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By sralls ·
Good Day All !
I have Windows 98, IE Version 6. I have a bad Wordpad Install, can't copy & paste to it, although I can to Notepad. Have been told that I have a bad install on Wordpad. Is there any way I can fix thisproblem without competely re-installing Windows 98? I don't have a disk,my system came with Windows already installed!!

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

Hi,

Can you tell us a little more about your problem... what you do and what happens exactly?

Its unlikely that you have a "bad Wordpad Install". More likely something else is wrong - particularly if you simply cant copy and paste.

Anyway... let us know.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by sralls In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

I wanted to copy some info from Outlook Express e-mail to Wordpad, and print it. I highlighted the text and copied,,went to Wordpad, clicked paste and nothing shows up. I can copy & paste to Notepad,,and THEN copy to Wordpad, but although the words will paste,,they will not save, that is, the document (Saved to Documents) will not open.

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by Ann777 In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

Actually, I recommend you go to www.download.com and download WordTabs... It's freeware and works just like other wordprocessors. It cannot hurt to try.

As an alternative, while you may not have the Win98 CD, look for an c:\windows\options\cabs and if you have file in that directory, you essentially have the Win98 install files. You may be able to extract the one file provided you know which cabinet file it is located in. I'm not using anything below Win98 second edition, and so cannot look on the original 98 to find it.

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by sralls In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

I went to the file above,,and there are a whole bunch of cabinet files in there, but I don't know which one it would be. I've never worked with these kinds of files before.

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by Ann777 In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

If you have the c:\windows\options\cabs... then all you need to do is:

1) Find all instances of Wordpad*.* on your current system and delete them.
2) Rerun setup from that path and re-install windows on top of the current installation. Nothing will need to be re-installed and your wordpad files will be replaced with the correct version for your OS (reinstalling win98 on top of the current, will replace the missing files from step 1 above).

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by Ann777 In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

Before doing that, I suggest that you use wordpad without copy/paste. If wordpad works without copy/paste... the first answerer is correct. It's not a wordpad problem. This answer (my answer above), may resolve the problem either way. It will not hurt to do that reinstall on top of the current c:\windows

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by sralls In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

I got Windows 98 when I bought the system,,and do not have the Install CD

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by ManISKid In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

An older style of copying and pasting is to use ctr-inert shift-insert, this has been supported from the beginning. Also, have you tried 'paste special' from the edit menu?

Also if you want to extract .cab files then you can extract them to any directory you want eg 'extract file.cab c:\temp\'
and have a look at the files there. When windows opens windows OS files it looks under the \windows directory.

Hence, you can find the wordpad.exe file (or copy it from somewhere else) and replace it in the \windows directory.

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by sralls In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

This is beyond my current expertise. There is no "paste special" in the edit menu

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by OTL In reply to Bad Wordpad Install

Problem # 1;

If your software (cabinet files on the harddrive) becomes corrupted you will have no way to reinstall the operating system. Buried in the documentation is a one liner stating that upon request from the user (you) the OEM computer manufactorer will provide a system restore disk, contact them about the disk.

You can go to control panel -> add/remove programs -> windows set up and remove wordpad and after a reboot add it back in. Although it may not solve your problem, it willrefresh the program.

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