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Win95 upgrade from missing win 3.1 disks

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I got a new hard drive and wanted to load my windows 95 software onto the new drive. The install will not complete because I need to have the windows 3.1 setup disk (that I got rid of not knowing that I would ever need it) in order for the installation to continue. This is a win 95 upgrade intall. I have a win95 complete software but it is on a cd and I do not have the cd drive working on this computer yet, I wanted to have the win95 program recognize and configure it. Is there anyway I can continue the installation to a point to be able to use the cd to complete the win95 install?
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by:joed
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goto www.bootdisk.com. You can download and create a bootdisk that gives you acces to your cdrom. Then you can use you full install version.
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by:kayton
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Or get a friend who has win3.1 to copy a few files onto a floppy for you.  I forget exactly which ones it wants, but try win.com and win.ini.  Making a fake file called win.com or win.ini might fake out the install program.  

Does anyone remember which files it searches for?
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by:November
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I made a win3.1 disk to fake out the install and it does take me further into the install.  Now it asks for the win95 disk #3 and when I put that disk back in, I get a message indicating that the drive door is not closed or that it does not recognize the disk as being disk 3.  What do I do to get past this obstacle?
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by:compmania
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The file is mscopy.cab if I remember correctly.
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by:joed
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You will need more than disk3. I think if I remember it will ask for the first 4 or maybe 5 disks.
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by:trekie1
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slave the old HD to the new one or put in comp as secondary master ,then the install should accept the old system on old HD as upgrade compliance ( I think )
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rayt333 earned 100 total points
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Go to this site and see if it will help you with what you want.

http://www.fastlanecomputers.com/disk.html

it has a bootdisk, a disk with the files to fool the upgrade and even has the CD-Rom drivers, this will make a set of three disks, it would be a good idea to print the instruction out so you can follow them to the letter, but it should help you out.
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by:TheComputerMaster
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I have not tried this with a windows 95 instalation, but it might work. On winidows 98, boot the computer with a windows 98 boot disk and it will install the windows 98 fully without prompting for the antiquated 3.1 disks. You might want to try it with a windows 95 boot disk.
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by:kayton
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Win95A needs the Win3.x disks.  Win95B and win95C and Win98 do not need these disks.  Just install a different version.  The A version doesn't work as well as the later versions do.  The A version says "windows 95 upgrade" on the CD.  The B version says "windows 95" and the C version says "USB supplement" on the CD.
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by:November
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Awesome!
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