Rebooted Windows 98 but it is still not starting!
Posted 23 March 2005 - 05:45 AM
Posted 23 March 2005 - 06:31 AM
That part is normal.
The boot record is fixable, but before we do that, just to be safe, what files were you moving onto your computer when it froze?
What version Windows did you have on the old computer, and what version on the new computer.
And where were you putting the files?
Posted 23 March 2005 - 06:40 AM
Thank you for replying - I appreciate it!
Well, my old operating system was Windows 98. New Pc is Windows XP Home. I was accessing an accounts programme (SAGE) when the old pc froze and I closed it down. The file I need is an excel file but I just need to save it to a floppy which why I'm hoping not to have to loss what is on the old computer.
Posted 23 March 2005 - 07:20 AM
If it is just one or two files, it may just be easier to copy them to a floppy in DOS and move them over. Do you have any idea how large the file(s) is?
While normally safe, there is a little risk in repairing a boot record--not much, but a little.
At the same time, using alternate methods is completely safe, since if only the boot record is damaged, the files remain intact.
The DOS command is easy and I can give it to you to retype.
Also, the boot disk...where did you get it? The only gotcha is there is not much room on a typical boot disk, so that will have to be modified or you can use a different one.
Posted 23 March 2005 - 07:25 AM
I got a copy of the Boot Record from a friend who copied it onto a floppy disk (1.44MB)??? If that makes any sense?
If I managed to recover the file, could I use the dos command to reinstall windows?
Thank you again,
Posted 23 March 2005 - 07:38 AM
a:\>copy c:\mydocu~1\filename.xls a:\
You will either get a message saying 1 file copied or not enough room on the disk
and yes, we can get your computer back up and running with the boot disk, (possibly), or it may require the Windows CD.
After you copy the floppy, though, could you restart your comptuer without the floppy and give me the EXACT message...there are subtle variations.
Posted 23 March 2005 - 07:39 AM
Posted 23 March 2005 - 08:16 AM
Posted 23 March 2005 - 08:35 AM
Although I haven't the file copied I have restarted the computer without the floppy and this is the exact message I am getting:
SEARCHING FOR BOOT RECORD FROM FLOPPY..NOT FOUND
SEARCHING FOR BOOT RECORD FROM IDE-O..OK
INVALID SYSTEM DISK
REPLACE THE DISK AND THEN PRESS ANY KEY
I feel so useless!!! I really do appreciate you taking the time to help me.
Posted 23 March 2005 - 08:57 AM
Posted 23 March 2005 - 09:04 AM
It's not loading Windows for me.
Posted 23 March 2005 - 09:10 AM
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