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I have an old laptop that until recently was working well using windows 95. I am now getting the messages of registry/config error due to missing/corrupt files himem.sys, dblbuff.sys, ifshlp.sys, and win.com. I have had this before on another PC and was able to correct it with a boot disk.

The problem is this laptop has no floppy disk drive! I have little experience with Windows 95 and I don't have the original WIN95 Cd. I would have no problem formatting the hard drive and erasing everything.I would like to install windows 98 on this computer but I can't get past the start-up screen...

Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
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First you need to look in the BIOS and see if it is possible to boot from a cdrom. Look for the boot order in the bios. You can change the boot order with the arrow keys and the enter key. Read this tutorial on installing from a cdrom drive.


Some laptops are not able to change the boot order. In these computers i will take the laptop drive out and install it in a desktop computer with a adapter( i bought mine off Ebay). I then copy the whole windows CD over to the hard drive. Remove the laptop drive from the desktop and reinstall into the laptop computer. Follow this tutorial to install from the hard drive.


Another website on making a bootable CD is here.

http://www.pcsupport...e_ CD_page1.htm

and here.


Unless the computer is pretty strange it should boot off a cd. I installed Win 98SE on a Toshiba portage 660 pentium 150 laptop and a Panasonic toughbook CF-27 pentium 233 laptop using the above methods. The panasonic i had to copy the OS to the hard drive and install from there.

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