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A power surge (from thunder and lightning storm) tripped a GFI circuit prior to my power strip.
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Hi,

     Being that you are starting from scratch; that is, a new harddrive with a new installation of windows 95, i would highly recommend you reinstall most, if not all, your applications from scratch.  With the installation of new software, there exist numerous changes to your registry, and additional files added to your system by the software installation.  So unless you cherish the thought of dealing with tons of error messages, i would reinstall everything.  If you absolutely detest the idea of reinstalling everything, you can get away with copying smaller applications to and fro.  For example, if you use Winzip, you can just copy the old Winzip directory over to the new harddrive and the program will reconfigure your registry automatically without having to reinstall.  However, i would advise against doing this for a program like MS office!  Also, you might want to factor in the possibility that your harddrive (the one that suffered from the lightning strike) is damaged!  

One more thing:  if your created a backup of your ENTIRE windows 95 system prior to the lightning attack, you most likely can just dump the contents back onto the new harddrive without any problems.  This will give you your old operating system, applications, and settings back.
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Thanks,
I'm sorry to say you confirmed what I already pretty much knew.  I tend to agree with your comment re: the old h/d.  Even though I only have this bloody keyboard and no mouse I am getting some really wierd errors all of a sudden.  i.e not enough room on my disk to get an email?   I think the ole 1.2 has seen better days.  Thanks again for the heads up!

Jon
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