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I installed the windows 98 upgrade on my computer and it crashed. So I am trying to reinstall windows 95. The cdrom drivers on the windows 95 disk will not start my cdrom, so I am trying to manually put my cdrom driver on my system. I have got my cdrom working but now the computer keeps saying I don't have the himem.sys or 386xms driver installed. What am I doing wrong?
 
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by:clo1
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Can you successfully install win98, or can you go to the "make startup disk" in win98's installation program? If so, you can create the win98 startup disk, and you can access the CD-Rom without error. But make sure you have a clean format of the hard drive before doing this.
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by:dudleyf
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What kind of cd-rom do you have? The request for Himem.sys and emm386.exe are odd, because win95 does very well without them.
Can you copy your autoexec.bat and config.sys to a message and post for us?
What does your computer say when you type "ver" at the C:\ prompt? What kind of computer do you have?
When you said "the cdrom drivers on the windows _95_ disk will not start my cdrom." did you mean 95 or 98? Do you have a '98 startup disk and will the cdrom drivers on that disk allow you to access your cdrom?
You don't have to anwser _all_ of these questions to get help, but the more of them you anwser, the more people know about your situation and the better they can help. It seems like the people who don't bother to give detailed info about their problem or their system are the same ones who don't bother to award points when they get their anwser. It discourages people from trying to help.
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khanson earned 100 total points
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If you have managed to successfully reinstall your Wnidows 95 and have access to your CD-ROM, you are definitely on the right track.  If your computer is saying that it cannot find your himem.sys or 386xms driver installed, check for a DEVICE= statement in your config.sys file and a corresponding path statement in your autoexec.bat file if they (config.sys and autoexec.bat) are present.  

Note:  There are times when the system cannot find this file location information due to the path statement.  If you have multiple path statements in your autoexec.bat file, combine the location of all into one single path statement.

Example for config.sys file:
DEVICE=HIMEM.SYS /testmem:off

where /testmem:off is an additional switch to bypass the memory test.  If your high memory allogated address space is out of whack you can probably forget your machine!  :-)

If you have no autoexec.bat file and/or no config.sys file, you might look to just copy these files from either another computer or user.  If you do not have access to copying these files from another computer, you might have someone e-mail them to you.  

Hope this helps.

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by:khanson
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Apologize ... forgot to mention for your config.sys file ...

DEVICE=EMM386.EXE NOEMS

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by:greentoe
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To dudleyf:
my cdrom is Toshiba xm5702b 12x.
When I type the ver command it says-- Windows 95. {Version 4.00.1111}.  I have a Pentium computer made by Micro Computer Systems. I am trying to reinstall Windows 95. The only thing my config.sys has in it is the driver for my cdrom. I can access my cdrom now but Windows will only start in safe mode. My brother-in-law is going to e-mail his windows 95 config.sys files.
   I hope you can help me to understand this problem and thank you for what you have already tried to do.
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