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windows 98 booting problem

By jworrell ·
I have a computer that was given to me so I do not know the history of it. The problem is when In it on the computer boots and briefly flashes the Windows 98 screen and the immediately goes to the c: prompt. I have looked it the windows directory and all the files for Windows appear to be there. I have also did the F8 thing and it looks right. I have also tried to use a recovery disk and I know that the CD ROM is working but it will not pick up the disk its like it does not recognize the drive.Any ideas of what could be wrong? Or any websites that could helpful. I am trying to get this computer running for my daughter.

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by SyscoKid In reply to windows 98 booting proble ...

If you type "win" at the prompt, does Windows load? If so, you may need to edit your msdos.sys file.

To open the file:

Click Start , point to Find , and then click Files Or Folders .

In the Named box, type msdos.sys . In the Look In box, click your boot drive (usually drive C, or drive H if drive C is compressed). Click the Find Now button.

Right-click the Msdos.sys file, and then click Properties .

Click to clear the Read-Only and Hidden check boxes to remove these attributes from the Msdos.sys file, and then click OK .

Right-click the Msdos.sys file, and then click Open With .

In the Choose the program you want to use box, click NotePad , and then click OK .

Look for a line that starts with BootGUI=. It probably says BootGUI=0. Change it to BootGUI=1. When you are done, save the file as a text document, and then quit NotePad.

Right-click the Msdos.sys file, and then click Properties .

Select the Read-Only and Hidden check boxes to set the attributes for the file, and then click OK . Close the Find window.

Restart Windows.

Reference:

support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q118579

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by jworrell In reply to windows 98 booting proble ...

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by jworrell In reply to windows 98 booting proble ...

I can not get windows to boot att all besides the Windows logo. I can go to the c: prompt can I do the same thing through dos by typing "type Msdos.sys."I can not access notepad is there another way to access this file? I appreciate your prompt answer to my question.
Thanks
Jamie

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by DKlippert In reply to windows 98 booting proble ...

Go to www.bootdisk.com and get a disc that will help you perform a fresh install.

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by TheChas In reply to windows 98 booting proble ...

I vote for dklippert's suggestion.

The best way to deal with any used and unknown PC is to fdisk the hard drive, delete all partitions, and start over with a fresh format and install.

If all you have is a restore CD, and not a Windows 98 CD, you may need to check with the PC mfg for the proper procedure to use the restore disk.

Chas

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by qballrail In reply to windows 98 booting proble ...

Agreed, a fresh install is the best/simplest solution unless you are comfortable with editing system files. Unless you can launch the GUI by typing win at the command prompt, you may have other corrupt files. In some cases, however, just a simple rerun of the installation procedure may suffice without fdisk and formatting.

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by Gigelul In reply to windows 98 booting proble ...

If you don't want to perform a fresh install (this is the good way!) obtain a boot diskette from a fried with the same OS or download from www.bootdisk.com, change in BIOS the boot sequence to A,C,.., start computer from this diskette, in a prompttype <fdisk /mbr>, reboot again computer from diskette, in a prompt type sys c:
Maybe this procedure will correct your startup problems.
About first answer, use "edit" not "notepad".

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