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Havola

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Installing Win95. After it installed, it said to reboot. Did that only to get the massage "Insufficient memory to initialize windows, quit one or more memory-resident programs, or remove unnecessary utilities from your config,sys or autoexec.bat. Then restart your computer." Then it shuts downs a moment latter. It will let me get to boot safe mode command prompt, or just command prompt, but what do I do there I have 1 Gig of memory, and a 160 Gig hard drive, plus it use to have Windows XP on it, but I it was so full (the hard drive) that I decided to format it and put 95 on it so I could play my old stand alone games, but now how do I get 95 to install. How do I fix it? Please help

Edited by Havola, 26 June 2011 - 08:50 PM.

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Hi Havola and welcome to G2G!

Windows 95 isn't designed to run on systems with this amount of RAM. Windows 95 is incredibly limited by today's standards, I would seriously recommend running a newer operating system on it.

What are the specs of the PC?

Edited by ZEUS_GB, 27 June 2011 - 09:43 AM.

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You can try right clicking on the exe file for a game you have installed on XP and run it in 98\95 compatibility mode.
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Thanks Guys. I did have XP on it before, but formatted the hard drive and now I can't get any OS installed. I would like to put my copy of Vista on it. I used win98 to fdisk it, then formatted C, But it won't let me put other OS on it using the cd or dvd drives. It's an old MSI V Class mother board, with cd, DVD, and floppy drive in it. It has 1 gig of ram (DDR), AMD Athlon64 CPU. Can I use win98 startup disk to put Vista on it? Thanks
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A Windows 98 boot disk would not allow you to load Windows Vista setup and as far as i'm aware there aren't Vista setup floppy disks.

When you say you can't get any OS installed, what error message do you get? Does it just not load up Windows setup? Have you tried checking the boot device order in the BIOS?
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Is this a full version or upgrade version of the Vista?
Is it a OEM, Retail or downloaded coy from the internet?

To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS

Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.

Hopefully you have already put the Vista cd in the drive before all this. If everything is setup correctly you will get a black screen with the following message in the upper left corner:

"Push Any Key To Boot To Cd". When you see this then push any key and the cd will take over. Then follow the prompts or if you need assistance we will help.
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