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W98 boots to dos prompt

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Windows 98 boots to dos prompt. When you try to type something on the keyboard, the dos prompt goes away and you get a blank screen. Can anyone give me some advice?

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by mslizny In reply to W98 boots to dos prompt

Whenever a machine boots to the DOS prompt it is an indication that it was unable to boot the Windows operating system. There is usually a command in the autoexec.bat file that cannot be executed.

To find the problem, you need to go to the DOS start-up menu, as follows:
After you turn the machine on, press and hold the CTRL key until the Microsoft Windows 98 Startup Menu appears.
Enter the number for Step-by-step confirmation, and then press ENTER.
For each command you want to run, press Y.
If the command runs successfully, you are prompted with the next command.

If the command does not run successfully, you receive an error message.

To skip a command, press N.

Notes
For some machines, you can use F8 instead of CTRL to bring up the Microsoft Windows 98 Startup Menu.

After you finish this procedure, you may need to restart your computer before Windows will start properly.

(from Windows 98 Help)

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by dmiles In reply to W98 boots to dos prompt

At the MS-DOS command prompt,type the following command
deltree<drive>:winboot.ini
where <drive> is the drive where the winboot.ini is
Answer yes (Y) when prompted to delete winboot.ini
Restart your computer

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by jmatt In reply to W98 boots to dos prompt

Go to Start, Shutdown, Restart in MSDOS.
You'll be at c:\windows. Type in cd\ and press Enter.
Once at the c prompt type in the following
ren autoexec.bat autoexec.moo (acutally any 3 letter will do for the
last part...which I have chosen to bemoo) then press enter. You'll
be at a c prompt again. Then type ren config.sys config.moo press
Enter.
You'll be at a c prompt.
Press CTRL-ALT-DEL or just shut down the system and turn it back on.
That will get you out of a DOS Loop most of the time.
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http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q136/4/16.asp

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