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    Default Make Windows 95 install media from installation

    Hi there,
    I have a SiemensNixdorf xpert machine that has windows 95 installed, and it has all those nice graphics (like SiemensNixdorf logo in Control panel -> System etc.). The machine did not come with any CD's or floppies and I was hoping that there is a way to make install floppies or a CD from the installation I have so that I can install to the machine later if something should fail or install Win95 to my OTHER xpert machine (which lacks all those nice graphics) to get all that branded goodness.

    Or is there perhaps a way to add this stuff? Or does anyone know a place to download machine specific windows distros etc. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overmann View Post
    Hi there,
    I have a SiemensNixdorf xpert machine that has windows 95 installed, and it has all those nice graphics (like SiemensNixdorf logo in Control panel -> System etc.). The machine did not come with any CD's or floppies and I was hoping that there is a way to make install floppies or a CD from the installation I have so that I can install to the machine later if something should fail or install Win95 to my OTHER xpert machine (which lacks all those nice graphics) to get all that branded goodness.

    Or is there perhaps a way to add this stuff? Or does anyone know a place to download machine specific windows distros etc. ?
    Some OEMs included the files on the HDD in lieu of separate installation media. I remember seeing this on a laptop in C:\windows\options\cabs

    So look for a series of .CAB files on there, you might get lucky. The alternative is to just clone that installation instead of reinstalling.

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    Look in your program menu for... Recovery Disc Creation.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    That's a very cool program. I had no idea something like that recovery disk maker existed in windows. However, after I made a set the utility dissapeared from my start menu, and I managed to skip the first disk.
    Is there a way to get it back?

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    Depends on the program. I have an HP core 2 duo laptop that had an option to make recovery DVDs. When it was done, and during the process it edits the restore partition and the data stored there so that I can only be used to restore in place, it could only make the disks once.

    Fortunately I had imaged the drive myself before running the tool.

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    This program very much looked like it was built into Windows by microsoft, though I've not seen it before. My problem is that several of the disks that I made fail to work and I clearly have to make another set, but I can't find the program.

    The .cab files in the options/cabs directory are 1.63mb, so to large to simly be copied over to a floppy. I suppose I could transfer the cab-files to my modern machine via a CF-card, but the machine I'm installing to does not have CD-rom drivers installed (and the Win95 installation is ongoing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overmann View Post
    The .cab files in the options/cabs directory are 1.63mb, so to large to simly be copied over to a floppy.
    Actually they can fit on floppies. MS used the DMF format method to squeeze them onto floppies.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    I did find an dmf writing program in the .cab's parent directory but as the files are not DMF I'm at a loss
    And I am beginning to think that this might not be the way to go. It appears to me that these floppies install a bare bones Windows95 with none of the SiemensNixdorf additions that I'm looking to capture. I seem to recall that they were provided on the Windows 95 CD, but as I think about it it must have been provided on separate floppies (right?). There is a guy who has the Windows CD and the floppies:
    https://gshaw0.wordpress.com/2018/12.../#comment-8901

    But that is the only place on the internet that I've seen someone who has them

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    I have WIN 95 on both CD and floppies.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    I have WIN 95 on both CD and floppies.
    Well, congratulations
    I only have it on CD

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