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January 10, 2013 7:43:38 PM

Hi,
I am on Windows 7 Ultimate and I’d like to use an old software made for Windows 95, for which there is no updated version, so I thought to use VMWare and then install Windows 95 through it.
My VMWare version is Workstation 9.0.1.lite, which, from what I understand, has the VM Tools package already integrated to it.
I took care to insert the Windows 95 CD with the virtual machine OFF and then power it ON to install, as directed in the instructions , but unfortunately, VMWare seems to be unable to connect to the CD Rom drive containing the Windows 95 installation CD, because there is a sort of DOS command prompt in the main window telling me that NO OS has been found,
I know that the old Windows 95 required running a boot floppy diskette prior to installing the CD and this, I thought, might be part of the problem. Since I don’t have a floppy drive in my computer, I put the content of the boot diskette on a CD and ran it in VM Ware before inserting the Windows 95 CD. This didn’t work either, so, as a last resort, I converted both CD’s into an ISO image, as suggested by the VM Ware instructions, but it still doesn’t work. Incidentally, the VM Ware can’t even install an OS as recent as Windows XP, which does have the boot disk issue, since everything is integrated in the installation CD, so I think the problem is somewhere else.
Can anybody help, please?
Thank you
Ittiandro

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January 10, 2013 8:28:54 PM

Maybe try VirtualBox?
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January 10, 2013 9:17:55 PM

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Incidentally, the VM Ware can’t even install an OS as recent as Windows XP, which does have the boot disk issue, since everything is integrated in the installation CD, so I think the problem is somewhere else.
What do you mean? I've installed Windows XP several times and I never had an issue. It worked fine when installing either from an ISO image or from the CD.

To install Windows 95, you first need to install DOS and that requires a floppy or a floppy image. Once DOS is running, then you should be able to launch the Windows 95 installation from the VM.

No virtualization solution allows the installation of an OS (Windows 95 isn't really an OS) from a non-bootable CD.

Edit: This may help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY9at0cR-OE http://communities.vmware.com/message/476734
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January 13, 2013 4:08:37 PM

GhislainG said:
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To install Windows 95, you first need to install DOS and that requires a floppy or a floppy image. Once DOS is running, then you should be able to launch the Windows 95 installation from the VM.


Edit: This may help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY9at0cR-OE http://communities.vmware.com/message/476734
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Thank you for your help'


I have successfully installed the MS-DOS .ISO file, however I get stuck in the transition to the OS .iso file installation .

The site you directed me to tells me to perform three operations after finishing thr MS-DOS loading, namely:
1. Click inside the VM machine to disrupt booting
2.Click ESC and Reselect CD-ROM as boot device
3.Reboot with CTRL+ALT+INS

I can't go anywhere. I suppose at some point I should be able to select the new path for the OS .iso file installation , but how do I get to reselect the CD-ROM as a boot device, in the first place ? Are the above 1,2,3 operations in the right sequence? Is each of them a separate step, or are some of them to be done by clicking together?

Am I supposed to stay in the same virtual MS-DOS machine or do I have to create another virtual machine for the OS installation? Anyway, I tried to do this, but it doesn't work.

Can you please help me

Thanks

Ittiandro
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January 13, 2013 4:20:12 PM

Are you following this procedure to install MSDOS 6.22?

1. Setup VM to boot from the MSDOS CD/Floppy/ISO.
2. After the machine as booted exit the setup program (F3).
3. Type fdisk and create a partition and make it active.
4. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
5. After the machine as booted exit the setup program (F3).
6. Type format c: /q /s
7. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
8. The setup program will now allow you to install MSDOS.
9. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
10. Select option 2 to install the CDRom drivers.

You can now boot MSDOS from the harddisk.

Once the CDRom drivers are installed, you'll be able to install Windows 95 from an ISO file (presuming that's where you have it).
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January 13, 2013 6:31:57 PM

GhislainG said:
Are you following this procedure to install MSDOS 6.22?

