Windows 95/98

Windows Support Menu


Windows 9X Setup

To Install/Reinstall Windows 95

If Windows has not been uninstalled, either format the drive or deltree the windows directory.

After Windows has been successfully deleted, place the CD Setup Boot Disk in Drive A:, and the Windows95 CD in your CD Rom Drive. Reboot the system.

If you created the Setup Boot Disk manually, as per the previous instructions, the system will boot to an A:\> prompt. At the prompt type "x:\WIN95\SETUP" to start the Windows95 installation, where "x" is the drive letter of your CD Rom Drive.

Otherwise, Setup should begin automatically if you are using the CD Setup Boot Disk created by the Dell Program Disk Maker.

Windows 95 Setup will start with an introductory screen. You will be prompted to Press "ENTER" to continue.

The second screen may advise you that your system already has an operating system, and recommend that you exit the Setup.
Choose "Continue Setup and replace your current operating system."

Note: Your mouse will not work on these first few screens of Setup. Use the arrow keys to select the appropriate choice, and Press "ENTER" on your keyboard.

Next, Setup will perform a routine check on you system. Press "ENTER" to continue.

After SCANDISK has been run, Setup will continue, and come up to the Software License Agreement.

After reading the agreement you must select "Yes" for Setup to continue.

The Windows 95 Setup Wizard appears at this time. Follow the onscreen prompts and:

  1. select "Next" to confirm the directory where Windows 95 will be installed
  2. select a Typical installation,
  3. enter the number from you Windows 95 Certificate of Authenticity. This number is located on the Windows 95 book that came packaged with the CD.
  4. Enter your name and, optionally, a company name,
  5. select whether or not your system has a Network Interface Card or a Sound Card installed.

Windows 95 Setup will now spend a few moments analyzing your system to determine what type of Hardware is installed.

Setup will now prompt you to ask if you would like to install the most common components. Choose "Next."

The next screen will ask if you would like to make a Startup Disk. If you already have one that was created with the Dell Program Disk Maker, you may tell this prompt No, and choose "Next."

NOTE: It is important that you do not allow Setup to overwrite your CD Setup Boot Disk. Replace the CD Setup Boot Disk diskette with a new, preformated disk before continuing.

The Windows 95 files will be copied to your harddrive during the next portion of Setup. This will take several minutes, and requires no user interaction.

After Setup finishes copying files, you will be prompted to restart the system. Remove any diskette from drive A:, and restart the Computer by selecting "Finish."

On restarting, Windows 95 will set up any Plug and Play Hardware in you system. It will then set up the Control Panel, Programs on the Start Menu, Windows Help, MS-Dos program settings, and will ask you to select your time zone. After selecting the appropriate time zone for your location press the "Close" button at the bottom of this Window.

The Add Printer Wizard is the next thing to appear. It is recommended that you select "Cancel" at this time, since many of the Printers currently on the Market do not setup correctly though this dialogue. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions in the documentation that came with your printer to install the Printer after Windows 95 Setup is complete.

Setup will prompt you to Restart the computer, again. Press "OK."

Windows 95 is now set up on your computer; however, you will still need to reinstall any special drivers for your particular system, such as the "Intel Support Drivers," if one came with your system, and the "USB Supplement," from you Windows 95 CD if you plan on using any USB devices on your system. See any Documentation Updates that may have come with your system.

You will also need to install any extra drivers for your Video Card, Sound Card, Modem, Printer, and Network Interface Card, as appropriate for your configuration. You should have diskettes or CD’s for these devices which either came with the system or were made by the Dell Program Disk Maker. See the documentation accompanying the particular device for instructions to install the appropriate drivers.

Once all of the hardware drivers for your system have been correctly installed and are working properly, you may begin reinstalling your application software according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This is necessary even though the programs may still reside on your harddrive because the installation makes the necessary changes to the Windows 95 configuration in order for you software to run properly.