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merc1949

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Windows won't even load. I am using my friends comp for you help on mine... I get this message "Configuration Manager cannot load because one of the following files is either not present or has an invalid version number.
VMM.VXD
SHELL.VXD
VTD.VXD
VXDLDR.VXD
VPICD.VXD
VWIN32.VXD
Try running setup again. Press any key to continue".
When I press a key the comp shuts down.
HELP HELP HELP!!!!!!
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got a windows 98 cd?
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Yes, and a win 98 boot-up disk
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Tracking that problem is a pain.

Set your computer to boot from the cd-rom as the first boot device

insert the windows 98 cd

reinstall windows over itself (same directory)
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Won't that wipe out the programs and all of the files I have stored on this machine???.. Is there a way to do a reinstall without sacraficing the data I have in the machine????
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No, when you reinstall windows over itself--it is called a refresh.

This assumes this is a WINDOWS DISK and not a SYSTEM RECOVER DISK supplied by a OEM.

But you MUST install windows to the SAME directory as before.

So, what do you have??
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It is not a recovery disk..

It is a windows 98 installation disc..

It has written on it:

For distribution with a new PC only.
For product support, contact the manufacturer of your PC

This is a custom PC not "Dell" "Gateway" "HP Compact" type product
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Also Will it show give me the option to install it to the same directory.. Anotherwords at this point I do not know what directory windows is located in on this computer
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Most likely c:\windows

If you like, use your start up disk to get to an A;\ prompt, type

c:
then
dir /p

look for

windows <dir>
or
win98 <dir>
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I'll give it a try.. Thanks for your help and patience!!!
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as long as you put windows in the same direction, you should be ok unless your system is really messed up--and then, you're not getting it back as it was anyway,

Even if it is messed up, you will still get your data back (but not programs)
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