1. Setup VM to boot from the MSDOS CD/Floppy/ISO.
2. After the machine as booted exit the setup program (F3).
3. Type fdisk and create a partition and make it active.
4. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
5. After the machine as booted exit the setup program (F3).
6. Type format c: /q /s
7. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
8. The setup program will now allow you to install MSDOS.
9. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
10. Select option 2 to install the CDRom drivers.

You can now boot MSDOS from the harddisk.

Once the CDRom drivers are installed, you'll be able to install Windows 95 from an ISO file (presuming that's where you have it).




Thank you so much!

I believe I had already done steps 1,2,3, but I was unable to go past step 3.
One thing I can’t understand is step 2 and 5 : exiting SETUP PROGRAM? Key F3 ? Nothing happens at step 2 when I press F3..
On the positive side, though, now for the first time at the end of the fdisk process I get a message saying that the computer will restart, but nothing happens..So may be there is something I had missed (as well as something I am missing again now.).

Anyway, to summarize, here’s what I had done in the VM Ware setup:
1.Created a NEW virtual Machine called MS-DOS 6.22
2.Selected “ INSTALLER DISC IMAGE ( ISO)” and selected path for MS_DOS boot file image
3.Got message: “Could not detect which OS is in this disc image.” Shouldn't the MS-DOS ISO file indicate that it is for Win 95? Is this perhaps the problem?
4.Selected OTHER ( MS-DOS) as GUEST OS
5.Selected default max. disc size 2:0 GB, “ Split virtual disc” option
6.POWERed ON

I understand that REBOOTING is done with CTRL+ALT+INS. I was a bit confused, though, because in the VMWare menu , under FILE,there is a caption” RESET “ and another” RESTART GUEST “. Are they all the same as rebooting?

Thank you for guiding ne through. I am sure I am out of the thicket yet, though !


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January 13, 2013 7:17:59 PM

At step 3, you won't see the menu if the ISO image is corrupt. Windows 95 is not an installable OS like Windows 2000 or XP. You need to install DOS, load the CDROM drivers and then launch the setup program from a real CDROM, not a Windows 95 ISO file. Your DOS ISO image may not be correct; did you open it to see what files are included? You may want to download a different ISO and then try another install from it.

Restarting the guest will reboot it.
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January 13, 2013 9:00:10 PM

GhislainG said:
At step 3, you won't see the menu if the ISO image is corrupt. Your DOS ISO image may not be correct; did you open it to see what files are included? You may want to download a different ISO and then try another install from it.

Restarting the guest will reboot it.


Hi!

I don’t know what menu you refer to. I do have a window containing a menu with 3 options
1. Installer disc ( physical drive)
2. Installer disc image
3. I will install the OS later

I have checked box 2 and typed in the path for the MS-DOS image file.
Just below, however, there is a yellow warning triangle with an exclamation mark
“ Could not detect which OS is in this disc image.You will need to specify which OS will be installed.”
As mentioned, I have also tried to check the 3rd box, but it still does not work.

Do you still think my DOS ISO image may be corrupt? I looked at the contents. There are a lot of files listed. If my DOS image file was corrupt, I wouldn't be able to open it, would I? Or may be I am wrong.

Thank you again







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January 13, 2013 10:20:33 PM

Once DOS is installed and booted, a menu will be available. Press F3 as per the instructions. You have installed DOS 6.22, Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 before? It's just more complex when using a VM.
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January 13, 2013 11:39:59 PM

GhislainG said:
Once DOS is installed and booted, a menu will be available. Press F3 as per the instructions. You have installed DOS 6.22, Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 before? It's just more complex when using a VM.


Hi!

Yes I have installed a LOT of OS before, except I am a bit lost with VMWare.
Again, I don't seem to see any other menu beside the one with the 3 options I mentioned and I don't know at what point I should press F3.

Anyway, I downloaded another ISO boot file and this one brings me one step further. May be the other was corrupt, after all : after completing the fdisk process, I press ESC and I do get this time to another active command screen starting with with A:\>_________. I can type on this. So I inserted the win95 install CD and followed the VM Ware instructions at the site:

http://www.vmware.com/support/esx2/guests/doc/guestos_w...

by continuing to type in:

FORMAT c: /s.
Dead end: it says”Wrong drive specification” .

