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Reinstalling Windows 95

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I try to install Windows 95 from a cd and I get a message, "Setup is unable to find SETUP.DLL which is needed to complete the installation error 103"
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by:rmarotta
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Is it a Win95 installation disk, or a companion disk?
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by:bchew
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Try copying the I386 directory from the CD to a temporary directory on you C: drive and run setup from there.  Some CD drives won't work right during installation.
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Try copying the I386 directory from the CD to a temporary directory on you C: drive and run setup from there.  Some CD drives won't work right during installation.
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by:rosefire
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This is a guess, but if you are using an upgrade disk, it may be looking for the previous version of windows and not finding it.  Have you tried putting settup.dll  in c:\windows or on a floppy inserted in the a: drive.
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by:spenner
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If it's an upgrade version, just stick disk one of a windows 3.x installation in the floppy drive and browse to it when it asks for the file in order to get a clean install
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Exactly, that was the point I was trying to make.
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by:rosefire
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Well there is no setup.dll on my windows 98 hard drive.  And the windows 98 CD does have an _setup.dll.  Assuming the disk is not corrupted, maybe you are not running setup from the right place.  Did you give the full path when you ran setup?  try running it right off the CD (or floppy) from DOS by going to the root directory on the floppy and typeing setup or supplying the full path name to the file

e:\setup

for example.
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by:wayneb
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Have a look at this site and see if it helps to solve your problems, you must complete a registration before you can access this site.

http://support.microsoft.com/support/tshoot/w95setup.asp
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by:newci
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I have a packard bell computer, and the cd is a packard bell master cd which is a backup only. The # is MS #000-14212 it has among the many other programs on the cd microsoft windows 95 , I also have the companion cd. I will try to follow the advice and hope it will work out.
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rmarotta earned 100 total points
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Here's how to use the companion CD for Win95 installation:

Copy all the files from the CD onto a directory (i.e. C:\Win95) on your hard disk.
Then copy dossetup.bin, oemsetup.bin, oemsetup.exe, setup.exe, setup.txt, suhelper.bin, and winsetup.bin to the same directory from any version of Windows 95.
You can then run setup and install from that directory.
Let me know if you need more.
Regards,
Ralph
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by:newci
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I appreciate all the help and decided to backup some important files and then I formated my hard drive and then reloaded windows 95. I had some problems ,but I believe I have it right now . I had to reload a Microsoft broser and lost all my favorite sights. Just tonight I was able to get back on the internet, It feels good. Thanks
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