Boot failure in Windows 98 operating system

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Boot failure
C drive
DOS
Windows 98
WINDOWS 98 - WILL NOT BOOT. I CAN GET TO C: PROMPT BUT EVEN THAT DOES NOT DO WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED AS FAR AS DOS COMMANDS IS CONCERNED IE CD, LIST, ETC. ... HOW CAN I GET THE SYSTEM TO BOOT

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WINDOWS 98 ,,, OLDER DESKTOP COMPUTER NEC
ASKED: June 17, 2010  3:20 PM
UPDATED: June 18, 2010  10:30 AM

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Woah, old school!! Brings back some memories!!

It sounds like you have some file corruption for whatever reason, perhaps a HDD on its way out?! There are lot of .sys files in Win98 used in the boot process and its likely to be those that are corrupt or missing.

You can perform a repair with the Win98SE CD if you have it. If not it will be readily available no doubt in torrent land.

Alternatively if you just want to have a poke and perhaps copy the missing or broken files from another 98 machine then create a bootdisk floppy and copy them manually. You can get a suitable bootdisk image from bootdisk.com

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  • jinteik
    Yeah what Mattmather say is so true...old school..... anyway you will need a boot disk and if you want to make sure the system is clean just format it and install it once again and all will be good.
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  • r3boot
    yeah! old school..a bit of trip to memory lane...a quick fix for that is just reinstall the windows 98 SE..another did you encounter any error messages when the windows 98 loads up?another thing is maybe a missing "system.ini" or "win.ini" bec. this 2 files are important without this no doubt windows 98 will not load up.
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