You may see some devices labled "Unknown device" -- save these for last. I haven't figured out why some main boards put those up -- sometimes, they may be USB ports, other times, they are bizzare functions on otherwise plug-and-play cards (One of the many variations of the Soundblaster 16 board leaves two mystery "Other Devices" at I/O address 100 and 101 which can be ignored) There are two things you can do here: 1) pick the device, and click "Change driver".
Insert the disk or CD-ROM, and point the system to the drive and the proper driver.
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Option 2) Delete the device, and let Windows notice it on the reboot, and install the drivers then.
Note that if you try to install video, sound or network card drivers before doing this, you will probably fail. Because the "resources" used by the cards in question are already in use by these "Other Devices".
By checking any of those options, you are telling Windows to do a more complete scan for these devices.
This not only slows down this step, it also GREATLY increases the chances the system will hang by "probing" for one device and crashing another device, and thus your computer.
After a few experiences, I won't waste my time trying to fix a Windows Upgrade. And, even if it works initially, all the garbage from older versions of Windows will give you nightmares some day. You would think they had learned this doesn't work properly with Windows 95.
However, nowhere near enough to be worth subjecting yourself to the problems. Microsoft, in their infinite monop..wisdom has decided to only sell Windows 95 as an Upgrade to consumers.
I've discovered that many people don't really have a "Good" way of installing Windows 95, Windows 95 release 2, or Windows 98. Interestingly, the basic process is pretty much the same for all versions. This means if you want anything cool from Release 2 (OSR2 as some people call it, Release B as others call it), you HAVE to go through less than legitimate channels. Windows 98: The Windows 98 boot floppy includes several popular CD-ROM drivers, including some SCSI controllers and a driver which appears to work with most IDE CD-ROMs.
These instructions assume a CD-ROM on the installation machine. I won't help you if you don't have a CD-ROM on a Windows 95 machine. The good news is the Upgrade versions only ask you to PROVE that you have the old version, you don't have to INSTALL the old version of the software. I understand the Windows 98 upgrade does something else, not sure what, but I understand it is more unpleasant. Now, inspite of the official ban against selling full OEM versions to end users, many, many small computer stores will HAPPILY sell you a copy of Windows 9x OEM. But if you see a small hole-in-the-wall computer store, odds are they will sell it to you. Another reason to avoid the Windows 95 upgrade: It is only available in the origional release. Windows 95 r2 and Windows 98 include a boot floppy.
There is no way to get Win95r2 legimiately other than to buy a computer with it (and then you can only use it on that one computer...) Update: It appears it *is* possible to buy a "legitmate" copy of Windows 98 full release, box and all. The computer should have NO \WINDOWS directory on it. Update: It is possible to boot off the Windows 98 CD-ROM. Windows 95r2: The boot disk doesn't include any CD-ROM drivers..will have to make a copy of this disk (DISKCOPY) on another computer, and provide your own CD-ROM driver for your own CD-ROM.