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#31
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yes. I just opened it on this computer and it says that the only file in there is a file exactly titled "wininit.new".

could something have gone wrong during the extraction process? I could retry that whole first part.
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no
ok go to dos on the old computer and at the windows prompt
c:\windows> Type (dir/p) press enter
does this give you a list of files?
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no. it gives me this:

Volume in drive C has no label
Then it lists the drive's serials number
Directory of C:\

File Not Found
16,891.88 MB Free


That's all it will tell me...
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did you boot into dos mode or are you running dos from within safe mode?
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oh man, I don't know. How can I tell? I restarted and it took me to a screen that said, "Microsoft Windows Millenium Startup Menu". Is that where I want to be?
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does it give you any options

DO NOT PANIC

Edited by peterm, 17 May 2005 - 12:36 AM.

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Yes, the options it gives me are:

1. Normal
2. Logged (\BOOTLOG.TXT)
3. Safe Mode
4. Step-by-step confirmation

Then it prompts me to enter a choice.
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Ok. Booted in DOS mode and retraced your steps to get to dir|more. It worked! I found wininit.exe on the drive.

I am going to let it sit in DOS until I know how to proceed. I think I'm up to speed now though, which is nice...
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sitting at the dos screen, you should be able to type

copy a:\wininit.new c:\windows\wininit.exe

overwrite if asked, reboot.
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That would have worked very well, but therein lies the problem. I have extracted wininit.exe to my a: floppy disk and it says that the extraction and copying process was successful.

I changed the name of the file on my floppy to wininit.new, then booted up in DOS and looked for the file on the a: drive. It's name always changes to WININI~1.EXE or WININI~2.EXE.

This is strange. There is no trace of the extracted file I had just put on my disk.

Ideas?
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why are you renaming it in the first place?

you don't have to
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I was renaming it at the suggestion of peterm who was previously helping me. I will try to keep the file named as it is and follow the steps again.
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Have told Gerryf why I renamed the file I use this as a sfegaurd/fallback.
When we get you going I will explain my method
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Ok Lets step back 1
delete the file on the 3.5" floppy
go to the ME machine and extract the wininit.exe file again.
change to windows C:\windows>
type in rename wininit.exe wininit.bak (There is a space between names)
YES we do want to rename this file only not the one on the floppy.
you should now be back at the c:\windows> with the floppy in the drive
type copy a:*.* press enter this should copy the file from the floppy to the
windows directory remove the floppy and reboot.
if in doubt do nothing and ask

Edited by peterm, 18 May 2005 - 06:00 PM.

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