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2 win95 os's on one hd - possible?

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How do I install and run two completely different win95 os's on one machine?
What I want to do is to have one win95 where I can play/experiment with sw without running the danger of impacting my "real" win95 which I use for business daily. As far as external drives are concerned, all I have is a zip drive. I want to do it without having to go through or boot from the zip as it is rather slow with win95 on it...

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Peter
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Here is something a little complicated. If you want to install two versions of windows 95 on your hard drive in such a way that neither knows the other exists, than here is what I would recommend doing. Either do the following if you don't want to buy any software or another way to do it is to use a program called system commander. It is a great program that lets you have multiple os's on the same harddrive! It costs about $40 for the software though.

Here is how to do it without the SC software:

1. partition your hard drive into two logical drives using fdisk (if your not sure how to use fdisk,  ask for further instructions!)
2. format the first partition and install win 95 on it.
3. format the second partition and install win 95 on it. (it might notice it is already installed, so just tell it to ignore and choose the second partition)

make a copy of msdos.sys on your first partition and your second partition.

When you boot up, it'll always boot to the last 95 you installed. But what if i want to go to the other 95? simple just copy the opposite partion's msdos.sys file into c:\. Voila!Its not very easy but it works.

oh, the software is at http://www.systemcommander.com
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Well,

The non-system commander option is not viable for me as I do not want to fdisk over my current 95 installation.
I have system commander and have tried that on another machine, however, when I attempted to install the second 95 on the second partition I created with system commander, it will install key files into the c: partition no matter what, thus preventing me from having separate registries and system files. And I have heard somewhere that win95 will always look for ONE set of key system files, not allowing a second win95 installation on the same disk. Thus my question if there is a way around that. Hope this makes sense.
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Still looking for help with this.
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