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I pulled out my ancient Pentium 100Mhz running Windows 95 to play a game from 1996. This game has a critical bug in it that requires a patch. The problem is, the computer has no way to connect to the Internet or to the LAN. I tried burning a CD-rom on my Windows 7 PC to run on the Win95 PC, but it doesn't even recognize that there's a disc in the drive. I did some research, and apparently Windows 95 can't read UDF format. All the solutions recommend, of course, downloading a driver or fix or somesuch, which is my entire problem in the first place. I tried formatting the CD-rom on my Win7 PC, but all the format choices are versions of UDF. Is there a way to get Windows 7 to format in way that is compatible with Windows 95?

EDIT: I think the problem may be that I only have CD-RWs. I think a regular CD-R might work, but I can't find any in the house. I'll see if I can scrounge one up and try that.

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I suggest you try Infra Recorder ( for burning the disc. – James Jun 16 '12 at 22:18
That doesn't to have any options to change the file format. I burned the files to the CD using it, and it failed in the same way on my Win95 PC. – Joe M Jun 16 '12 at 23:14
I found some options to write in ISO-9660, which my research indicates should be the most widely readable, but burning that way didn't work. I also tried creating an .iso files, and THEN burning that image to the disc, but it also failed. – Joe M Jun 17 '12 at 1:35
I acquired some regular CD-Rs yesterday, and will attempt to burn one this evening. – Joe M Jun 18 '12 at 21:16

You could try using Mastered format, as described here:

This explains the formats:

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Ach, I really thought that was going to work, as I originally wasn't getting that dialog because the CD-RW already had some files on it, so I think it was writing as a USB device. I erased everything and tried burning like a CD, but it still didn't work. I'm afraid this is because I formatted the CD-RW in UDF format, and now it's just not going to work in Win95. I'd vote up your answer if I could though. – Joe M Jun 17 '12 at 0:03
Finally got enough reputation to come back and upvote this. Cheers. – Joe M May 23 '13 at 17:50
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Well, I gave up on this solution, and instead created a Windows XP virtual machine. I was able to install the game there and get the patch copied to the VM.

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