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I have a hard drive with windows 95 and i am trying to install windows xp professional addition but it comes back saying you can't intall this version of windows on this system

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Windows 95 uses the FAT 32 system and uses a boot-up partition that will not recognize a windows xp default system install that uses the NTFS system. You can do it the other way around though, if XP is installed first, or another drive you have with XP on it is the first drive set to boot in your BIOS XP will recognize WIN 95 on its FAT 32 partition and either let you boot from that partition when you first start up your computer or when in XP right clicking a WIN 95 application and setting its properties to run as a Win 95 environment. Solution I would use if I were you would be to download Microsoft's free Virtual PC application from their website and run a full version of WIN 95 in its own virtual environment. Win 95 will run about 10 times faster than it ever would on its own partion if run under XP.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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    Vincent Figone Aug 26, 2008

    If you would like to try the free Virtual PC 2007 application you can download it here from the Microsoft website.

    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007


  • Vincent Figone
    Vincent Figone Aug 26, 2008

    Link did not post right so I'll try again

    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007


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