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Install Windows95 without CDROM-device?

Posted on 1998-08-14
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Help.
I want to cleanup my whole system by formatting my harddisk and then install Windows 95 again. Because I don't have a floppy to start this installation and I don't have access to my cd-rom after I format the HD, I wonder how I have to do this job?
Thanx for helping.
Jan van Barchum.
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First option would be to make a boot disk.  You can find generic cd rom boot disks at http://www.download.com.  But if you don't want to go that route you can boot up into DOS mode format your drive at this point you should still have access to the cd rom.  copy the entire WIN95 directory from the cd-rom to your hardrive and then run the program from your HD. If you decide to make a boot floopy be sure to copy format.com, fdisk, and sys to the disk.

Good luck.
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by:rmarotta
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roosiedb,
Actually, format, fdisk, and sys are NOT necessary for your boot disk.
If you want to install Win95 off a CD from scratch, to your formatted drive, you will need the following files copied to a bootable floppy disk:

1) HIMEM.SYS
2) MSCDEX.EXE
3) <your CDROM device driver file>

Let me know if you need more info or help to set it up.
Regards,
Ralph
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Format, fdisk and sys are not necessary but come in handy on any boot disk.
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Do you think HIMEM, MSCDEX, and a CDROM driver would "come in handy" too?

The question stated:

 "I don't have a floppy to start this installation and I don't have access to my cd-rom after I format the HD..... "

Ralph
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by:roosiedb
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The job is done right now. Thank you all for helping me !!!!
Bye !!
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by:rmarotta
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roosiedb,

If the answer proposed did not help you to solve the problem, you should reject it.

You should award the points and close the question by grading the proposed answer if it solved your problem.

Please leave a comment explaining how you solved the problem so the correct answer will be saved with this question in the PAQ.

Regards,
Ralph
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I did make a "boot"-floppy and then I installed Windows95 again, after I formatted the whole harddisk. Thanx again.
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by:ktownsend
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Ralph,  Your and my suggestion are the same.  The cd-rom installation program installs the driver(.sys).  Himem would come in handy if you plan on running Windows.  I just generally copy the above files for my own troubleshooting needs.  I seem to always need them to reformat or repartition my hd.  

Thkx

Keith Townsend
MCSE,CNA, A+
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