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I need to reinstall Win95 (OSR2) because of problems with my registry and a device driver, but I have IE 4.01 installed.  When I try to run setup, it mentions an "updated version of this program," then says I must first uninstall IE4 before reinstalling Win95.  After the last time I uninstalled IE 4.0, it was a pain getting everything back to normal.  So my question is do I really have to uninstall IE4 to reinstall Win95 and then reinstall IE4, or is there an "updated version" that would allow me to reinstall Win95 "over" IE4?  Thanks.
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What I usually do is the following.

1. copy the cab files to HDD

2. reboot, and hold down the SHIFT key, until it has finished and the dsktop is displayed. - this will only load the WIN95 shell, not what is in startup (this is a "precautionary step" - you don't neeed to to it, but is recommended).


There is a version of the OSR2 that won't let you reinstall over the top of a current WIN95 installation : -unless it is run from the HDD (just copy the WIN95 directory off the CD-ROM to C:\

3. run the setup from C:\

Look at your options on the setup screen.  I am not sure as to the reasons for you r re-install, but there are a number of options that may suit your requirements.  One option lets you reinstall
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I already have the Win95 directory from the CD on my HDD E:\ drive, and that's where I was running steup.exe from (does it need to be on C:\?).  It tells me I have to click on Details "for details about obtaining an updated version of this program."  That tells me that I cannot reinstall Windows when IE 4.0 is installed, and that I need to uninstall IE 4.0 first, otherwise running Setup "will cause problems."  My question was if there is a way around this, or is it safe to run Setup despite the warning.  I need to reinstall because I have a problem like the one in "Lock-Ups & Invalid VxD Link Problems" (7/17/97, Win95 General Q10023897) where it was solved by running "setup /d /p f" from the DOS prompt--not from within Windows.    Thanks again.
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I ran setup on a machine last night dispite this warning/error, about IE4.0. I did need to re-install IE 4.0 again, after I installed WIN95 - but everything - favs - setting ect - were all OK.

So I would suggest ignor the warning - install WIN95- when that is finished, absolutley finished - DON'T TRY TO RUN IE JUST YET - just install IE 4.0 again.  It should be fine - my install was, and there were some funky stuff going wrong on that box.

I trust this is what you want to know.
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PS : WIN95 strictly speaking does not need to be on c:\ at all.
- it has been my experience that it is less troublesome, in your type of situation. Blow it away when you are finished.

It is by no means a nessesity.
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