Posted 20 November 2003 - 10:44 AM
Posted 20 November 2003 - 03:44 PM
1. Have you scanned your system for a virus?
2. Have you tried booting in safe mode to see if you get the same results?
3. Boot with a boot disk and try typing scanreg /restore. Select a date before the problem began, but not older than necessary. You'll also need to reinstall any programs added since the restore date.
You can find bootdisks here. WindowsME boot disk will be the easiest to use as you can type scanreg /restore at the A:\ prompt.
Posted 20 November 2003 - 11:46 PM
is your computer custom built or is it like a hp, dell ,ect. what sort of windows 98 disk do you have is it windows 98se from micosoft or a restore disk that come with your pc?
Posted 21 November 2003 - 11:37 AM
Posted 21 November 2003 - 04:02 PM
Sorry, I removed #4 because I didn't want to confuse you, keeping focused on the task at hand.
The Windows ME boot disk doesn't affect your current system at all. It just loads a simple DOS OS, and some basic troubleshooting tools. If you use bootdisk earlier than WinME you simply need to type "cd system\command" before typing "scanreg /restore".
Tazz asked about a restore disk becuase that would be a simple way to restore all your programs, however you'd lose all your data.
You shouldn't lose any information restoring your registry, however data loss is always a possibilty, if it's important data PLEASE back up before proceeding!
Posted 27 November 2003 - 01:12 PM
Posted 27 November 2003 - 01:39 PM
Posted 28 November 2003 - 10:11 AM
After downloading the boot disk file, you need to run it from your computer. It will prompt you to enter a blank floppy disk, at which time the boot files will be copied to the diskette. When finished, use this diskette as your boot disk.
Posted 28 November 2003 - 04:04 PM
Posted 28 November 2003 - 06:58 PM
selected the oldest date ( 4 days ago)
I anticipated that, but it was worth a shot. I can get kinda ugly from here, so let me look into it a bit. This is where many computer shops would simply reformat and reinstall, but I'm pretty confident we can rebuild your registry, or do a dirty (reinstall) of Windows.
I'm on the way out the door right now, unless someone else steps in here, I'll get back to you tomorrow...
Posted 29 November 2003 - 08:40 AM
I'm concerned with the registry corruption, that you may have other OS errors as well. If you don't care about the files on it, then I would start all over and install Win98 clean to and formatted drive. You won't lose your Hotmail info as it's all stored on a server which you access online.
Posted 29 November 2003 - 03:29 PM
Posted 29 November 2003 - 04:18 PM
My opinion is that as long as your starting fresh, you might as well take this opportunity to upgrade your hard drive. I don't know where you're located, but in the US, if you shop around, a 40gb hard drive can be purchased for around $40. Actually, larger drives can be had now for >$.50/gb.
I'd buy whatever you can get the best deal on. My personal favorites are Maxtor followed by Western Digital.
In addition to having more storage, a modern 7200RPM drive will also increase your systems performance. If your budget allows, consider a drive with an 8mb cache, as this will further increase performance.
Replacing a hard drive is something an average user can easily accomplish. We can walk you through it, and there are usually very clear directions included with the drive.
When replacing your drive, I'd get rid of both your current drives. You can create two (or more) partitions on your new drive. You'll see these as individual "drives" in Windows (C, D, etc).
A good practice is to install your OS (Windows) on one 5gb partition, and leave the remaining for programs and data. Then if you ever need to reformat and install, or upgrade your OS, you can format that partition, while leaving the rest of your data intact.
Please start a new topic, if you have additional questions related to installing a new drive. Hope this helps!
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