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Automatic W95 boot-up disk for CD

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I have been told that it is possible to create an automatic boot-up disk so that if you want to do a complete sys restore you just put the floppy and the CD in, reboot and it will reinstall W95 without the need to program all the sys and cd rom drivers into the hard drive first.  I have been told all the essential info is already posted on the MS website but i have been unable to track it down.  If someone could post me step by step instructions or tell me the site address I would be grateful.
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hemphandle,

nothing is necessary except an autoexec.bat with the mscdex.exe and a config.sys with the appropriate CD-ROM driver !

format a diskette and make it bootable with the "sys" command.
then generate an autoexec and a config.

here an example of the autoexec.bat:

keyb gr
mscdex.exe /d:atapicd
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here an example of the config.sys:

device=???.sys /d:atapicd  (where ???.sys is your driver for your CD-ROM device)

NOTE:
you have to copy the following files to your diskette before rebooting:
keyb.com
???.sys
mscdex.exe
(to avoid any trouble copy the following, too):
format.com
edit.com
sys.com
fdisk.com
xcopy.com

after finishing, you will be able to boot from diskette, insert the WIN9x-CD, change to the drive letter assigned for your CD-ROM and start setup...that's it.

Feel free to ask me for further details.

regards
-Stavi-
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oops...

the switch "gr" used by the command "keyb" is meant to use the german keyboard layout.
If you know the switch for your country, use this, or delete it entirely.

FYI:
you have to "program" at least one SYS...the SYS for your CD-ROM.
Of course, there is a SYS file for "all" ATAPI compliant CD-ROM drives (I think it's name is OAKCDROM.SYS), but in my opinion this general device driver does not work properly with every (!) CD-ROM drive !

-Stavi-
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...it's me again =;-))

enter the following to your autoexec.bat to automate the setup process:

<CD-ROM>:\setup

where CD-ROM is the drive letter which was assigned to your CD-ROM.
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in case you need the drivers for your CD-ROM device:

http://www.driverupdate.com/drivers/windows95/cdrom/index.html
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Sounds about right to me.  I wouldn't have minded the site address though :)
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Glad I could help you :)

Best regards
-Stavi-
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