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windows 98 is not starting automatically

By kevinnc64 ·
I recently had a problem in which numerous system files were lost (not sure why... hard disk error? virus scans do not indicate a problem). Regardless, I have managed to at least get things running again by utilizing the SYS command, as well as manually rebuilding an autoexec.bat and config.sys (not sure why I had to do this either, but it at least allowed me to start up Windows).

Now.. . when I boot up, I get the Windows logo screen, but then it just goes to a C prompt. I can type the Win command and start Windows manually. What's wrong here?

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by willcomp In reply to windows 98 is not startin ...

Add these 2 lines as last lines in autoexec.bat file:



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by p.j.hutchison In reply to windows 98 is not startin ...

I suggest you reinstall Windows again as it sounds too corrupted to work properly.

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by aquaris In reply to windows 98 is not startin ...

Yes Re-installation is sensible...

check out if you have...*.cab files in

Windows\options directory...
if they are then there will be a setup file too..
running this setup file...will allow you to re-install without CD ....
If they are not there...
then I am afraid you will have to use the Installation CD....

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by Blackcurrant In reply to windows 98 is not startin ...


It seems you have somehow configured Windows to start in DOS mode. This can be done by editing the hidden system file MSDOS.SYS and editing the BootGUI line to read:


To edit this file you need to turn off the hidden attribute. To do this type:

attrib -h msdos.sys

at a command prompt, then type

edit msdos.sys

and edit the file. When finished save your changes, exit the editor and then type

attrib +h msdos.sys

If you do decide to check this file and discover that you do need to edit this line so that it reads BootGUI=1 (so that it boots as you would expect it to), make sure that you do not add any extra lines or remove any lines. This is because the MSDOS.SYS file needs to be 1024 bytes exactly.

Good luck

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by Blackcurrant In reply to


Here's a link to a site that lists all the parameters used in the MSDOS.SYS file

This site is also a gold mine of information for MS-DOS in general.

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by DouglasB In reply to windows 98 is not startin ...

To find out if you are booting into DOS mode, type "exit" (without quotation marks) at the DOS prompt. It should boot into windows from that point. "Restart Windows in DOS" mode may have been inadvertantly selected during a shut down.

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by DouglasB In reply to

Hit the ENTER key after you type exit

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