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Win98SE BOOTUP stalls at first splash screen

By Pap_Samuels ·
Sometimes it does/does not complete full bootup to Desktop from a COLD start.
We are currently "working around" this by booting up
in safe mode and then restarting to normal mode;
which gives us OUR computer back to use!
We have waited a full five minutes for the stalled
splash screen to change to the desktop.
We have about three gigs of free disk space waiting
for your answers!

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by zlitocook In reply to Win98SE BOOTUP stalls at ...

Try deleting all your cookies, temp. files. There are a lot of freeware programs that will do this. Check your start up programs, start, settings, taskbar and start menu. Start menu programs and then go to advanced,then go to start up. This shows some of the programs that start when your computer boots up. Go to for a program to delete a lot of stuff you do not need.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Win98SE BOOTUP stalls at ...

In addition.
If you can get into msconfig, disable Startup and reboot.

If the windows install is older than 2 years, your DAT files may have become unmanagable. You can try booting into DOS mode and run:
c:\regscan /fix

Or you can try re-installing windows 98 from the original CD.
good Luck.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Win98SE BOOTUP stalls at ...

Hi Pap

Have you tried running SFC (system file checker) from the Run command? You will need your Windows installation disk inserted in your drive (unless you have the installation files on your hard drive).

Running SFC checks all the Windows files and lets you make sure you are using the latest version of your dll's plus it will give you the option toreplace any corrupt files that it identifies.

Good luck

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by cglrcng In reply to Win98SE BOOTUP stalls at ...

You have the Win98SE Shutdown Supplement installed?

Go here, download, install & reboot. Turn off any AV or other programs using Ctrl+Alt+Delete before installing (Very Important!);

Remove any spaces in the above URL.

Good Luck...Could also try a full Scandisk to see if that cures the problem...But it may just be as simple as a hardware driver needing updating or a NIC card driver that is junk also. Try the supplement as it can be blown away by applications or drivers installations or other software updates.

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by cglrcng In reply to

close the space between the words down & loads in that url after pasting in your browser and it will actually work.

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