The next step, according to their instructions, would have been to start the Win95 installation proper by typing D:\Win95\setup /is.
May be I have to put in a different HD letter, but I don’t know which one and I do not want to format my current HOST drive by trying other letters. It would be tragic!
By the way I tried to ask the VMWare Forum, but I didn't get much feedback after an initial dismissory few lines which didn't really help and they never got back.

I have to commend you for your availability and patience

Thanks again

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January 14, 2013 12:10:12 AM

After fdisk, you are at step 4. You are far from being ready to install WIndows 95 since DOS is not yet installed. Perform step 4, then 5, etc. You can install Windows 95 only after step 10 has been completed.
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January 14, 2013 1:25:20 AM

GhislainG said:
After fdisk, you are at step 4. You are far from being ready to install WIndows 95 since DOS is not yet installed. Perform step 4, then 5, etc. You can install Windows 95 only after step 10 has been completed.



I thought the MS-DOS had been installed after completing FDISK (Step 3 )!
So, now I have to start step 4, right?
Anyway, after finishing fdisk, I get a prompt:
you must restart your system for your changes to take effect. Any drives you have created or changed must be formatted after restart. Shut down Windows before restarting.
Press ESC to exit fdisk”

By pressing ESC I get to the command prompt starting with A:\>____________ as described before, where I could continue typing commands. But I don’t know what to type in here.. I guess I have first to shut down Windows and then restart, as instructed..
But here is the whole point: what does it mean " Shut down Windows" and how do I do it?And how do I RESTART? I know how to restart the Host system, i.e.my computer, of course! But here we are in VMWare, a different environment and don’t know!

It would help me greatly if you could answer to the above questioning point by point.

Thanks

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January 14, 2013 2:03:15 AM

If you created the partition and made it active, the next step is to reboot the VM (step 4) and continue from there. DOS is installed at step 6.
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January 15, 2013 8:28:09 PM

GhislainG said:
If you created the partition and made it active, the next step is to reboot the VM (step 4) and continue from there. DOS is installed at step 6.



Hi!

I simply can’t resume at step 4 : I reboot by pressing RESTART GUEST in the menu bar under FILE. When it comes back it says : Missing Operating system and I can’t type anything in. Pressing F3 does not seem to do anything
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January 15, 2013 11:16:27 PM

At step 4 it boots from the ISO image that was used to boot at step 1. How come that image no longer is available?

Explain exactly what you did at step 3.
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January 16, 2013 6:18:13 PM

GhislainG said:
At step 4 it boots from the ISO image that was used to boot at step 1. How come that image no longer is available?

Explain exactly what you did at step 3.



Step 3 was FDISK. Pretty much straight forward. All I did was to follow the 3 steps( numbered 1,1,1 respectively), after which I was led to the format C: stage.
Incidentally I had overlooked at first the BIOS boot priority settings. In fact, the H.D. was wrongly set as 1st boot priority. When I put it as last priority, then I was able to proceed to the format stage. May be the problem could also be with the MS-DOS image file?
To wrap it up again, when I reboot, I am prompted to type in the date and time, after which I get to c:\> . This is where I am stuck. I am unable to switch to A:\ or D:\ . I get a message: "not ready to read drive a:" or" bad command" ..

Thanks
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January 16, 2013 7:00:14 PM

What's in C:? Installing from a floppy would be much simpler.
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January 16, 2013 7:07:43 PM

GhislainG said:
What's in C:? Installing from a floppy would be much simpler.


Hi!
C:\dir shows 1 file 54.645 bytes 6:22a

Incidentally, I found that the virtual floppy was disconnected in the settings. After reconnecting, I am now able to get from c:\> to A:\> but I don't know what to type in.
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January 16, 2013 9:29:22 PM

Has step 6 been performed?
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January 16, 2013 9:46:00 PM

GhislainG said:
Has step 6 been performed?



