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I asked a question on a way i could speed up my system without buying new hardware. Vipeint told i could install two versions of windows95 on my HD and use them for different things. How exactly do I install two versions of Windows95 on my HD and separate the two?
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by:thresher_shark
ID: 1020613
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by:jimmydig
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Instead of Having 2 versions of Win95 you could do the following:-
Run a disk defragmenter
Free up hard drive space and your virtual memory will be higher
Download A memory manager (like MagnaRAM) this will increase your system speed aswell
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by:kingwave
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He did not answer my question how can i install two versions of windows95.
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by:kayton
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I personally do not advise two different versions of Windows.  It could lead to complications that could take weeks to solve.  And you'd have to remember which software was installed where.

I personally DO recommend buying a new motherboard or processor.  They're dirt-cheap and much less likely to cause you grief.
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by:jcarlo
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Yeah.  I agree, two OSes installed can become a real pain in the ass.  Have you considered overclocking as a way to boost system performance?  You might also want to separate your CD ROM from your hard drive (put on separate IDE cable), or put your swap file onto another hard drive (if you have a second).  These will all boost system performance, probably more than having two OSes would.

Regards,
Jeremy
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by:thresher_shark
ID: 1020618
Indeed, it would most likely be nothing but a big hassle.  But if you are set on running multiple OSs, Partition Magic is the way to go.

Another way to speed up the computer would be to reformat it.  Of course, you will lose all information on it, but it cleans out loads of extra windows junk and other things left by "uninstallation" programs.
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by:chewhoung
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Do you want a free partition program?
I've use it and have 7 diff version of windows95 on my pc. It can create up to 30 over partition on one harddisk.
Tell me your address here if you want it.
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by:chewhoung
ID: 1020620
One thing is you have to create the partition from clean(formatted harddisk)
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by:thresher_shark
ID: 1020621
Well everyone has a program that does that; it's called FDISK.
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by:davidmwilliams
ID: 1020622
 Use partition magic to make two bootable Windows partitions.  Then, also, use WinZip to zip up your good, clean, Windows installations.  Keep these zip files handy.  If ever you trash one of your Windows installs, you can regenerate it straight away by unzipping one of your zip files (after booting into the other Windows install).
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by:Tim Holman
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Am I missing something here, because Partition Magic costs MONEY, which is what this poor chap wants to avoid.
Two versions of 95 on the same PC = waste of disk space + no increase in performance (unless one's stripped bare, but then again it would be useless !).
You can do it simply by installing to a different directory, other than WINDOWS, but the best advice I can give is to INSTALL SOME MORE MEMORY.
It doesn't cost much, if you're that bothered, steal some from school or something !
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by:kingwave
ID: 1020624
Chewhoung  i would like to have that partititon program but i dont necessarily want to give out my address here. Is there another way i could get it.
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by:davidmwilliams
ID: 1020625
 Partition Magic is not an item of hardware - the questioner said he wished to avoid buying hardware, not that he didn't want to spend money.  Actually, it's funny you question this, but then suggest he installs RAM which _is_ hardware!
  For those who keep saying that they don't recommend having multiple installs of Windows, I guess they're not software developers.  It's quite common practice to have a couple of different versions of Windows on a development machine so that software can be tested in 'clean' conditions, and also so that you can test variations between '95 and NT, for example.
  Using partition magic and zipped copies of good installs works great for me ... and I can rebuild my development system entirely, within just minutes, if anything goes wrong.
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by:jcarlo
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Kingwave,

If you want to boost system performance, and overclocking, defragging, and other stuff like that doesn't cut it, just bite the bullet and buy some more RAM, particularly if you have 32 or fewer MB (if you have 64 already, more probably won't do you any good) and be done with it.  RAM now costs a little over a dollar a meg, and Partition Magic will probably colst you the same as enough RAM to make your computer fly through even the biggest, most bloated applications.  

I know that you didn't want to buy more hardware, but this is my recommendation.

regards,
Jeremy
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by:davidmwilliams
ID: 1020627
 I agree entirely - get more RAM.
  It just seems to me that the questioner asked elsewhere how to speed up their system, and here they are specifically asking how to set up multiple Windows installations.
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