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Help. I just retrieved a number of pentium 166's from a dumpster. I want to
set one up in a spare room as a word processor and simple surfing tool.
Problem is that they all have windows 3.1 and when I try to load my windows
95 cd, I'm told I need an upgrade version. How can I reformat this thing or
somehow make it respond to my '95 disc? I know that this is a quaint and
archaic problem for most folks that operate current systems, capacities
measured in the giga thingees, but I think it would be really cool to
resurrect a perfectly good system rescued from the garbage bin. Any help out
there? Thanks.
Bob Dougherty
 

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Did you purchase additional Windows licenses for these computers? Using one CD and one license for a bunch of computers is illegal and is the reason Microsoft has now cracked down on piracy with the Windows XP registration system.
 

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Rename or delete the windows directory and all instances of win.com. It would not be a bad idea to delete or rename autoexec.bat and config.sys. Rather than install win95, which is already outdated and virtually unsupported, why not install Linux on them? You can install linux and a full range of software in under a gigabyte of space, network it to your Windows machines, use it as a router/firewall, etc., browse the net, etc. You can buy a combo cd set from www.cheapbytes.com with several major linux distributions, software, documentation, etc for under $20 Here's a good place to start learning linux, pick a mirror of this site that is near you:
http://www.ibiblio.org/mdw/mirrors.html#usa
 
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