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First post, by robbyrobot

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I'm trying to install Windows 95 OSR 2 onto a 32gb drive. I keep getting an error that I can't find any info on. Hoping some one here can help.

Additional info: windows 95 was installed on this computer/drive previously on a 8gb partition.

Error message:
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Unrecoverable setup error
Setup can not continue on this system configuration. Click ok To quit setup. Then refer to Section 'control data corrupt' In setup.txt for instructions.
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Setup.txt has no such section and nothing even close to explaining this error.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Reply 1 of 11, by Davros

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Do you have setup.txt ?
is the hdd formatted ?
the cd isnt an upgrade is it?
are you booting from the cd or a dos disk

It's error SU5019
found this on russian site :
Continuing installation is not possible due to data corruption.

you could have a damaged cd

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Reply 4 of 11, by chinny22

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Davros asks good questions,
I would also try a smaller c:\ partition, a lot of earlier windows didn't like large boot partitions, not sure if Win95 had a limit but wouldn't surprise me.

Reply 5 of 11, by Warlord

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Microsoft Windows 95 README for Setup
August 1995
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Cannot continue on this system configuration
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If you get a message saying "Setup cannot continue on this system
configuration," you may have an older, incompatible disk partition.
Before running Setup, you will need to back up your data and then
repartition your disk.

Reply 6 of 11, by Orkay

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I created and formatted a 40GB FAT32 partition on a 120 or 160GB hard drive just now, and it installed without any issues. Does your partition have anything on it, apart from temporary setup files? Are you able to use the full size of the hard drive in a newer operating system? It's possible that it may have been corrupted or partitioned with the wrong utility, or your BIOS needs an update (if available) to support higher disk capacities.

The first thing I'd try is boot from a Windows 95B startup floppy and, assuming you have nothing important on the hard drive, wipe the MBR with a debug routine to unfailingly ensure it's all clean, as deleting partitions in FDISK sometimes doesn't work correctly. Once that's done, run FDISK and create a partition spanning the entire disk, then restart and format it. This should be enough to allow Windows 95C to be installed without errors.

If that doesn't work out, you can try to find a BIOS update for your motherboard that supports larger capacities, load a disk overlay software, get a PCI IDE controller like something from the Promise Ultra series, or just create a small partition. Earlier BIOS revisions tended to see around at most 8GB on each IDE drive.

Reply 8 of 11, by Orkay

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Absolutely, Windows 95B and 95C always fail to load the default IDE CD-ROM driver in the second phase of Setup for whatever reason. A good place to copy all the files from the CD's WIN95 directory would be in C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS. In theory, you should then be able to run Setup from that directory so it's registered as the default SourcePath entry and you don't have to keep pointing to it every time you want to install new Windows components.

I haven't been very accustomed to this solution lately, largely because I nowadays install any version of Windows from a network server, and Windows 95 doesn't have that same problem when installing from a network share or SCSI CD-ROM.

Reply 9 of 11, by PcBytes

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Orkay wrote:

Absolutely, Windows 95B and 95C always fail to load the default IDE CD-ROM driver in the second phase of Setup for whatever reason. A good place to copy all the files from the CD's WIN95 directory would be in C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS. In theory, you should then be able to run Setup from that directory so it's registered as the default SourcePath entry and you don't have to keep pointing to it every time you want to install new Windows components.

I haven't been very accustomed to this solution lately, largely because I nowadays install any version of Windows from a network server, and Windows 95 doesn't have that same problem when installing from a network share or SCSI CD-ROM.

Wouldn't just copying the WIN95 folder to the root of C:\ drive be simpler to do ? Just point setup to C:\WIN95 whenever it has a issue with not finding the CD ROM.

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Reply 10 of 11, by Orkay

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PcBytes wrote:

Wouldn't just copying the WIN95 folder to the root of C:\ drive be simpler to do ? Just point setup to C:\WIN95 whenever it has a issue with not finding the CD ROM.

That works too, a lot of OEMs just conventionally used C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS. Only the .CAB files from the WIN95 directory would be stored there, and the user could install any components without having to insert a setup CD-ROM since the value for SourcePath in the registry would point to it. If you ran Setup from C:\WIN95, it would automatically set SourcePath to that anyway, since that's where Windows would initially be installed from.

Reply 11 of 11, by knedle

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I know it's a thread from half a year ago, but I just had the same problem, found the solution and wanted to share it in case someone else will find it useful.

Before starting the install I have created the MSBATCH.INF file.
I've removed the file and errors stopped.