Yes, as mentioned earlier, I have been able to FORMAT C:, after doing fdisk.
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January 16, 2013 11:07:46 PM

Did you type INSTALL at step 8?
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January 17, 2013 1:54:22 PM

GhislainG said:
Did you type INSTALL at step 8?



Yes, I have typed INSTALL at step 8. More precisely, I do this when I am at the C:\>__________prompt, but I get a “ bad command” warning. Same thing if I swirch to A:\>. There is no other active drive letters to play with, except a B drive letter, which responds saying “ insert diskette in drive B”. I don't know what it is.

To wrap up, currently, I have the Windows 95 Installation CD in the physical CD-Rom drive and the MS-DOS boot disc in the virtual drive.

In the settings, I have checked the box “ physical drive” for the CD-ROM drive and ” use IMAGE ISO file” for the floppy drive .The path to the ISO file is shown, both drives are connected and the BIOS is configured correctly.
Once again, the fdisk and format :c processes have been done.
Incidentally, I am now using another MS-DOS boot disc( ISO) instead of the previous MS-DOS 6.22, because I found that for some reasons the MS-DOS 6.22 ISO file had become empty.
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January 17, 2013 9:39:46 PM

I got it ! there were two glitches:

1. The OS Installation CD ISO files were stored in two different locations in my HD.
I thought the CD's were identical, but for some reasons they were not. The good one is Win95OSR2.5. I don't know what difference the OSR 2.5 makes, but when I gave its path in the VMWare settings, the setup kicked in right away!

2. The setup kicked in by using the drive letter R:\ ( A:\> R:\Win95\Setup /IS)
I don't understand why the letter R , but I got a hint somewhere in the Internet and it worked.

I am however back at square 1, because now the setup asks for an ID number ( certificate of authenticity) and I don't have one. I have thrown away my old Win 95 CD with the s/n ( legitimately purchased ! ).
I have gotten a list of serials for Win 95 off the Internet, but they don't work. The sequences and the format of these keys don't seem to fit the case where they should be put in. They are ten digit number separated as xxx-xxxxxxx, but the setup requires three separated groups, probably more than 10 digits. I think I have to give up!

Thanks a lot for your help!

Ittiandro
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January 17, 2013 10:36:35 PM

1. Download the Win95b_bootdisk.iso file from http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/iso.html
2. Create a new VM and configure it for Windows 95
3. Enter the BIOS and set the boot sequence to CDRom, HD, Floppy (this seems to be the default)
4. Connect the CD to the Windows 95 ISO image
5. Startup the VM
6. After the VM starts, you will end up with an A: drive, wich is actually the CD with the Windows 95 ISO image
7. Execute FDISK and create a primary DOS partition with the full size of the disk
8. Restart the VM. At the A: prompt execute FORMAT C: /S
9. Execute these commands:
C:
MD MSDOS
COPY A:\*.* .\MSDOS /v
COPY A:\CONFIG.SYS
COPY A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT
COPY A:\HIMEM.SYS
COPY A:\CD1.SYS
10. Unmount the CD and restart the VM
11. Mount the CD or ISO containing the Windows 95 installation (you may have to unmount the Win95b_bootdisk.iso again)
12. Type SETUP to install Windows 95.

In a nutshell, that's what I just did and I have Windows 95 running on VMware server 2.0, but I'll never use it as I definitely prefer newer operating systems.

Edit: I used a legit copy of Windows 95.
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January 17, 2013 10:46:57 PM

Glad you got it figured out. I was reading this thinking they must have confused win3.11 with win95 to be having you install DOS.
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January 17, 2013 11:05:08 PM

You have to install DOS because the Windows 95 installation CD is not bootable. Once DOS is installed and the CDRom drivers are loaded, then Windows 95 can be installed and it completely replaces DOS.
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January 17, 2013 11:22:35 PM

You are wrong.
The only reason you need the floppy to install win95 is because the disk isn't bootable and so the pc cant access the drives. The floppy basically contains the boot files, several cd drivers, and about a dozen utilities, iirc. thats it. I've installed win95 thousands of times and I always used a bootable hdd to do it. Its way faster than a cd drive. Win95 will install a version of dos 7.
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January 17, 2013 11:36:47 PM

popatim said:
You are wrong.
The only reason you need the floppy to install win95 is because the disk isn't bootable and so the pc cant access the drives. The floppy basically contains the boot files, several cd drivers, and about a dozen utilities, iirc. thats it. I've installed win95 thousands of times and I always used a bootable hdd to do it. Its way faster than a cd drive. Win95 will install a version of dos 7.

