Article ID: 164666
When you start Windows 95 you may receive the following error message:
While initializing device IOS a Windows Protection Error occurred.
You need to restart your computer.
You may have a Quantum Bigfoot hard disk that requires a BIOS upgrade to work properly with Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 or 2.1.
Quantum Bigfoot hard disks that meet both the following criteria are confirmed by Quantum to exhibit the behavior described in this article:
Note that the error message does not occur if you boot to MS-DOS prior to starting Windows 95. You may also be able to boot to Safe mode after receiving the error message, shut down, and then restart Windows 95 normally without an error message. The error message occurs only in a cold boot situation.
For information about how to contact Quantum, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/60782/EN-US/ )Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z
Article ID: 164666 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 5.0
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