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"Easy" Reinstalling of Windows 98

By Dream Weaver ·
Following a tech-site's posted "tip", I reinstalled Win 98 after first changing the name of "WIN.COM" (this was done to save my old icons and settings) and making "SYSTEM.DAT" accessible in case I needed to undo the new install. When I reinstalled Win 98, the old programs and icons were saved allright, but now all the file associations (mostly DLL files) are "missing" and the programs are inaccessable. Windows placed the new install in a "Windows001" folder. I tried changing the Registry settings to point to the old "Windows" folder--didn't work. How can I re-associate the old programs with the missing files?

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by richard_barsby In reply to "Easy" Reinstalling of Wi ...

Hi this is the age old problem with doing a reinstall of WINDOWS is that you loose all the links to the previously installed software. The easiest way is to reinstall all the software this will not overwrite your data but will put back the links to windows, the other way is even more long winded which involves puuting all the dll files in the correct windows directory and editing the registry, words do not even hint how difficult this would be.

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by tlippert In reply to "Easy" Reinstalling of Wi ...

Renaming win.com is not the answer. Reinstalling win98 on a system is usually a straight forward job, however. When you went through the install on one of the pages it asked you where you want to put this install. If you removed win.com and then reinstalled then setup is going to point you to a new folder called windows001. The only way to go back is to run setup again and make sure it points to the windows folder. However I don't know what registry tweaks you made to try to fix it and if they won't make it **** up on you when you reinstall to the right folder.

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by rthompson In reply to "Easy" Reinstalling of Wi ...

In addition to the deletion or renaming of "win.com" there is another file named "winoa386.mod" found in the system directory. Deletion of these two files (From a command prompt) and then executing setup from a clean DOS boot and making sure that the install directory is "Windows" NOT "Windos001". This keeps the programs and shortcuts intact. I have used this proceedure for years to "comb out" a fouled Windows install. the sucess rate is about 90%. I have never had to delete or rename the registry.

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