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When you are installing Windows 95, you may receive the following error message:
Setup detected one or more MS-DOS-based programs running on your computer. Close your MS-DOS programs, and then click OK to continue. Or, click Cancel to quit Setup.
Setup cannot continue while an MS-DOS-based program is running. The MS-DOS-based program may be running in a hidden virtual machine so that it is not visible when you press ALT+TAB or in the Close Program dialog box.
NOTE: Windows 95 supports running MS-DOS-based programs in hidden virtual machines (VMs). Hidden VMs do not display program windows or show up as running programs. Hidden VMs are created by the developer of a program.
To work around this problem, use any one of the following methods:
The WinPrinter driver by LaserMaster is an example of an MS-DOS-based program that runs in a hidden VM and is not visible when you press ALT+TAB or CTRL+ALT+DEL. To disable WinPrinter, remove the WinPrinter icons from the Startup group, restart the computer, and then run Windows 95 Setup again.
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Article ID: 131663 - Last Review: December 28, 2014 - Revision: 1.1