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Windows protection error??

By ScarlettAL ·
The computer froze up, then when rebooted, it came up and said "error reading drive C. Abort?Retry?Ignore?Fail?"

Then it tried to go into safe mode, and it won't load. It is trying to give an error, but it won't give the complete error. It first said "White initializing VK" and would do nothing else. Reboot....and it tried going into safe mode again. It was giving a little more of the error. After rebooting several times, the most of the error it gives is "While initializing VK Windows protection error. Y" Now it just gives variations of that and nothing further.

It's running Win98. Any ideas??

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by Poettone In reply to Windows protection error? ...

Well, my first thing to make sure of is that the error says VKD not VXD!. I have seen a VXD error many times, never VKD. If it in fact will not let you run in any other mode but safe mode, I'll assume also that you can choose command line promt. Theoption to go in safe mode is set in a windows system fikle to run after a bad shutdown. I would think that by setting up windows again will fix your Virtual Device Driver (VXD) problem. The best way would be to boot to a Win98 startup disk and choose option #1 with Cd-rom Support and then run setup from your cd rom drive with your windows disc in the drive. That should solve your dilemma. What will happen is windows will ssetup again and still retain all your programs and file settings. Works 99% of the time. Keep me posted.

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by ScarlettAL In reply to Windows protection error? ...

Thanks, I tried to do this, but it would not even get to the Win98 set up. It would freeze in the middle of loading the cd-rom drivers.

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by dmiles In reply to Windows protection error? ...

This was most likely a VxD error and this is will happen when you may have a corrupt driver.Use the startup disk and see if you can load the files from floppy then reboot your system,after the reboot and the system starts up run scan disk to check for any disk errors.Update your display adapter driver to see if this helps.hope this helps

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by ScarlettAL In reply to Windows protection error? ...

Thanks, I ran scandisk, but didn't do the thorough scan, and it still didn't help.

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by dsmith8369 In reply to Windows protection error? ...

I agree with the other two replies concerning the extension VXD (VKD) usually this can easily be rectified by entering in safe mode which might be your only option removing the last app you installed reboot and see if that works, if not assuming youare keeping regular breakoints in the registry as you update your hardware, software and patches, you could use the system restore and restore to the next earliest date. All apps that write to the registry will need to be attended to usually by reinstalling the applications. There are many other ways to deal with this problem but I hope the sledgehammer is not needed. Hope this may be of some use to you

Dave dsmith8369@aol.com

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by ScarlettAL In reply to Windows protection error? ...

Sorry, the computer would not go into Safe Mode at all.

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by dsmith8369 In reply to Windows protection error? ...

I agree with the other two replies concerning the extension VXD (VKD) usually this can easily be rectified by entering in safe mode which might be your only option removing the last app you installed reboot and see if that works, if not assuming youare keeping regular breakoints in the registry as you update your hardware, software and patches, you could use the system restore and restore to the next earliest date. All apps that write to the registry will need to be attended to usually by reinstalling the applications. There are many other ways to deal with this problem but I hope the sledgehammer is not needed. Hope this may be of some use to you

Dave dsmith8369@aol.com

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by ScarlettAL In reply to Windows protection error? ...

Sorry, the computer would not go into Safe Mode at all.

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by OTL In reply to Windows protection error? ...

I agree with 1 & 2 but this could also be a Virus Joke (Virtual Kill Device). If you can boot to the DOS prompt try running Scandisk (for disk errors) and your virus program.

Good Luck!

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by ScarlettAL In reply to Windows protection error? ...

Thanks, I ran the Scandisk, and then the virus program. It didn't find any infected files, but did find a bad disk cluster.

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