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Win95 will not install because it is "companion disk"

jennypeery asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
And I already reformated the hard drive.  The boot disk worked!     Its a Old pent II pc.  I do have the serial number and I did pay for win 95 when I bought the computer.  How do I get this puppy running?
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Go to the cd probably d:\ and type setup and you should be up and running.

If your Win95 is on CD, you will need two files and two lines in your config.sys and autoexec.bat

files are:

MYCDROM.SYS  (the name is different0.....this is your cdrom driver. If you do not have it, find someone with a Win98 machine, and get the OAKCDROM.SYS file

MSCDEX.EXE .......... you probable do not have this one either, so on the same Win98 machine get it, then:

make a CONFIG.SYS file with this line in it:


make an AUTOEXEC.BAT file with this line in it:


then you should be able to boot your PC with CD support.


Not to interfere but a previous question was posted which got her the boot disk.  She is up and running with the boot disk.  She has posted an additional question after that.

Have a good day.

well now sonny............... hey glenn, hope all is well in your neck of the woods.......... back to subject at hand, wasn't aware of previous post, and my wife says I am not aware of my environment...aaaargh



Sorry I left some stuff out......

I have only the Win 95 companion disk, which doesn't have the setup file on it! or at least that's what im told.

I am able to view the directories of the cd now, but there is no set up .exe
the following files need to be gotten from another Win95 cd


if the files on your cd are dated 7/95, then you have Win95 osr1
if the files on your cd are dated 8/96, then you have Win95 osr2


these files will all fit on a floppy disk, I would create a directory on your C:\ place these files in it, along with the contents of the WIN95 folder on your CD-ROM, and run the setup from that folder.


The companion disk is just what it is. ( a companion :-).  It comes with the Win95 CD.  (You would have received two CDs).

Companion CD does not have Win95 in it.  You have to use the other CD, that contains the WIN95 setup program.  

Your Win95 CD to will have a "SETUP.EXE" file, and a "\WIN95" folder in it

Borrow a friends copy if possible, if that is out of the question then you may have to buy a new copy. Or upgrade to Win98 :>)
I beg to differ with my esteemed colleague, but the Windows 95 Companion disk does indeed have Windows95 on it. It is under the WIN95 directory, just like the full install, it does not include the above mentioned files.


type "dir D:\win95 /w" and check for the windows 95 installation cab files.

They should be in this directory. also, make sure your windows is an english version.


Im going to have to download those files from off the net.  I will try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ill let you know

follow this link : http://members.xoom.com/AlainLiviu/BootDisk.zip

there is a boot disk made by me, withch will allow you to install minimal Norton Commander and the cd-rom drivers. after that boot in dos mode and from the promter type d:\setup, if d is your cd-rom letter

tell me if it works


im sorry but i had to buy a copy of win98, nothing i tried worked.  but i will give you the points if you can tell me for sure if i install win98 over win95 will it erase all my apps and private files?

This one is on us!
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i got it up but now i need to network it to the other computer.  

it is hooked to the other computer by a black wire almost like a coaxil going into a card into each computer.  

I think i may be missing some drivers or something because it is not reading the other computer in the network.

and the other computer says it couldn't connect to computer1 when i turn it on.
how can i get these two going?

go to control panel > network and see if you have installed the client, the network adapter and the protocol.

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