMEM.SYS
DOS=HIGH,UMB
DEVICEHIGH=A:\SETVER.EXE
REM DEVICEHIGH=A:\PANNING.SYS
REM device=A:\SSTPIC95.EXE /SKT:2
DEVICE=A:\ARICDI.EXE /P:1 /I:15 /D:MSCD001
LASTDRIVE=Z

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Your new AUTOEXEC.BAT FILE to be transferred to your hard drive.
====================
A:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD0001 /M:4
@ECHO OFF
PROMPT $p$g
PATH A:\

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3. Insert the startup disk "B" that you have made with the above Autoexec.bat and Config.sys and restart the system. Make sure that you can access both the hard drive as well as the cd rom drive. If you can't, then there's something wrong with the device driver being used, and you will need to verify its correctness. If everything is working, then go on.

4. Now restart the system with floppy "B". At the Dos prompt, type:  Format C:\S
It wwill look like this!

A:\>Format c:\s  <touch enter>

This will format the drive and transfer the initial system files.

5. When the format has completed, just touch enter, there's no need to name the drive. Now insert Floppy "A" into the drive and transfer the following files to the hard drive. There's no reason to create any directories, as the Windows 95 install will do that for you.

Himem.sys
Mscdex.exe
Edit.com
Scandisk.exe
Sstpic95.exe
Aricdi.exe
Setver.exe
Panning.sys
Autoexec.bat
Config.sys

6. Now remove the floppy disk and reboot the system and test it to make sure that you still have access to the cd rom drive. If you do, then go on.

7. Insert the Windows 95 CD Rom disk that came with your laptop. Make sure that if you received any drivers special to components in your laptop, that you know where they are on the CD Rom disk or on floppies if supplied separately. At the "C" prompt, type D:\Setup and touch enter. It should look something like this:

C:\>D:\Setup  <touch enter>

This will begin the process of loading Windows 95. It will ask you if you want to make a typical or custom installation, use custom and choose the components that you wish to install.

8. Once the installation has completed, go into Device Manager and make sure there are no device conflicts noted (yellow circle with black exclamation mark) or (Red circle with black "X"). If there are, these will have to be resolved at this time. Most of the time it involves the installation of drivers from the CD Rom disk if this process was not automated on the actual CD Rom.

Now you should be able to customize windows as necessary and begin adding software.

If you have any questions, let me know!
Dennis
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by:Rowby Goren
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Excellent!

It worked perfectly.

Don't spend all your points in one place.

Thanks,


Rowby
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Your welcome Rowby...Be well!
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