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I am reinstalling Win 95 but I have lost my 3 1/2" cdrom setup disk.  How do I install Windows from cdrom without it?  I also don't know the manufacturer of the cdrom.
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Do you have access to a Win 98 machine? if so you can get a generic driver from the win98 startup disk that works with 90% of the CD-Roms.


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You can shutdown the computer into dos mode, anf format the machine with the /s option.  Then before you reset the machine you can copy the entire win95 folder from the CD to thr HDD.  reboot the machine and run setup.exe from the HDD
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the c:\ drive is already formated and wiped clean.  I need to get the cdrom recongnized from boot up.
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If the proposed answer did not help you. You should have rejected it.
Do you have access to a Win98 machine?


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Yes I have a friend who has win 98,

(Sorry about the slow response, I didn't understand the system here.)
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just create a startup disk with your friends machine. this is done in the Add/Remove programs control panel. You should be able to boot with it and have CD-ROM support. Just don't fdisk with that startup disk (format is OK but don't fdisk)


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just create a startup disk with your friends machine. this is done in the Add/Remove programs control panel. You should be able to boot with it and have CD-ROM support. Just don't fdisk with that startup disk (format is OK but don't fdisk)


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Doesn't the startup disk create a logic drive where it stores stuff?  So if I try to restall it won't I get a message that it won't install 'cause the hard drive is locked by another program?
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It creates a temp ram drive (its nothing to worry about) the ram drive allows the 1.44 disk to have multiple Cd-Rom drivers along with Diagnostic tools.  Also you can install the way I don't and most OEM's do. if you have enough room on your hard drive copy the files from the win98 directory on the CD over to the hard drive.  This is the way I do it:

Boot with the disk and switch to the C: promt. from c: type this: (enter after each line)


md windows
cd windows
md options
cd options
md cabs
cd cabs
copy e:\win95

Where e: is you CD-ROM and win95 is the directory on the CD


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cool thanks for all the help
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