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Windows 95 Installation Error SU99404

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I am receiving the above error message while re-installing Windows 95, and the information it gives me is the following:  UpdateCfgSys= Or UpdateAutoBat=processing error [0x194].  This happens at the point where setup is copying files.  It just starts that proedure when the error pops up.  I am trying to help my daughter who some how got the idea she knew something about computers, actually she doesn't know a byte from a bite, but she decided to compress her 1GB hard drive following directions from a book.  After that she claims that on boot up a message appeared saying that command.com isfhelp.sys and himem.sys were missing or corrupted.  We picked up the computer and I decided to go ahead and reinstall.  Seemed simple enough.  The Autoexec.bat and config.sys files are scary.  Stuff in there that I have never seen before.  I would have liked to format and start all over but can't format a compressed disk.  Tried using Fdisk to delete the Dos partition and then replace, but it says there are no partitions to delete.  So all this is beyond me and I could sure use some help.  I will increase the points accordingly if this is a real doozy.
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FDISK says there is no partitions?

Run Scandisk from the bootdisk and select scan surface too.

Lets make sure it is OK and not failing on you.
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On the machine, are you using a drive overlay software.  

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When you first boot the screen, what do you see, "hit ctrl c to boot to disk" or something like that.
These files belong to the .inf file within win95.

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Need more input from user.  :-)
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Glenn
good thinking


Since the HD is already hosed, boot to a bootdisk and at the prompt type "fdisk MBR" and hit enter
then reboot and run fdisk and see if you can now see any partitions, DOS or non DOS

If so then remove all partitions, reboot and run fdisk again, now create the partition and make it active
reboot and then format it.
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Listening! :>)
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and thats why Ray gets the big bucks :>)good call
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Good call Ray.

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Great work Ray! :>)
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Wooohooo Ray!  Great work.  :-)
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