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Windows 95 has a very nice feature allowing you to keep and use your old DOS operating system if you set it up properly. When Windows 95 is installed for the first time you have the option to install it in a directory other than that of Windows 3.1x. If you elect to do just that (say install it to C:\WIN95) you will also then be able to keep your old DOS operating system and all of Windows 3.1x in tact. By doing this Windows 95 will automatically setup a Dual Boot System, however there are some changes that you will need to make in order to access this feature.
First, while your in Windows 95 you will need to open Explorer. Go to C: drive and look for the file MSDOS.SYS it will be in the Root Directory or C: folder. If you do not see this file it is because Explorer has not been configured to display hidden or reserved attribute files. This can easily be changed. To have Explorer display hidden and reserved file types first, open Explorer then click on View, then on Options. Next click on Show all Files under the View Tab section. Now that this is done you may proceed with the Multi-Boot setup. Again look for the file called MSDOS.SYS, right click on this file and go to properties. Once your in the properties of this file you will need to change the attributes of this file. Click on the Read-only and Hidden boxes to remove the check mark. You are now able to edit this file. Next click OK to the changes you made in the properties window. You are now back at the Explorer main window. While the MSDOS.SYS file is still highlighted double click on file, you may have to associated this file type with Notepad. Once this is done MSDOS.SYS can be opened with Notepad to allow you to edit this file. You will need to add or change the following highlighted lines to this file under the [Options] area. After you have done this and have saved your work, you are finished and can enjoy the added features of a Dual Boot Operating system.
Are you tried of seeing that huge ugly brown BitMap Image that says "It is now safe to turn off your computer"? Do you miss your old DOS Prompt C:\>? Do you sometimes wish you could Restart Windows 95 without having to completely Re-Boot because you just remembered something you forgot to do? If so here's an easy way to regain that control that Microsoft took away from you when you shut down Windows 95, in three easy steps.
First, you will need to Edit the file MSDOS.SYS, again. Remember how I said to change the attributes for this file in the section above from Read-only and Hidden to Archive, well you will need to do that again. Now you may Edit this file so that the line BootGUI=0 is changed to read BootGUI=1. This allows your computer to boot to DOS version 7.0, which is still Windows 95 the only difference is that the program Windows 95 is not automatically started. Now to get Windows 95 to automatically start when you turn your computer on you will also need to Edit your AUTOEXEC.BAT file in your C:\> root directory or folder. Just add the word WIN as your last line in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The last thing you will need to do is to Rename the file LOGOS.SYS in your Windows folder. Simply adding a 1 at the end of the file name will do, example; (LOGOS1.SYS). This stops Windows 95 from finding that ugly brown BitMap Image, and you get a nice crisp DOS prompt. Now to Restart Windows 95 simply type WIN and your off running in no time.
If you are a first time user, or are helping a first time user setup up their NCKCN Internet connection on Windows 95, this may help in the event you should need to go through this proceedure again. The first thing that you will need to do is to make sure you have the Dial-up Networking installed. By default Windows 95 Does Not install the Dial-up Networking. To do this simply click on the My Computer icon on your desktop, if you see an icon titled Dial-up Networking than it is already installed. If you do not see that icon you will need to install the Windows 95 Dial-up Networking in order to establish a Dial-up Connection with NCKCN.
To install Windows 95 Dial-up Networking first get out your Windows 95 CD or Disks. Next, click on the Start button, then move the mouse over Settings, and click on the Control Panel. Once Control Panel is open double click on the Add/Remove Programs icon, next click on the Windows setup tab. Find the item Communications in the window on the left and double click that. Now click on the item Dial-up Networking so it has a check mark next to it. You may also click on Hyper Terminal and Phone Dialer so they have check marks next to them if they do not already have them. Click on OK until you return to the Control Panel Window. Next, double click to the open the Network icon, the Network window should now be open, and you should see the Configuration tab. Click on the Add button just below "The following network components are installed:" window. Next click on Adapter then OK. From here scroll down the window on the left until you see Microsoft. Click on Microsoft then Adapter on the right. Click OK. You should now see Dial-up Adapter in "The following network components are installed:" window. Again, click on Add then Protocol and Add. This time select Microsoft in the left window and then TCP/IP in the right window. Click OK. You should now see Dial-up Adapter and TCP/IP in "The following network components are installed:" window. If you would like to be able to save your NCKCN dial-up password see the section titled TCP/IP Logon Passwords contained in this document. You are now ready to Create your Dial-up Connection.
