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How do I reinstall Win 95 after format C:

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I have an AST Advantage Pentium 133 running Win 95. I wanted to fomat the C drive and reinstall Win 95. I typed format C: and it did it's thing. Then I put the Win 95 start-up disk in the floppy and the Windows 95 CD in. When I boot up it says starting Windows 95 and then displays the A prompt. What should I do next?
    Please give explicit advice as I'm not a computer wiz.
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by:furby3
ID: 1759551
For the heck of it I tried a universial boot disk from another system. I chose the option to load an OS. I got a message that the OS could not load because it either could not find the C drive or it could not find the CD-ROM. When I enter the CMOS setup I see the hard drive and CD, both are auto configured.
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When booting up with this universial boot disk I get a message: Device driver not found: 'CD1'    
There is an option to load drivers but when I try I get this message:  The program could not find a C drive. This may be caused by the following:
1) your hard drive is not formatted.
2) Your hard drive is formatted but not as a FAT 16 or FAT 32 device.

I'm really lost....
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linschoten earned 400 total points
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If you can get a Recovery Disk from Win98 you should be able to load the CDROM drive.
If running from a Win95-osr2 boot disk then the CONFIG.SYS file should load the device driver from the CDROM and AUTOEXEC.BAT should load the MicroSoft CD EXtension file MSCDEX.EXE
ie
CONFIG.SYS
device=a:\cddriver\cdrom.sys  /d:mscd001
(cdrom.sys is not the name but it will be a .sys file for the driver)

AUTOEXEC.BAT

a:\cddriver\mscdex.exe /d:mscd001

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by:furby3
ID: 1759555
The machine I'm trying to restore had Win 95 osr-1.  I have master restore diskett from a Packard Bell system that uses Win 98. I put it in A drive and rebooted. I got a message that said Please Wait...nothing ever happenned. From this PB system I have a companion CD that says it has the Win 98 installation files among other things.
I  also have a Win 98 upgrade CD. How should I proceed? Do I put the one of these CD's in and type a DOS command?  


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by:furby3
ID: 1759556
I downloaded the driver for the CD ROM from the net.
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I also have the Microsoft Windows 95 Companion CD which came with the original AST system.
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by:furby3
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This really didn't solve my problem, however given the information I provided it was a good start. I called a friend of mile and we spent an hour on the phone. The problem was another hard drive I had on this system at one time. It had a BIOS disk installed. I had to reformat my HD with this, then I was able to reload the CD ROM and restore the system.
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by:linschoten
ID: 1759559
I always recommend to copy the Win98 directory (without the subdirectories) to the local disk. The installation seems to work faster and you don't have the problem with having to insert the Win98 CD in the drive each time you upgrade the OS files.

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