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installing windows 95 ver.b

HI MY NAME IS LOU  I am presently running on windows 3.11.  I have a legal cd of windows95 which I want to install. This is not an upgrade version.  I do not want to lose all of the various preferences and options that are already installed.  I have been told that everything will be wiped out.  If this is correct what do I do so as not to lose everything?  I have been told that the upgrade version is not as complete as the full version . Is this true?  If I save the present win.ini files will this enable me to save all the previous settings and preferences.  I was told to save all the data files.  How does one know which files are data files?
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kaytonCommented:
You cannot upgrade from win311 to win95b and keep system settings, installed programs, etc.  This works with the original upgrade A version.  You can try doing this manually, but you'll never get it right.  Bite the bullet and install B from scratch, and reinstall all software. Remember to keep the DLLs!
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nigypAuthor Commented:
How do I know which DLL files to save and in which directories to find them?
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kaytonCommented:
Copy all the DLLs from C:\WINDOWS and C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM into a scratch file, for instance C:\DLL_OLD.  For good measure, copy all the *.INI files also.  Copy the applications, for instance C:\OLDAPPS.  Now install Win95 from scratch.  Copy the old application files back into their original locations.  See if they work.  If they need a DLL, they will complain.  You can then copy the appropriate DLL from the DLL_OLD back into C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.  You may need to copy several DLLs per app to make them work.

Note that complex apps like Microsoft Word will not work this way.  You will need to install them from scratch.

Let me know if you need more info.  
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