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The Windows 95 Startup Disk

After Windows 95 is successfully installed, the Startup disk acts as a safety net if there is a problem starting the system. The Startup disk is a bootable floppy that contains tools that may be useful in troubleshooting problems with starting Windows 95.

The following files are copied on the disk.

COMMAND.COM Command interpreter
DRVSPACE.BIN Microsoft DriveSpaceÔ compression driver
EDIT.COM Emergency editor
FORMAT.COM Disk format tool
SYS.COM System transfer tool
ATTRIB.EXE File attribute tool
FDISK.EXE Disk partition tool
SCANDISK.EXE Disk status tool
SCANDISK.INI Disk status tool configuration file
CHKDISK.EXE A simpler and smaller disk status tool
IO.SYS System boot file
MSDOS.SYS Boot option information (paths, multiboot, and so on)
EBD.SYS A flag that identifies the disk as a Windows 95 startup disk.
REGEDIT.EXE Registry Editor
UNINSTAL.EXE A tool to remove Windows 95 from the system and return the system to its previous state

Using the Startup Disk

If you have problems with Setup or have trouble starting Windows 95, you can use a Startup Disk to start your computer and run Setup or to gain access to your system files. If you have problems with your hard disk, for example, you can use a Startup Disk to start your computer and troubleshoot your hard disk.

You’re prompted to create a Startup Disk during Setup. If you want to create another Startup Disk after you install Windows 95, you easily can. You can even save a specific startup configuration on a disk. For example, you can save the specific drivers for your computer on a Startup Disk.

The Startup Disk for Windows 95 DOES NOT contain CD-ROM drivers. If you need to access the CDROM drive you must create a CDROM BOOT DISK.

Important: Startup disks created with previous versions of Windows aren’t compatible with Windows 98.

To create a Startup Disk from within Windows 95

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add/Remove Programs.
    The Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box appears.
  2. Click the Startup Disk tab, and then click Create Disk.
  3. Label a floppy disk “Windows 95 Startup Disk,” insert it into your floppy disk drive, and then click OK.

To start your computer using a Startup Disk

  1. Insert the Startup Disk in the floppy disk drive.
  2. Restart your computer.
The MS-DOS prompt appears. From this prompt, you can gain access to the hard drive.