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ok, heres my situation.  i have 2 computers, one i just put together and another with windows 98.  the windows 98 was an upgrade from 95.  i have a windows 95 oem disk and the upgrade to 98, but no windows 95 boot disk.  is it possible to copy some system files from my running windows 98 system to work for a boot disk to get windows 95 installed on the other?  if so what are the needed files?
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Running these OSes on two machines is probably illegal as you probably only have a license to run these OSes on one machine at a time but this does not answer the question.

I am not familiar with Windows 98 but I have been sucessful with installing Windows 95 from scratch this way with a Windows 95 upgrade CD.

I suggest you try this.  Make an Emergency Boot Disk (EBD) on the Win98 system, try installing Win98 on the new machine from scratch.  At some point it will say that it is an upgrade and requires an existing version of windows on you system.  At this point put the Win98 EBD in the floppy drive and tell the install to continue.  I have not have problems with this working but like I said I have not tried this with Win98 (only 95).

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good idea but one problem.  the running system is a notebook that can only have either the cd-rom drive in it or the floppy drive.  when i try to make the EBD it wants the win98 cd....

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OK upfront I would like to say that my experience with W98
is from mags,articles,and friends.
but this is how I do it !
put your floppy into the W98 comp.
go into dos format the disk using format a:/s
this will put the hidden system files on your boot disk now
copy your mscdex.exe ,config.sys ,autoexec.bat,format.com and your mouse.com or mouse.sys ,edit.com( you may want to edit your config.sys and your autoexec.bat)
next if you have info on the computer your installing BACK IT
UP ON SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE HARD DRIVE YOUL BE WORKING ON!
YOU WILL NEED TO FORMAT THIS HD!useing format c:/s
copy your autoexec.bat ,config.sys to the c:
you may want to copy your mouse driver as well .
now install yor cd -rom drivers.install win 95!
edit.com is just in case you need to edit autoexec or config.
mscdex.exe is just in case your cd-rom software does'nt have this file.it may ask were it is put it in afile and youll
know where it is.remember your auroexec.bat and config.sys
will carry your other computers driver locations if you clear
or modify them you won't have errors or can't find messeges
on bootup!

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-format the disk using format a:/s
-copy your mscdex.exe ,config.sys ,autoexec.bat,format.com and your mouse.com or mouse.sys, edit.com

i formated the disk and copied the files to it.  when i put the disk in the other computer, it still tells me "invalid system disk" when i boot up.  also, the computer i am trying to setup has a brand new hard drive so there is nothing to format.  (not that it would take the command anyway with no OS).

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when you formated the disk did it copy the command.com over to
the boot disk?
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thanks alot tylox!  thats just what i needed.  it worked like a charm.
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