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I have a newly formatted hard drive and am having a difficult time installing Windows 95.  When I boot the machine with a startup disk in the A drive it says "starting windows 95" but then I get kicked back to the a:/ prompt.
What should I do?
Thanks in advance!
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by:Jason_S
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This is normal for a startup disk.  The 95 logo will be displayed.  You need to install Windows onto your hard drive, then boot to it.

I see this is a duplicate question.  Please delete the other one, and get your points refunded.
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The installing process started by booting the computers with boot disk (startup disk).
In my experience, the boot disk will automatically run setup program that will install the Windows 95 (because of the autoexec.bat file).
I think to solve this problem you must type setup on a:\ prompt (please make sure your Windows 95 startup disk is inside drive a:).  Then the setup program (Windows 95 installation) will run.
Please try the way I suggest.
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The installing process started by booting the computers with boot disk (startup
     disk).
     In my experience, the boot disk will automatically run setup program that will
     install the Windows 95 (because of the autoexec.bat file).
     I think to solve this problem you must type setup on a:\ prompt (please make
     sure your Windows 95 startup disk is inside drive a:).  Then the setup program
     (Windows 95 installation) will run.
     Please try the way I suggest.
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by:rwalesm
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the start-up disk is doing what it is suppose to.  take you to a:/

1. from here you must have your cd-rom drivers loaded
(too load them you must copy the cdromdriver.sys and mscdex.exe file to your startup disk and create an autoexec.bat and config.sys which loads them)

lines in autoexec.bat are like (just one)
a:\mscdex.exe /d:mscd000 /m:15 /v    (differs a little from cdrom to cdrom)

lines in config.sys (two lines)
device=a:\himem.sys
device=a:\cdromdrive.sys /d:mscd000 /(either a v or q may have to experiment until drive works)

Now that is the hardest part, to get the cd-rom loaded (can take quite a while)
once you are in a:\ prompt and you have the cd-rom drivers loaded (should see after windows 95 starting ..  that cd-rom is installed(saying mscd000 found and installed))

2. Now put the win 95 cd in the cd-rom and type setup to begin installing win  95.
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infinetwps:  Any feedback from you?
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