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By Dunkitdown2000 ·
I am working on a dell laptop that will only boot to a dos prompt (c:) It will not continue the boot process.What can I do to get it to boot all the way?

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by SyscoKid In reply to Boot issues

I assume you're using Win 9x. If so, go to Windows Explorer, click on View, Options, and make sure Show all Files is checked. Then in the root directory, find msdos.sys, right-click it, go to properties, and uncheck read only. Then open the file with Notepad, and make sure there's a line that reads Boot Gui=1. Save the file, make it read only again, and restart the computer.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Boot issues

OK, how stupid can I be! You can't use Windows Explorer so you can't do what I suggested.

Do what Chipmunk said, type win at the prompt and press enter. If this starts up Windows for you, THEN do what I said to fix the problem permanently.

If Windows doesn't start, then I agree with the suggestion to reinstall.

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by Dunkitdown2000 In reply to Boot issues

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by Chipmunk In reply to Boot issues

If you have Windows 9x. When you get to C type in win then hit enter, if that don't work, then I recommend to reinstall Windows 9x. This should keep all your settings the way it was, just be sure that you install it into the same Windows fold, example: default is C:\Windows. That should bring you back to where you were.
Alvin

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by Dunkitdown2000 In reply to Boot issues

Thank you.

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by tbradley In reply to Boot issues

When you get to the C prompt

type in "ver" without the " " and hit enter

the screen will show you what operating system is loaded. If win 95, or win 98,
type in "dir" without the " " and hit enter

if you see a directory {windows} with brackets, type in path=c:\windows\command

at the c:\prompt, type in edit c:\msdos.sys

change the bootgui to =1

save the file, and re-boot.

If you don't see win95/98, or there are no windows directories on your c: drive, then you have no choice but to reload.

good luck

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by jnicks In reply to Boot issues

There is one other thing you can do to get yourself booted into windows if you are using windows 9x. At your C prompt, type the following commands.

ren autoexec.bat autoexec.old
ren config.sys config.old

That will rename your Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files. Neither of these files are required to boot into windows, but they can contain entries which prevent it. This usually occurs after loading legacy software or hardware, but not always. If you have any important drivers loadingin those lines, you'll want to consult your manuals and perhaps reinstall those to get new, cleaner config.sys and autoexec.bat files.

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by jnicks In reply to Boot issues

Oh yeah, you can also try typing exit and hitting enter. That sometimes does it too.

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