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jenlc

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I have a Toshiba 4030 CDS with windows 95. Would like to upgrade to later version in order to use USB port. What is recommended?
 
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Make sure you go to the Toshiba web site and check your laptop's model. It is recommended by Toshiba that BEFORE upgrading to Win98xx that you upgrade the BIOS (flash your BIOS) and also upgrade the display adapters among other things. Also, if you have infra-red port, that has to be removed BEFORE an upgrade and then re-installed after the upgrade. In other words, there are some issues with Toshiba laptops that run Win95x that need to be done before an upgrade. By the way, I recommend Win98SE or if you can find it Win95C which has some USB support and may not require the flashing of the BIOS. Now all this may not apply to your model but I believe the BIOS update applies at all Toshiba laptops that came with Win95x.
 

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Windows 95, any version, will not provide full USB support. I wouldn't install anything less than Windows 98 if you're looking to use your USB port.
 
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I used Win95C for over a year and I used the USB ports with it. I used it for a Web Cam and for a USB Scanner. Win95C has some USB support but I think I posted that already and....why would a laptop come with Win95 and USB ports on it?
 

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There are lots of reasons a laptop with a USB port would come with Windows 95. Up until a few months ago, everyone at work received their laptops with Windows 95 installed because that's all our MIS department supported. The USB ports just didn't work.

There is a USB supplement for Windows 95, but it doesn't provide full support. I've worked with many frustrated users trying to get USB devices to work under Windows 95. They all said, "But I installed the USB supplement, why doesn't it work?" If you want to avoid unnecessary headaches, use Windows 98 for USB devices. If you check the system requirements for USB devices, you'll often (nearly always) see Windows 98 as a minimum required operating system.
 
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