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Help Again Please? Win98 EXPLORER IPF

By cglrcng ·
O, I'm back w/ a stickier problem than the one earlier this week. First one w/ a solution that actually gets me into Windows normally or even into working in Safe Mode for that matter, and doesn't actually contain the words or the meaning of "Reformat" or "re-install Windows" gets the 1000 points. Will award some to those that also contain answers that work somewhat but do not cover that which I have already tried.

A Dell OptiPlex GX-1 Tower 450MHZ P-III on a Planar MB, 128MB, 8.4 GB HDD (32% of drive in use)running Win98SE- Belongs to a school (10 yr. teachers' classroom puter, data invaluable, no backup of course!). Registry & system recently cleaned 3 mos. ago, runs maint nightly (clean, scan & frag).

A young student attempted (without permission of course) to install a program from CD; MR. POTATO HEAD after installation of 2 LEGO game programs from CD's (he of course didn't shut down anything running or restart between installs. Uggggh!!!)

By the time I'm called the box won't boot into Windows completely. Boot seems fine until it gets to the desktop opening (except on the Win Flash logo screen the blue bar has little to no movement, drive is working hard tho). The network logon window opens, as soon as an attempt is made to go past the logon to network, either way (click cancel without a PW and the IPF is instant), (click OK, and a Windows Logon window opens), password is not accepted to Logon to Windows (unknown if he also entered a PW to log onto windows, as it was formerly blank), click cancel and the same illegal oper. warning showing the same IPF window comes up. (cont.)

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by cglrcng In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

Explorer (The Message!)

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.
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EXPLORER caused an invalid page fault in module EXPLORER.EXE at 015f:00401f31.
Registers:
EAX=00000000 CS=015f EIP=00401f31 EFLGS=00010246
EBX=00000001 SS=0167 ESP=005fff1c EBP=005fff24
ECX=c15adb40 DS=0167 ESI=00000000 FS=2e8f
EDX=005fff2c ES=0167 EDI=00000000 GS=0000Bytes at CS:EIP:
8b 08 50 ff 11 8b 45 08 50 8b 08 ff 51 08 8b 45
Stack dump:
00401ee0 005fff2c 005fff64 00405cac 00000000 00000000 00000000

00000001 00404436 0059fc30 00000008 00000000 00000000 00000000

0000ffff 65f17038

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by dmiles In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

Boot the computer using a Startup disk,insert in floppy drive and boot,when the scrren comes up,select to boot computer without cd rom support,at command prompt,type fdisk /mbr,then reboot,and following the previous instructions with letting the disk reload the startup files,eject disk and reboot

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by cglrcng In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

soulrider,

I'll post another question in this category for you in a few and all you need do is enter your name & collect the points. Please don't take offense @ the rejection here, the points await you up there bro.

Thanx for the try.

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by cglrcng In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

I have tried to boot using Win98 Start-up disk made on that machine,(will boot others just fine), and tried 2 others, a win98 CD, a NSW 2002 Pro CD, it boots to the prompt fine, checked the boot partition w/ fdisk (looks fine), and have run a full updated Norton's AV in DOS from a set of newly created Rescue Disks- AV Scan says no viruses in either MEM, BOOT or SYSTEM. Also ran Disk DR., HDD checks out fine. I located an MS document that called out the specific IPF and renamed the file, and extracted & replaced it-no change. Then found another MS doc. which called out to rename Explorer.exe & extracted & replaced it from the CABS on C as it is an OEM install.

Have also tried the following in DOS: Clean boots too numerous to mention, SYS:C, CHKDSK, SCANDISK, boot w/ shift pressed, and booting into Safe Mode (this is the same result in SM (same exact IO/IPF in Safe Mode no less). At the end of my rope, I'd re-install or even go to formatting the drive if they could find the original key & CD-but of course this is the only machine that those are on the missing list of course! Any Ideas anyone & everyone. Please on a bended knee...Too tired now to even stand up. Lol.

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by cglrcng In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

BTW, did I mention the cab files are on the drive right where they belong? If you need any more info. I'm loaded for bear!

Thank you all. As I seem to be getting the real dawgs (nasty stubborn machines), lately.

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by cglrcng In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

Thanks for the try soulrider, I'll give ya an atta boy and a few points for your time, fdisk/mbr wasn't a helper there, still same problem. I'm attempting to rename shdocvw.dll to .old per Q175930 right now (It wasn't found, may be deleted or missing), I just haven't figured out exactly how to extract it from "the proper media" yet per the Q. It isn't in the CAB they called out, and the browser has been updated to IE 6.0. I have the file in the latest version on floppy, just can't figure out how to get it into C:\Windows\System yet...can't seem to extract it anywhere succesfully.

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by TheChas In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

Well, there are several ways to re-install W98 without loosing the data on the drive.

I would start by booting from the startup disk, and running setup.
Either using the CAB files on the drive, or the CD.

You may loose some settings, but you will not loose any data.

Still having problems?
Remove a few 'key' system files and re-install Windows.
Clear out the C:\Windows\System32 folder of ALL VXD files.
Delete the 6 system files:
Autoexec,
Config
Win.ini
System.ini
System.dat
User.dat

The BIG negative here, is that Windows will no longer recognize ANY of the installed programs, network, or dial-up settings!

Still problems?
Delete the entire Windows folder and sub-folders, along with the files in the root folder.

Other tricks:
Install the drive as a slave in a working system.
Backup the data files.
Explore the drive and registry to find what is wrong and correct it.

Here is a link to a TR article on rebuilding the registry from DOS.

http://tinyurl.com/5jrt

Don't know of too many other options.

Chas

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by cglrcng In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

Well Chas,

You get the big prize and I'm off to write my batch files. I'll give you a holler when and if it rebuilds correctly as I'm going to take the shot thru DOS this time. I put my daily faith in reg cleaners when I can get into windows, might as well learn how to do it thru DOS when I can't.

Thank's again Bro.

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by cglrcng In reply to Help Again Please? Win98 ...

Good idea Chas, but will I run into key prob's. without the software? They still haven't located the book or the disk yet. Sure after I can get in I can get the key...but until then it's going to ask me for it during setup right?

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