Installing DOS makes the VM bootable. Then the Windows 95 installation replaces it even though Windows 95 DOS version is already installed. Why would one copy the installation to a hard disk to create a single VM? That doesn't make much sense to me. The goal was to create a Win 95 VM and that isn't as straightforward as installing it on a physical system. I'm sure the OP knew how to install it on a PC.
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January 17, 2013 11:50:23 PM

GhislainG said:
1. Download the Win95b_bootdisk.iso file from http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/iso.html
2. Create a new VM and configure it for Windows 95
3. Enter the BIOS and set the boot sequence to CDRom, HD, Floppy (this seems to be the default)
4. Connect the CD to the Windows 95 ISO image
5. Startup the VM
6. After the VM starts, you will end up with an A: drive, wich is actually the CD with the Windows 95 ISO image
7. Execute FDISK and create a primary DOS partition with the full size of the disk
8. Restart the VM. At the A: prompt execute FORMAT C: /S
9. Execute these commands:
C:
MD MSDOS
COPY A:\*.* .\MSDOS /v
COPY A:\CONFIG.SYS
COPY A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT
COPY A:\HIMEM.SYS
COPY A:\CD1.SYS
10. Unmount the CD and restart the VM
11. Mount the CD or ISO containing the Windows 95 installation (you may have to unmount the Win95b_bootdisk.iso again)
12. Type SETUP to install Windows 95.

In a nutshell, that's what I just did and I have Windows 95 running on VMware server 2.0, but I'll never use it as I definitely prefer newer operating systems.

Edit: I used a legit copy of Windows 95.



Hi!

I have finally found a Win95 certificate of authenticity code and now Win 95 is setup and installed beautifully, or almost. In fact, right after the Windows 95 logo pops I get an error message " windows protection error" and I can't continue. It works on Safe mode, though.
I have decreased the RAM to about 250 MB, as somebody suggested in this forum, but it does not work.
Perhaps I should disable Hardware Virtualization, but I don't know how.

Thanks
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January 17, 2013 11:54:20 PM

its quite obvious you are wrong because he didn't install dos and I never have either. All you need to do is make the vm drive bootable and able to read the cd drive exactly as he explains. Installing dos 6.x is only to turn around and install dos7/win95 is a useless waste of time. Why can't you see that?
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January 18, 2013 1:32:00 AM

Provide a procedure that works with VMware and I'll test it. The procedure has to work when no floppy or CDROM is available, i.e., the installation is done from ISO files.

Edit: Read the whole thread and you'll realize that he had DOS installed and the CDROM was drive R: (same as my installation).
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January 18, 2013 8:42:06 AM

GhislainG said:
Provide a procedure that works with VMware and I'll test it. The procedure has to work when no floppy or CDROM is available, i.e., the installation is done from ISO files.

Edit: Read the whole thread and you'll realize that he had DOS installed and the CDROM was drive R: (same as my installation).



1. What do you mean by " provide a procedure"? Can you be more explicit?

2. Also, how can I install a Cd-Rom drive in Win 95 VMWare? I show none in My Computer, not even removable drives. Is it because I am on Safe Mode?

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January 18, 2013 11:29:45 AM

ittiandro said:
1. What do you mean by " provide a procedure"? Can you be more explicit?

2. Also, how can I install a Cd-Rom drive in Win 95 VMWare? I show none in My Computer, not even removable drives. Is it because I am on Safe Mode?

