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Win 98 SE won't boot

By copiserv ·
I accidentally moved all files in C drive that were not in folders to the recycle bin. Too make things worse, I restarted the laptop, and it won't boot. The Windows 98 display comes up and then immediately goes to a dos prompt that looks like this: C
The problem is that the PC is an IBM laptop with no internal CDROM or floppy. I have a floppy drive but only a USB CDROM. Are there any files that I can copy onto floppy That will enable me to restart the computer and restore those files from the recycle bin?

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Win 98 SE won't boot

by Ann777 In reply to Win 98 SE won't boot

When you boot from the hdd, Win98 comes up and it goes to c: ???

No problem. All you need to do is pull out your Win98SE cd, and rerun setup.exe on to the same system and directory. It will not erase anything there, it will only replace the missing files.

If you don't want to reload Win98SE, then you can also create an AUTOEXEC.BAT with the following contents:

cd windows
win

If you had the standard root c:, you are missing command.com (and in fact, a duplicate of that file exists in c:\windwows -- so you can issue the following at the command prompt "copy c:\windows\command.com c:" ) and get it back.

But the problem is that you probably deleted the hidden file MSDOS.SYS which means that the system boots, but doesn't know where Win98SE is.

So you have two options....

1) reinstall Win98SE

OR

2) use autoexec.bat to startup windows.

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Win 98 SE won't boot

by Ann777 In reply to Win 98 SE won't boot

actually you have a third option if you did not empty the recycle bin....

issue the following commands at the c prompt:

cd\windows (and press Enter)
win (and press Enter)

then go ahead and move back from the recycle bin:
command.com
msdos.sys
io.sys
and any other files that are greyed out (they are hidden files) and probably good to have in case.

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