Fravia+, I found this info on the web. I did not figure out how to do this on my own nor claim to - but thought I'd share it since it's not posted on Fravia's site yet. These hacks pertain to Windows registration and bypassing it. First, I'll start with Win95a. Bypassing Windows registration for WINDOWS 95: 1. Copy all of the installable files (*.cab) over to the hard disk. 2. Use the EXTRACT program to extract setuppp.inf from precopy2.cab. extract precopy2.cab setuppp.inf 3. Edit layout.inf and do a text string search for "setuppp.inf". The line will read: setuppp.inf=2,,4550 which you'll need to change to: setuppp.inf=1,,4550 This tells Windows not to extract that file durring setup. 4. Edit setuppp.inf and do a text string search for ProductType= and you'll see something that looks like: ProductType=9 This tells Windows that it's a full install requiring a CD key durring setup. Change it to: ProductType=6 and you'll trick Windows setup into thinking it's an OEM upgrade/full install. You'll still be asked for a registration number durring setu but when you click on Next you'll be given the opportunity to Ignore it and proceed. You can do the same thing with OSR2 and any current version of Windows 95. I've noticed that new burns of Win95 and Win98 have a new set of .CAB files with both setuppp.inf and layout.inf archived in precopy2.cab. Just extract both files using EXTRACT.EXE, edit them as stated above then use the ATTRIB command: attrib +r setuppp.inf attrib +r layout.inf to make them read-only. This is to ensure that Windows setup won't overwrite the files. Now lets say you have a Win9X upgrade that won't let you install because it doesn't detect a previous OS installed. You can trick it into thinking that you actually have WinNT installed by doing: dir >ntldr on the root directory of your C: drive. This will output the dir command to a file called ntldr. If you edit the file you'll see what you should have seen if you just typed dir alone on a line by itself. Windows setup is stupid, though. It doesn't check inside the file to see if it's valid. It just checks to see if the file is there. If it is, then Windows setup will gracefully continue the install procedure, thinking you have WinNT installed... but who runs Windoze when there's Linux? ;-) - DeeEmAye
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