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Accidentally deleted all .EXE files (except EXPLORER.EXE) from C:\WINDOWS directory.  Since done from a DOS prompt, no deleted files got sent to Recycle Bin.  Reinstalled Win 95 but received error message that does not seem to cause any complications:  

"WINDOWS HELP   There is not enough memory available for this task.  Quit one or more programs to increase available memory and then try again."

All programs in STARTUP was removed and Win 95 files such as SYSTEM.INI and WIN.INI checked for any programs being loaded but found none.
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by:CARLOS
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From within windows...click on start then run...and type 'sysedit' return.

select the config.sys file

and place the follow line within.

device=c:\windows\command\himem.sys

then at the top left of the sysedit box select file then save..

close all boxes..

shutdown and reboot windows..

try that..

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ElmerFud earned 150 total points
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DrRichard,

I've reinstalled Windows 95 well over 150 times (on different machines).

It's always a good idea to completely remove the Windows folder before reinstalling.

This is what I do.  While in Windows 95, I copy the win95 folder from the cdrom and place it in the c drive.  (This comes in handy so you don't need cdrom access in DOS mode.)  I go to dos mode and copy c:\windows\command\deltree.exe to c:\ (this prevents me from accidently deleting deltree.exe)

I then do the following from the c prompt:

deltree windows

This will delete the windows directory all together.  It's also fairly safe to do since people rarely save documents in the Windows directory.  This may take a long time (maybe up to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files you have in the windows directory)

It's also a good idea to remove the "Program Files" directory.  This however may not be so safe.  Many windows applications reside in the Program files directory.  Also many applications may save documents there.  You will want to backup these files documents before you do this.  You will also want to make sure that you have all of the installation disks for your applications (you will have to reinstall these anyway).  To delete this directory do this from the c prompt:

deltree progra~1

This may also take a long time to remove.  You do not have to remove the program files folder, windows will install just fine, but I strongly suggest it.

next move to the win95 directory that you copied from your cdrom:

cd win95

next run the setup program:

setup

After that, just point and click your way through the setup.

When this is all done, you will have to locate all the drivers for you hardware.

Also, if you installing from an "upgrade" cdrom of Windows 95 (as I think you are), you will need the installation disk from of the Windows 3.1.  When setup asks for the location of the product to upgrade from, simply put in the disk and browse to the floppy drive.

A fresh install always feels really good.  I'm sure it will solve your memory problems.
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by:ElmerFud
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also, be sure that you delete the contents of you config.sys file and you autoexec.bat files before you run setup.  Windows 95 is not dependant on anything in these files.  It automatically loads himem.sys and some other core components.
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