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Just got a new system in today.  6.4 G hardrive, a zip drive, and an 10 base T ethernet card.  Windows won't install...says something about a compressed disk or a utility cache program...of which I don't think I have either.  Any ideas why it won't install.  Exactly the same system that I just installed windows on recently except that had a 4.3 G hardrive and no zip drive and no ethernet card.
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by:thresher_shark
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Did you format the hard drive?  If you did, do it again.  If not, there's the problem :-)
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by:sgenther
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Also did you run Fdisk and partition the hard drive?(This need be done before formating).
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by:Tim Holman
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Roy,
  Before you trash the hard drive - what's on it at the moment ?
  Operating systems that support compression will come with a utility that decompresses, such as drivespace, that NT compression thing, doublespace etc....

Tim
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by:Lee W, MVP
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tim,

"that NT compression thing" is built into the OS and NTFS.  It's not available to use unless NT is running with NTFS.  And if it is running NTFS then 95/98 won't be able to even get a directory listing on the hard disk.  This is most certainly not Roy's problem.  (Though you may be correct about drivespace/doublespace.)
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by:mikecr
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Did you turn off the Virus scanner in CMOS if you have one?

Mike
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by:rosefire
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Try running your install from a boot floppy.  If you are currently running a compressed drive you may need to decompress it.  If not, try renaming autoexex.bat and config.sys before you install.  Windows does not need any of the 16-bit drivers use by DOS.  This will also keep 3rd party disk cache programs from loading. They can interfere with an install.
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by:xema
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Wich brand of HD, some times they are preformated in low capacity and some software is stored there.  So if you can boot to DOS make a DIR and see what you got.
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This is a known problem with Win95b.

Check MS knowledge base article Q166466.

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q166/4/66.asp?FR=0

I have had this problem before and this KB fixed it.
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