reinstall win95

Posted on 1998-12-10
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
an ast computer has some corrupt files and at boot up win 95 partially starts up then fails returning to "you may now switch off" screen.  error message displayed during sequence advises you must re install windows.  Can anyone advise how to reinstall without delating all data on disk,  I can access dos prompt.
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Stevie_emwsys earned 50 total points
ID: 1760134
Try reinstalling over your current 95 installation.

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ID: 1760135
can you be more specific about how to do this. Do I need boot disc to reinstall from CD, or can I reinstalll from HDD.
Can you advise specifics of how to do

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ID: 1760136
If you have the drive space then create a directory called say, Win95 and copy the contents of the Win95 directory into it. Run Setup and when prompted to install to the Windows directory. You shouldn't need to use a boot disk.
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ID: 1760137
yes but the win96 directory on the HDD uis corrupt therefore I need to install from non corrupt copy. The only non corrupt copy I have is on the CD and to access this I need to use boot floppy since in oresent condirion D is not seen. I,m doing this tomorrow for a fried, can you or anyone confirm the correct method is to install from cd using boot floppy. Are ther any advamtages in copying from CD to HDD and then installing from HDD using setup.

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ID: 1760138
OK, You should have given a bit more information but here we go.Use the boot floppy to boot with. When you get to the DOS prompt then delete the Win95 directory (This should be the directory with the Win95 instalation files in it. If you are not sure then create another directory), create it again and then copy the contents of the Win95 directory on the CD to the Win95 directory on your hard drive. Run setup from there. The benefits of installing from HD is mainly speed.

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ID: 1760139
thanks for your help, all ok now.

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ID: 1760140
Glad to have helped.

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