Installation Steps: Step 7

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Windows 95

Installation Steps

-Step 7-

-The Hardware Detection Phase

-The Setup Wizard will now enter a phase of the installation known as "Hardware Detection." This means that Windows 95 will closely examine your system for all hardware devices it can recognize, and records what it uncovers in the system registry.

-You will be presented with a "Analyzing Your Computer" dialog box that has two options, of which, you can only choose one. The first option is to allow Windows 95 to automatically detect your hardware. It is the default choice, and is strongly recommended that you choose this method. The other radio button is there for you to override the default and allows you to manually select the hardware components of your system.

-After making your selection, and clicking the "Next" button, Windows 95 may present you with a second dialog box that lists certain hardware devices it thinks you have based on information if found in your Config.sys and Autoexec.bat files. Check the boxes for those hardware devices you are absolutely sure you have attached to your system, then click the "Next" button.

-Setup now performs the hardware detection for your system. This step can run quite some time, so don't be alarmed. During the hardware detection phase, you should see constant disk activity as indicated by your hard drive's activity light.

-The Hardware Detection phase can sometimes fail. You will know this if you receive an error message, or disk activity suddenly ceases for an extended period of time. Don't be alarmed. You can safely get around a problem by POWERING OFF THE COMPUTER and RESTARTING the SETUP program. DO NOT USE CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart. Just press the power off switch on the computer, wait 30 seconds, and restart.

-Windows 95 keeps track of what it is doing with several Log files. It will know if setup has failed prior to, during or after hardware detection. When you restart your computer, and restart the Setup program, if any of these log files exist, Windows 95 uses them to determine what it has to do to get around the problem. You will see a "Safe Recovery" dialog box that offers you two choices: Use Safe Recovery Method, and Do Not Use Safe Recovery Method. ALWAYS choose to use Safe Recovery. It will help get you past the error which you can troubleshoot at a later time.

Hardware Requirements

Back Up

Step #1 - Scandisk Checks Your Hard Drive

Step #2 - Choosing The Windows 95 Directory

Step #3 - Checking For Available Disk Space

Step #4 - The "Get Connected" Dialog Box

Step #5 - The 'Setup Options' dialog box

Step #6 - "About" dialog box

Step #7 - The Hardware Detection Phase

Step #8 - Choosing The Components Of A Custom Install

Step #9 - The "Computer Settings" dialog box

Step #10 - Creating An Emergency Startup Disk

Step #11 - Installing The Source Files

Step #12 - Finalizing The Computer's Configuration

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