1. I was replying to popatim who wrote that the procedure you used is not correct and that you didn't install DOS in order to install Windows 95.

2. Does your VM include a CD/DVD drive in it's configuration? Does it use the correct media? Are the cdrom drivers loaded in Config.dos? Does Autoexec.dos contain a line like "MSCDEX.EXE /D:banana /L:R"?

R: is the assigned CD/DVD drive letter (as it was in the DOS image), but that can be changed in Autoexec.dos.
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January 25, 2013 2:13:10 AM

GhislainG said:
1. I was replying to popatim who wrote that the procedure you used is not correct and that you didn't install DOS in order to install Windows 95.

2. Does your VM include a CD/DVD drive in it's configuration? Does it use the correct media? Are the cdrom drivers loaded in Config.dos? Does Autoexec.dos contain a line like "MSCDEX.EXE /D:banana /L:R"?

R: is the assigned CD/DVD drive letter (as it was in the DOS image), but that can be changed in Autoexec.dos.



Ghislain,

Yes, my VM includes a CD/DVD drive. I tried both the physical and the virtual configuration, to no avail.

By " correct media" do you mean the Ms-Dos boot disc and the OS installation CD's? If so, yes, I have the correct Cd's.

How do I know if the cdrom drivers are loaded in Config.dos? Where is it located?

No I don't see anything like "MSCDEX.EXE /D:banana /L:R"? on the screen and I don't know where Autoexec.dos is.

Thank you
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January 25, 2013 2:34:59 AM

Did you use the file and procedure that I suggested on 01-17-2013 at 07:36:35 PM? That's what I did and it works perfectly.

Config.dos is in the root folder once Windows 95 is installed.
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January 28, 2013 11:29:45 PM

GhislainG said:
Did you use the file and procedure that I suggested on 01-17-2013 at 07:36:35 PM? That's what I did and it works perfectly.

Config.dos is in the root folder once Windows 95 is installed.



Thanks

Just to let you know that I was finally able to install Win 95 in VMware by using the physical CD-Rom drive for both the Ms-Dos boot and the OS setup. It went in like a charm .I just removed the Ms-Dos CD once completed the fdisk and format c: stages and replaced it with the Windows installation disc For reasons which elude me, VMware wouldn't allow installation either from image files or from a USB flash drive , even though the BIOS was setup correctly and the Ms-Dos files on the USB stick were exactly the same as those on the CD ( which works).

I still have some fine tuning to do, though, withe the display settings.
I installed VM ware Tools, but there are a number of files ( driver files, I suppose), which I am prompted to install from drive c:\ but which cannot be found and I am given the option to skip them. They are about ten files or so..
The system does not seem to be affected by skipping those files, but every time VMware reboots, they reappear as missing files and I have to scroll down with the "enter" key in order to enter into Windows 95. I wonder what these missing files are all about and how can they be installed.

Ittiandro
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January 29, 2013 1:32:33 AM

Can you provide the name of a few missing files?
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January 29, 2013 1:41:23 PM

GhislainG said:
Can you provide the name of a few missing files?


The missing files are:
Vnetsup.vxd
nwlink.vxd
nwredir.vxd
nscl.vxd
vredir.vxd
vnetbios.vxd
ndis2sup.vxd
ndis.vxd
Every missing file is preceded by the following caption:
“The windows registry or system.ini refers to this device file but the device file no longer exists.
..Try uninstalling the associated application…or try reinstalling the application to replace the missing file
Press any key to continue.

Thank you for your help
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January 30, 2013 1:08:52 PM

GhislainG said:
If there are no issues with those missing network driver files, you could get rid of the warnings by using the procedure suggested here: http://www.winbookcorp.com/_technote/WBTA12000481.htm


Understood. I have one more question, though. I have two computers: a recent one with a n Intel microchip and an alder one ( Dell) with an AMD-64. My Windows 95 apllication works perfectly with VMware on the Intel computer, but it is flawed on the AMD-64 computer. While on the Intel computer I am able to read the full text display of various literary works, with various features ( scroll up and down, go back or forward, ESC) on the AMD 64 the text display is incomplete and I lost all the control features.In short I can't use the application to the fullest. No big deal, since I have the other computer, but I wonder why. Is it because of an incompatibility between AMD and VMWare?

