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Installing Win 95 without SETUP

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I had to replace the hard disk of my machine and have an original recovery CD which doesn't work. I have license for Win 95 but without SETUP how do I reinstall Win 95? I have the CAB files on my new hard drive.
PS: I have the machine up and running in safe mode Win 95 from another recovery diskette.
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It would help to know exactly what make and model system you're trying to restore. Compaq, for example, needs a BOMID on the hard drive to enable the restore CD to run. Compaq is also insanely picky about how big the replacement drive is (they _really_ want you to buy a new system). Packard Bell has some weird requirements as well.

Some of the recovery CD's can be forced to work once you find what method they use to accomplish their task. The aforementioned Compaq, for example, in at least some of their Presario models uses a QuickRestore CD which is basically a great big .ZIP archive. It unzips the archive to the newly formatted hard drive and then uses the LFNBACK data stored in the archive to restore long filenames to the restored fileset during the last part of the process, run by PIPOST.BAT in the root directory of the new drive. Only, to use the CD in this fashion, you have too boot from a floppy that has the real mode CD driver on it, because the files you need for the forced manual restore aren't visible when you boot from the CD itself.

All this is pretty machine specific, which is why we'd like to know what kind of beast we're looking at.

On the other hand, do you really want all the shovelware and tryme-buyme garbage those recovery CD's invariably spew all over your hard drive?

Since you already have the CAB files, you might have one of the OEM releases that omits SETUP.EXE (or renames it, or hides it, or puts it onto a boot diskette you may have lost). SETUP.EXE can be had to get past this, but I don't think Microsoft wants us to talk about that. Anybody know whether we're allowed to tell?
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Look in the folder where the cab files are (usally Windows\Options\Cabs) and see if there is a "setup" file there, if so then run it from there to reinstall Windows.
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