On Thu, 11 Jan 2001 00:10:11 -0000, you wrote:
> I found 3 FHC machines with
>UnLicenced Win 95 running. And being a new and Dumb Computer
>Specialist I called up the Software Support people and Asked.
>I had to wait a little while becasue the Church was in the Process of
>negigatinbg more Win95 licences with Microsoft. But I recieved a CD
>and a letter authorizing 3 Installs a couple of weeks ago.
Out of curiosity, how did you know that the three machines had unlicensed
copies running on them?
The reason that I'm asking is that for several years, manufacturers paid
Microsoft for those Win95 licenses for every machine they manufactured.
There was a short period when the manufacturer paid and placed on the
machine a copy of DOS/Win 3.1 and a copy of Win95 and depending upon how
the machine was started determined the version that was installed.
In our case, we received the donated computers with Win95 already installed
and deleted everything but the Win95 partition (with CAB files). From
there, we used a boot disk to start the install process and ended up with
"clean" installs of Win95. Of course, we were fortunate to have donated
Compaqs from a major company after they upgraded them to better equipment.
I can't complain. They run Win95 just fine, including anything requiring
Internet Explorer. They aren't the fastest machines in the world, but they
are dependable. The advantage to running with the Win95 that came with the
equipment is that they are OEM versions and have the necessary drivers to
support all facets of the Compaq hardware, including the EISA backplane. I
was able to download flash bios to bring the machines current to Y2K
standards and I obtained the full diagnostics for the EISA setup the same
These machines also came with an ethernet interface on the main board, so
networking them has been very easy...
Crystal Lake, IL, FHC