[thelist] Re: Halp!!! W95 Full or a clue?

Michael Harrington mike0351 at bellsouth.net
Tue Jul 20 00:39:25 CDT 2004

If you are going to put a different version of Windows on it that what is
installed now, boot up with you Windows CD or floppy disk to the "C:>" command
prompt. Rename the folder "Windows" to "ZWindows". To do this, type "ren windows
zwindows" but not the quote marks.

Now type "cd zwindows"; Now type "ren windows.com zwindows.com"

When Windows 95 or 98 does an installation it goes and looks in all folders for
"windows.com". If it finds it, it gives you an error if the versions are
different. If the installation program cannot find, "windows.com", it proceeds to
install Windows. You will not lose any documents. You will have to install
drivers and programs though.

I have done this many times so I know it works.

thelist-request at lists.evolt.org wrote:

> Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 17:29:40 -0700
> From: Allen Schaaf <techwriter at sound-by-design.com>
> To: "thelist at lists.evolt.org" <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
> Subject: [thelist] Halp!!! W95 Full or a clue?
> Message: 4
> I'm old enough to know better but..., I'm trying to do a favor for one of
> the Rec Directors at Potrero Hill Rec Center in San Francisco.
> He has a licence for Win98 first edition and I have a spare Win98SE to give
> him. But I can't use it because it won't let me use a full install, only an
> upgrade disc.
> Does anyone have an old Win98SE Upgrade disk floating around to do this with?
> Or, alternatively, do you know what file I have to re-name to make it work?
> I re-named both system.dat and user.dat but that was not it. Or what file
> should I point it to to make it work? Clues?
> And I may be in even deeper doo-doo because it can not find the install
> files to tell it that it was a legit W98 first or W95 to do a re-install of
> the W98 first edition. Now I just get a "kernel error" and it powers off. I
> still have an old W95 disk somewhere as I can find the CD case, but not the
> disk!
> I'm trying my d$%^est to not do a wipe disk as he has a lot of stuff he
> does not know where the original disks are.
> Yea, I know, get the guy to move to a decent platform, but he is set in his
> ways and only uses it to run the ProAm basketball site with FrontPage,
> Pagemaker, Word Perfect, etc. All versions at least six years old.
> If it is around San Francisco Bay Area, I'll pick up a disk or you can zip
> up the whole thing and e-mail it. (I know - crazy, but my mailbox is
> huuuge.) Or place it on a web page and let me know where it is so I can use
> fake FTP to download it.
> He runs a good program. You can look at it at:
> http://www.sfprocity.com/
> Thanks a bunch,
> Allen Schaaf

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