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I have to install win98 on a win95 machine. I only have the full CD version of win98, but I seem to remember that you could use that to upgrade win95 if you rename win.com to something else.
However this does not seem to work now, it keeps telling me an operating system is installed that can not be upgraded. Anybody have any ideas how I can do this?
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by:war1
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patrickleysen,
   The only way I know is to rename win.com to win.old.  Is your symtac correct.  Do you write

ren C:\win.com win.old

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by:Dufo G. Belski
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Yes, you have to rename win.com to something else, like win.old, but the best way to do this is to boot from a boot disk (make one in Control Panel, Add\Remove Programs, Startup Disk, or download one from www.bootdisk.com.).  Boot from disk, at the A:>\ prompt type


ren C:\windows\win.com C:\windows\win.old

Then make sure your CD in in place and type E:\setup to install Win 98.  (If E doesn't work try D).
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by:Dufo G. Belski
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Brain cramp!  Is win.com in the root of C:, C:\Windows, or C:\Windows\System?  Verify its location before you procede.
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by:LucF
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No need for brain cramp asyscokid, you were right, it's in the c:\windows directory.

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by:rogue_phoenix
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try this:

Setup /NTLDR

from http://fp.computers.pcc.edu/pmcg/HTML/setup_switches.htm

Some OEMs put windows on a separate partition, and this switch might have more to do with that than what you're looking for. OTOH, it might be exactly what you need.

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by:patrickleysen
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After some more browsing and using bad language, I found the solution - now why didn't I look there first :-) - on the MS knowledge base. I had to go to DOS mode and rename de SETUPX.DLL file.
Problem solved, tnx all for the creative input
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by:war1
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patrick,
   Glad you found the solution. You may want to post a 0-point note in Community Support board with a link to this page to close this question and get your points back. Community Support board link is the CS tab at the top of the page.
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