One last comment and a new question.
If you are a technician, and already know how to fly thru a complicated case, make sure you take some time and on the paper carefully examine the requirements of every step. For example, for this project, when the hard disk crashed, I believe i had to have the license for win95 already installed on the system for a installation over a hard disk with lost FAT table, Otherwise, my efforts would not be fruitful. When working for others, they need to know of that. Otherwise your efforts will not be paid for.
Also, after i was done on this project, the customer tried to find me the next day, they still had a problem (new one). Their other PC, didn't print direct to local port. (this is an antique shop BTW and they have two pcs peer'd with 95 OS)
I spent another hour trying to troubleshoot the DOS based foxpro software setting to get the printer to go and it was intermittent.
Then i had to take off to small claims court! 'cause i was taking a client to small claims court.
Anyway, after i get back from court, i go to the shop, and guess what a customer had walked in and suggested them to change the printer cable.
Yes somehow, the printer cable had gone bad & for the quick hour i was there , i wouldn't have guessed that. i believe i would have spent another day on this matter before arriving at that conclusion.
One thing that threw me off, was somehow one peer couldn't print to another peer's shared printer.
Now, the new question i have is , when setting peer's printers, is it enough that the peer printer is the default printer, or somehow capturing lpt1: is needed thru DOS ?
I would think setting default printer would take care of it. however, after i spent so much time configuring this matter, it would work the next day.
Hardware was old and sometimes that makes it a headache, i was lucky someone off the street suggested printer cable to be replaced though!
So, i guess i would watch out for things a bit more carefully . I was a bit rusty on this project, as i am getting back to picking up some clients. But I am sure pushing 40 years old has to do with it too.
Take care and great job folks.