Lets not throw it out just yet.
You said you have computers at work with 98
1) Do they have a 98 cd you can borrow?
2) Does the computer at work have a cd burner?
If it has a burner then we need to see if the cab files are on the hard drive.
Go to Start > Find > files or folders. In the box that pops up next to Named (top line) *.cab find now
If the files are there they should look like Win98_02.cab (about 14 – 15 or more files)
If they show up burn them to a cd.
If you do not have have a burner at work or the files are not there then get a 3.5” floppy disk and on the computer at work
· Start, pointing to Settings, clicking Control Panel, double-clicking Add/Remove Programs, and then clicking the Startup Disk tab.
· To make a startup disk, you will need one floppy disk with at least 1.2 MB capacity.
· When you insert the startup disk in your computer before restarting, the computer starts from that disk, not from your hard drive.
· Or go to www.bootdisk.com & make a bootdisk
· The startup / boot disk goes on to a floppy not a cd.
This will leave us with 2 options
1) We try the 98 upgrade disk you have with the boot disk. If I am not on line when you get to this point have a look if Wannabe1 is on line 1 of us will guide you through what to do next.
2) This option should start the computer however any programs you have on the computer that write files to the registry – Microsoft office etc will not work unless you have the original cd.
1. Restart the computer. When you see the "Starting Windows 98" message, press the F8 key, and then select Safe mode command prompt only from the Startup menu.
2. Type the following command to move to the Windows folder cd \windows
3. Type the following line:
attrib -s -h -r system.dat
4. Type the following line:
ren system.dat system.xxx
5. Type the following line:
6. Type the following line:
attrib -s -h -r system.1st
7. Type the following line
copy system.1st c:\windows\system.dat
8. Type the following line:
attrib +s +h +r system.1st
9. Restart your computer.
Edited by peterm, 07 November 2005 - 02:17 AM.