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Boot with Emergency System Disk

By khill114 ·
I finally have an Emergency Boot Disk for Windows Millennium with a host of additional files that may be needed. If someone could please give me the step-by-step procedure of how to use the Emergency Boot Disk and have it start my system. I had the problem of "System Disk Error" after downloading a McAffee VirusScan Update - which caused me to not be able to load Windows ME. Thank you.

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Boot with Emergency System Disk

by TheChas In reply to Boot with Emergency Syste ...

There is the "startup" disk which is a floppy designed to boot the PC and make it smart enough to read from the CD drive and install Windows.

Most "Emergency" Disks are either from the system manufacture, or created by 3rd party software solutions.

Please provide details as to your system, and what disk you actually have.
Do you have an actual Windows Me CD?

CAUTION: Most Emergency / Recovery disks provided by a system manufacture are designed to return the PC to the state it was in when you bought it.
ALL user files and installed software are usually lost when you run the recovery program.

Chas

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Boot with Emergency System Disk

by fred07 In reply to Boot with Emergency Syste ...

About the only thing you can do at this point is put your startup[boot] disk in and boot to it in BIOS if necessary. Then at the A prompt, type in " scandisk c: " without the quotes of course. As is normal TheChas is on top of it in his answer.

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Boot with Emergency System Disk

by colin_mendonca In reply to Boot with Emergency Syste ...

there could be many reasons.firstly,your boot disk has corrupted or the files have not been loaded properly.try replacing the disk.
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your operating system has not been loaded properly.try reloading the OS to fix errors if any.

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by nusferatu22 In reply to Boot with Emergency Syste ...

It is usually caused by faulty cable of the mouse or in other words the mouse is broken. Try replacing your PS2 mouse. Extensive gaming usually tends to strain the mouse cable too much.

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by nusferatu22 In reply to Boot with Emergency Syste ...

Try booting in safe mode by pressing F8 before the windows logo appear. Uninstalling the Anti Virus may solve this problem or restoring it to a restore point before the time you updated your anti-virus software.

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Boot with Emergency System Disk

by lee.paxton In reply to Boot with Emergency Syste ...

Another problem that it could be, is a corrupt boot sector (the part that tells the disk how to load windows).

What you need to do, is boot from the emergency boot disk, and when it comes to a dos prompt (black screen with white writing) in the a type c: then return

If it goes to c: then the disk is ok, and the bootsector needs to be recreated. If not, you may need a new disk.

Fixing the boot sector:
at the a from the emergency repair disk, type Fdisk c: /mbr (mbr = mend boot record, or something like that, and is harmless to information stored on the disk).

Hope this helps.

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Boot with Emergency System Disk

by OTL In reply to Boot with Emergency Syste ...

Windows ME came with System Recovery Disks which returns the PC to out-of-box system settings and clears the C drive of all files, the emergency recovery disk allows DOS based access to the computer system. Loads "normal" DOS system tools to a virtual logical drive.

Answer 6 should get the drive to be bootable again. Additionally you may want to run scandisk after fdisk to verify there are no problems with the HD. SCANDISK/? will give you all the options for scandisk.

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Boot with Emergency System Disk

by khill114 In reply to Boot with Emergency Syste ...

Thank you all for your helpful suggestions. Unfortnately, I had to uninstall then reinstall Windows ME-clearing out all files that I had not copied or backed up. One thing I did do this time was to "Partition" my drive using "C drive-Disk 1" for utility, program, system, and important documents and "D drive-Disk 1" for Music, Photos, Games, etc. and files that I want to share. This also increases my memory. Again, Thanks.

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