MS-DOS needed to install Windows 95?
Posted on 1999-01-10
I've been installing and upgrading O.S's on PC computers for quite some time.
An issue that I've been confronting is, even with a brand new hard drive, after partitioning and formatting the drive, when I try to install Windows 95 (the original and the OSR2 versions), it starts loading the drivers for the CDROM drive (with the Win95 floppy inserted). After a few seconds, a message displays saying that the drive was not found, then it shows some interaction with the floppy, like: "A:\MSCDEX .... \"
I check the connection of the CDROM drive. Then, to double check, I try to install Windows NT4 (the 'big brother')and, sure enough, it detects the CDROM and the installation runs smoothly. That's why it's the 'big bro' ;-)
The workaround I've developed is, I HAVE TO INSTALL DOS, then run the installation disk for the CDROM. After rebooting, the CDROM drive letter is 'alive', insert the Windows 95 CD and install it.
I've been working with different machines and different brands of CDROM's. I ALWAYS have this problem.
Is it that, in order to install the infamous Windows 95, MS-DOS NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED BEFORE?, if so, how come there are not instructions to this respect?.
I've been working with one package of Windows 95 (first version) and two packages of Windows 95 (OSR2), so, I don't think the floppies or CD's are ALL defective or corrupted.
Have been reading articles and books about this and, even modifying the config.sys file with the:
line included, as well the AUTOEXEC.BAT with the:
line but, of course, this means DOS NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED,or NOT?.
Will appreciate any help on this
Efrain R Portales, A+