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03-21-2004, 03:49 PM
hi i've got windows 95 version i need a boot disk as i lost mine. is there anywhere i can download it from.
tried bootdisk.com but there are two versions there not too sure which one i need.

Paul Komski
03-21-2004, 06:31 PM
If you have access to a pc running win98 or winme you can easily produce a windows startup diskette from Add/Remove Programs which will have CDROM support - unlike the one from Win95 onto which you must configure the CD drivers.

03-21-2004, 06:39 PM
Seen that you went to http://www.bootdisk.com/

You can download both 95A and 95B versions.
If one doesn't work, the other might. :)

03-21-2004, 09:56 PM
If you have win95, you can make one w/o cdrom support but you can make a native one.
Rt click on My computer, properties, I think it's the second tab. It's late and I'm too tired to go down to my office and look at my Win95 PC as I'm on 2k now. Anyway there is an option to create a startp disk.

03-22-2004, 06:38 AM


Paleo Pete
03-22-2004, 07:49 AM
That's Windows 95A. Here (http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q158/2/38.asp) is a list of version numbers.

Any Windows 95 or 98 start up disk will work, all of them boot the computer to a DOS prompt, the only difference is the Win98 disk has CD ROM support. For that matter a DOS boot disk will do the same job, but again without CD ROM...

Paul Komski
03-22-2004, 04:15 PM
There are two main areas of relevance when choosing a boot diskette for the DOS-based OSes Win95/98/ME. CDROM support is one and what types of partitions and partition boot sectors can be created when fdisking and formatting is the other.

If the diskette is just for running the windows setup, then all should function OK as long as the setup.exe file can be seen and executed. This should never be a problem if the setup files have first been copied to the HDD.

If CDROM support is required for setup then only the native startup diskettes prepared from Win98 or WinME (or any of the diskettes from bootdisk.com) will be able to start the CD and thereby initiate the installation. Note that from Win98 (some versions anyways) onwards that the CDROM itself may be bootable and not require setup to be initiated from a floppy diskette at all.

From Win95B (which uses DOS 7.10) onwards, FAT32 is supported and thus also large (>2GB) hdd support as well. Win95A (DOS 7.0) can only format FAT12/16 and so 2GB is the maximum partition size; (I think - LOL).

Some quite useful reading at http://www.kzin.com/bootsec/