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Why can't i u/g to windows 95 version c

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I have windows 95 version a and i want to upgrade it to windows 95 version c to cure most of these anoying bugs i get here and there and a error comes up saying "you already have an operating system installed which this version of windows can't install get the upgrade"
some on the line of that well windows version c is an upgrade version so whats the problem??
will this happern if i try to install win98??
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chunsaker earned 10 total points
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Answer. The version you're trying to install is designed for a machine that doesn't have another operating system on it. (i.e., you've got someone's oem version.) Quick and easy solution, delete or rename win.com.
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Oh, second question... this won't happen with 98 unless you're trying to install an oem version.
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whats the difference between oem and the other version??
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whats the difference between oem and the other version??
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The OEM is sold to the computer manufacturer specifically for installation on a new computer. It's sold cheaply ($25) or so to them. It usually has a sticker on it that says "Only for use with a new machine." Most often, that's the only difference. Sometimes it may be branded, you might see special information in the Device Manager area under support options, also might include special drivers. It should work fine for you though.
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by:johncook
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Here is the answer try it and when it works...
resubmit question for me to get the points...
If it does not work I have other methods that will.
;-}



    Here is the answer, If you would like some of the other methods, let me know...
    You don't have to delete windows..nor re-format..(this method keeps you at 16 bit fat, if you wanted fat 32 you
    WOULD have to re-format.


          Here is one of many methods....
          Worked perfect for me...kept all of my old progs..and shortcuts..
          Had to reinstall some drivers...video etc.

          17 Mar 97 Method 2: (courtesy Tom Porterfield)

          This method is more difficult than method 1, but is preferable in that it tells the setup.exe to perform an upgrade
          installation. This method can only be used if you have your OEM number from you certificate of authenticity on
          your manual (format: XXXXX-OEM-XXXXXXX-XXXXX): you will be prompted for this during installation.
          1) Start up the OSR2 setup as normal, from within Windows95.

          2) When you are presented with the License Agreement dialog box, stop.
          Don't click anything yet.  Resist the urge to click "Next."  Just stop!

          3)Open Start Menu (CNTRL + ESC) and click "Run."  Type "Notepad" and click "OK".

          4) Open the file "setuppp.inf" in the directory WININST0.400.  This
          directory and its associated files were created by the OSR2 setup program.

          5) Find the line in the file with the text "[data]".  Add the
          following line after it: "OEMUP=1".  The text should look as follows:

          [data]
          OEMUP=1

          6) Save the file and exit Notepad.

          7) Switch back to the OSR2 setup (using Alt+Tab) and continue with OSR2
          installation.


          John C. Cook

John C. Cook
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Hm.. interesting info John C. Cook. Thanks for the oemup tip. BTW, you don't need to format your hard drive to go fat32, run cvt1.exe at any time to convert. Or ftpsearch for pqmagic or pqmagict to do it the more illicit way.
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by:chunsaker
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Do you use the same answer every time?
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Oops, retract the cvt1.exe, that's 98, pqmagic will still work.
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thanks for the advice john cook but the problem is that it does'nt get to the licence agreement bit the furthest it gets is the after the disclaimer bit where windows reads the floppy drive
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by:chunsaker
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Did renaming win.com fix the problem? You should either accept or reject my answer, depending on whether it fixed your problem or not.
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by:johncook
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Sorry it didn't help...
to chunsaker,
I use the answer which was easiest for me and which seemed to perform as advertised.

John C. Cook  
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by:chunsaker
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Hey juggernaut...it sounds like you might have some other problem, other then the licensing issue here. I'd recommend that you copy the cab files to a directory on your harddrive and try running setup from there. When happens at the point when Win95 stops the install?
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