Thanks

Ittiandro
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January 30, 2013 6:34:51 PM

VMware is compatible with AMD, but was the VM on the AMD built on that system or on the Intel?
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January 30, 2013 10:01:02 PM

GhislainG said:
VMware is compatible with AMD, but was the VM on the AMD built on that system or on the Intel?


No, I installed VMware on the Intel computer, then I removed the HD, connected it to the AMD computer, I made a drive image of it and I restored the image to the " native" HD of the AMD computer. May be this the problem!
I'll try to reinstall VMware directly on the AMD computer and see if i works. I'll let you know!

Thanks
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January 31, 2013 2:55:38 PM

This is a follow up. I have reinstalled VMware on the AMD computer and it works, finally!
I still have, however, a problem with the display SVGA driver.

After selecting “ Have disk”, I enter Step 5 of the SVGA driver installation . Here I click O.K. on “ C:\Program Files\VMware \Vmware tools\Drivers\Video” to install the driver. The driver shows under the name "framebuf.drv.win95_06.cab" in the left pane and I get a message that this name is not valid when I click O.K..
Strangely, if I search drive C:\ directly from My Computer on the Win 95 desktop, the driver in the VIDEO folder has a different name: vmx_svga. Its Dos name in PROPERTIES is VMX_SVGA.inf. Why does it show as framebuf.drv.win95_06.cab when I do the manual installation?

Thanks for your help
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January 31, 2013 9:17:20 PM

I don't know because I didn't bother to install the VMware tools. Can you install from the C: drive?
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June 9, 2013 12:00:58 PM

I'm glad this is a fairly recent thread, so I can still ask a related question.

After other issues, I was basically following these steps using a Win95 BootableCD ISO Image. I was able to create the VM, boot it off the ISO, I ran FDISK and created the primary Partition. It said I had to reboot, as your instructions also show, but when I reboot, it must not be using the bootable ISO any more. I get the message "Missing Operating System".

So I'm stuck here. The settings indicate the VM should still be booting off the CD ISO. But it won't boot up. So I can't format the C drive, and therefore can't install Windows 95.

What am I missing??


GhislainG said:
Are you following this procedure to install MSDOS 6.22?

1. Setup VM to boot from the MSDOS CD/Floppy/ISO.
2. After the machine as booted exit the setup program (F3).
3. Type fdisk and create a partition and make it active.
4. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
5. After the machine as booted exit the setup program (F3).
6. Type format c: /q /s
7. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
8. The setup program will now allow you to install MSDOS.
9. Reboot again with the CD/Floppy/ISO.
10. Select option 2 to install the CDRom drivers.

You can now boot MSDOS from the harddisk.

Once the CDRom drivers are installed, you'll be able to install Windows 95 from an ISO file (presuming that's where you have it).


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June 9, 2013 12:17:39 PM

Why would you install Windows 95?

At step 3, did you make the partition active?

I haven't done it since January 13th, but steps 4, 7 and 9 probably require the console to be open in order to select "Boot from CD". Did you open the console before rebooting the VM? If not, the VM tries to boot from the virtual disk that won't have an OS until step 10 has been completed.
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June 9, 2013 7:08:16 PM

I thought I made the partition active. I'll have to start over with a new VM and make sure I make the partition active.

As to why Win95? Its for a friend who wants to play an old game. It will not load on Win7, Vista, XP, etc. Online forums for the game say it will only run on Win95. So they are going the VM route before buying someone's old Win95 laptop.

Thanks for the suggestion.


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Why would you install Windows 95?

At step 3, did you make the partition active?

I haven't done it since January 13th, but steps 4, 7 and 9 probably require the console to be open in order to select "Boot from CD". Did you open the console before rebooting the VM? If not, the VM tries to boot from the virtual disk that won't have an OS until step 10 has been completed.


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