In order to create a Dial-up Connection, first click on My Computer on your Desktop. Next, click on the Dial-up Networking icon. This should automatically enable a setup wizard to setup your NCKCN Dial-up information. If it does not double click on the Make New Connection icon. Next enter the name of your New Connection here "NCKCN" and click on Next. Now enter the Area Code and Telephone number of NCKCN "913 and 738-2331" click on Next. Now click on Finish. Be patient you are not quite finished yet. Now right click on the NCKCN icon in the Dial-up Networking window and click on Properties. Now click on the Server Type button near the bottom right. From here choose and fill in the following boxes with a check mark. First select PPP: Windows 95, Windows NT 3.5, Internet under the Server Types window. Next fill in the following boxes; under Advanced options: Log on to network; and Enable software compression. Also under Allowed network protocols: fill in the box next to TCP/IP. Next click on the TCP/IP Settings button. Now under the TCP/IP Settings window select Server assigned address and Specify name server address. Next enter in the Primary DNS: numbers as follows; 126.96.36.199 and then enter in the Secondary DNS: numbers as such 188.8.131.52 Next, select Use IP header compression and Use default gateway on remote network. Click OK three times to return to the Main Dial-up Networking window. To place the newly created NCKCN dial-up icon on to your Desktop, simply right click on the NCKCN icon in the Dial-up Networking window and select Create Shortcut, your computer will say that cannot be done here would you like it placed on your Desktop, say YES. You are now officially ready to dial up NCKCN and logon to the Internet, the World's largest Network.
If you are currently unable to save your NCKCN password when you use your TCP/IP Dial Up Adapter in Windows 95, this may help.
First thing to do is to check and make sure that you do have the Client for Microsoft Networks in your Network Setup. Open the Control Panel, then double click on the Network icon. You should at minimum see TCP/IP ->Dial-Up Adapter, and Dial-Up Adapter under the Configuration Tab. There may be more items there and that is OK. If it is not there you will need to load Client for Microsoft Networks in this section. First, click on Add, then Client. Next click on Microsoft and finally click on Client for Microsoft Network and OK. Now that you have that installed you will need to properly set this up. As you exit from all of this you will be asked by your computer to identify the User. At this point you will be prompted for your Computer Name, Work Group and Computer Description. In the Computer Name section go ahead and put your NCKCN User Name, in the Work Group and Computer Description you may leave what is defaulted there or change these to whatever you like. Next click on OK and exit out of the Network setup and Control Panel. Windows 95 will now say that you need to shut down Windows 95 and restart in order for these changes to take effect. Say OK. Now as Windows 95 restarts you will see a new window that you have never seen before. This window will ask you for a User Password. It is Very Important that you Do Not enter your NCKCN Password there. Instead leave the Password Box Blank and click on OK. You will then be asked to confirm your password even though it is blank. Go ahead and do so making sure that you leave the confirmation Password Box Blank also. Once Windows 95 has completely loaded go to your NCKCN Dial-Up icon as though you were going to logon to NCKCN. You should now be able to Save your NCKCN Password by clicking in the Save Password Box.
If you are interested in having Windows 95 for your PC Systems Operating Environment, but are not sure if your computer will be able to handle it. Here's a small (76K) program you can download to test your system for Windows 95 Compatibility.
There is a little known undocumented Windows 95 program that can literally save you hours and hours of work. The program is called "Emergency Recovery Utility". The Microsoft ERU is designed to provide a backup of your system configuration files in case a problem should occur. I highly recommend that Windows 95 users use this utility to create backups each time you make any significant system changes, such as adding new hardware or software. First you will need to insert your Windows 95 CD into your CD-ROM Drive. Next, open up Explorer and create a new folder on your hard disk called "ERU". Now click on our drive letter for your CD-ROM Drive. Next, open the following folders: "OTHER", "MISC", and "ERU". Select and copy the four files ERD.E_E, ERU.EXE, ERU.INF, and ERU.TXT from the Windows 95 CD to the ERU folder on your hard disk.
To Create a Backup of all your System Configuration Files, simply run the file (ERU.EXE) and follow the directions. You will need to choose a location to store (save) your backup information. I recommend to save the backup information to a bootable floppy disk in Drive A:, but you can specify any location you want. To make a bootable floppy, place a blank disk in drive A: and open Explorer. Next right click on drive A:, this will bring up a window where you have the option to format the disk in drive A: click on format, then select copy system files at the bottom of that window and click OK. Next, run ERU and simply chose to save the System Configuration Files to that floppy.
To Restore your Original (or last saved) Configuration Files, you will need to boot your machine from the bootable floppy disk you made earlier and then saved the configuration files on. Next type (ERD.EXE) to begin restoring your saved configuration files.
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