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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by hogelin, Mar 7, 2001.

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  1. hogelin

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    I tried to reformat my computer from my master cd and disk. It ran through the sequence until I got a file missing message- (file cannot be found hwdetect.ini). Windows will not come up so I have been trying to explore my directories on dos. The directory (pisetup) does show a hwdetect.bat at 1072 bytes, hwdetect.ini at 0 bytes, and a hwdetect.exe. How do I tell dos to ini. the ini. I have run though every option possible on the reformat/reinstall cd/floppy. The computer is a 1995 Packard Bell with windows 95 and we just want to use it for my sons online. It was runnig ok until we wanted to bring it back to its original configuration as it has only a 1 gig. hd.
     
  2. DarrenW

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    is the CD you're using a Packard Bell recovery CD?
     
  3. hogelin

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    I tried to get things going buy using the Packard Bell Master CD and PB floppy. Yes I used the Restore and recovery disk version 2.3W and backup CD-ROM 170580, supplied by Packard Bell
     
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    sorry for taking so long to reply. my next question is...is there anything on the hard drive you need to save? if not (or if you've already saved it) then re-boot to MS DOS and run the format c: command (assuming your windows directory is on the C drive). After that has completed then try installing the recovery disks. (boot the computer with the floppy inserted)
     
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