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    Back to 95 from XP

    Can it be done? I've "upgraded" an old computer to the point that it seems really sluggish now with XP Home. I have the original OEM disc that includes Win 95. Can I go back in time now? <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    I wouldn't know any reason why you couldn't so long as you have the proper registration serial number for your Win 95 O/S edition. I'd also be sure to know what drivers are needed for your video and sound cards, etc. before starting in on a reformat and install. At least this is the way I would go with the project. Whether you can simply "go back" would depend on what type of recovery software you have installed? I don't think you can just uninstall Win XP and have a happy Win 95 computer but I may be wrong. See if anyone else chimes in on what they would do. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    If I remember right one could NOT do a "Upgrade" from 95, one had to do a "Clean" install of XP. XP does NOT support a lot of 95 style hardware. If you have done a good backup of your data files, you should be able to "Rebuild" the 95 system using the OEM CD and this should set the computer to FACTORY configuration.

    To get any of the 95 Windows updates you may need to get a copy of the CD that MS put out about a year and half ago, as they NO longer support 95.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    I went to Microsoft.Com search for W95 Update and received over 700 links - including drivers, service pack, etc.

    If you can find the Disk Dave is speaking of - that would be better.

    Question, can you run W98SE ? There is more support, although Microsoft has ended its support July 2006 - you can still get updates through its site. Also, W98SE can support morerecent software applications.
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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    I still have the original CD intended to restore the computer back to "factory condition". I'm assuming that all the necessary drivers would be included.

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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    I think you may be right because I actually bought an additional copy of Win XP Home. Is my assumption that the old pc (Toshiba Satellite 2250CDT, Celeron 600, 6GB HDD & 192MB RAM) is sluggish because of Win XP and that things will improve with a "factory restore"?

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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by CAC on 10-Aug-06 17:31. Spelling)</P>Whoo Hoo! I just went back to the original "Product Recovery CD-ROM" and it is Win 98 NOT Win 95 as I thought. Note that is Win 98 NOT Win 98SE. Can I still get the SE upgrade? Anyway, the whole point of this exercise will be to "speed up" this sluggish old notebook. Am I dreaming, or should I actually expect some improvement?
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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    A 600 MHz Celeron is OK for Windows XP, but 192 MB RAM is definitely too little - it should be 512 MB at least. And a 6 GB hard disk won't have much room to spare - my Windows folder is almost 3.5 GB.
    You could improve performance under XP by expanding memory to 512 MB, but it should definitely run smoothly under Windows 98 as is.

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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    Simple answer - Not from Microsoft. Since W98SE is an UPGRADE not UPDATE, you had to purchase the upgraded version. I usually goto my local computer repair store to see if they have any licenses - since they are OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) vendors, they still have a licence to sell the OS. How long this will last, I do not know.

    You can still load W98 and get the updates up tho 7/11/2006. When you do a windows update, you will see a warning:

    " Important: End of Support for Windows 98 and Windows ME
    Effective July 11, 2006, support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows ME (and their related components) will end. Updates for Windows 98 and Windows ME will be limited to those updates that currently appear on the Windows Update website. Microsoft will no longer create new updates for Windows 98 or Windows ME after this date. This notice reflects the policies of the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. For more information, please read the Support Lifecycle policy. To enhance the security of your computer and to continue receiving updates, we recommend upgrading to one of the currently supported versions of Windows. For more information, visit the Microsoft Windows website. "

    You can still get updates, just no updates posted after 7/11/2006.

    Depending on what you will use the machine for, this should be OK.

    You might want to check TigerDirect.Com for cheap alternatives for a new system that has an OS installed.

    Sorry I can not provide better news.
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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    As Hans pointed out, your hardware is not up to the task for XP and was certainly the cause of the poor proformance. I'm not certain, but would wager that the motherboard on that system won't support an upgrade to 512 Mb and the small hard drive makes installing XP an exercise in futility. IMHO, of course.

    I'm sure that you will be thrilled with the performance boost when you revert to Windows 98 !! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> And you can always buy a copy of 98SE if you feel the need. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Back to 95 from XP

    You are quite right. This unit shipped with 64MB RAM and accepted memory expansion up to an additional 128MB RAM. Wow! So now I have it maxed out at a whopping 192MB! <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

    More good news (I think)... Although the "Product Recovery CD-ROM" only indicates Windows 98, there is also an unopened Microsoft manual "Getting Started Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition". I'm looking forward to the "performance boost". When I get around to it I can let you know how things worked out if you like.

    Thanks again, everyone!

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