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I'd like to reformat my hard drive and then reload WIN95.  How do I make a boot disk?  It will need to have the CDROM drivers included along with the usual DOS FORMAT and FDISK commands.
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by:ksorg
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you can make a start up disk by going to settings,control panel,add/remove programs and then startup disk tab.
you will need to copy your you cdrom drivers onto the disk, also make sure mscdex.exe is also on the startup disk.
you will need to modify the autoexec.bat and config.sys files on the startup disk tell it where the cdrom drivers are and the parameters for the cdrom.and you will need to tell it to load mscdex.exe and where it is located on the disk
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by:juggernaut
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above is right about making a startup disk but what i would do with the cd rom drivers is
1.copy everything from the cd rom driver disk to your hard drive
2.after u made your startup disk install the cd-rom drivers from your hard disk to your startup disk (make sure u do custon install) and make sure every option that includes drive be a:
well thats what i done when my computer crashed hope this will help
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by:madhatta
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with windows 95 installing you also need to add himem.sys and load it as well other wise win95 install will not work unless you give it access to your upper or extended memory area
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by:ksorg
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I appreciate the help from everyone.

It wasn't as easy as it first seemed.  Found it necessary to do a considerable amount of alteration to the Win95 Start-up disk before it would operate like I wanted.  Added a DOS directory and a DRIVERS directory, then move quiet a few things from WINDOWS/COMMAND to DOS, CDROM drivers and MSCDEX.EXE to the DRIVERS directory.  Persistance pays... now believe 'it' is 'just right'!  Will put-off the new installation until next week. Got my fingers crossed.

Thanks again,
ksorg
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