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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by BZellner, Sep 17, 2003.

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  1. BZellner

    BZellner Thread Starter

    Sep 17, 2003
    Ok- I know very little about computers so i will try my best to make this understable to someone who does. i recently received a free computer from a friend. its pretty old. it's an ibm aptiva. my problem is windows. it shows that windows is installed but when i try to access internet it asks for the windows95 cd rom. i dont have and called all over town and no one has it. or 98. now i get a black screen that says invalid system disk. tried rebooting it and cut out power and it still says it. any help at all will be greatly appreciated. thanks.
  2. WestCan


    Sep 17, 2003
    You probably don't have the full package installed ...and the memory (hard storage) and random ..is, well, not there. Go buy a newer used one.
  3. skyman


    Jan 30, 2001
    Call everyone you know who has, or knows about computers.

    Ask them for a Windows 95 CD and when you find it, run it and install it and see what happens.

    If this does not make it work try to find a used one that has Windows 98 installed and try it out first.

    Good luck and I hope you get it running...
  4. Jedi_Master


    Mar 12, 2002
    Howdy BZellner...

    Try powering down the pc, remove the case and check the cable connections to the harddrive to make sure they are connect secure ( unplug them and plug them back in )...

    Also make sure that there are no floppies, or cd's in the drives...

    On the W95 CD issue, once you do get it to boot, look for files that end in the .cab extension, if they are there when it asks for the CD point it to where the .cab files are...
  5. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Check and see if there is a C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS folder. If there is, when you are prompted to insert the Windows CD, click OK, browse to or type in that folder path, then click OK again. If all goes well, the file copying process should occur successfully.

    What model number IBM Aptiva is it? With that information in hand, we may be able to give you some further advice - good or bad.

    Windows 95 is pretty much on the "almost extinct" list. The oldest Windows version that you really want to have right now is Windows 98SE because Microsoft still provides support and updates for it, and most new hardware and software require at least Windows 98SE.

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
  6. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    Is there by chance a floppy disk in the drive??
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