To make the boot floppy work you'll have to go into setup and change the boot sequence to floppy first. Then what will need to be done is to extract the missing files from the cabinet files. On most Compaqs the cabinet files are usually in Windows\options\cabs\ so you may not need the restore disk. This will all have to be done in ms-dos mode, since you can't get in in safe mode, using the boot floppy. Once the win.ini file is extracted you may be able to boot to windows by taking the floppy out. One potential problem is that some of the missing files may be "built up" during windows installation, if that's true you may just have to reinstall windows!
Are you up to doing this? It's quite a procedure, even for someone with a little experience, but if you want to try there are folks here, myself included, who will help you and are good at explaining things.
PS: On second thought it might just be easier to run the reinstallation of windows with the cabinet files, BUT you need to have the ProductKey handy. I should be on the computer case or the back of the Getting Started with Windows98 handbook. It will also be in the machine registry but you don't have access to it. By running the installation from the cabs and not the CD disk you will keep your settings and programs, and any malware too, I might add.
After you've managed to boot with the floppy and the prompt finally comes up (it seems to take forever) type in
C:\windows\options\cabs\setupexactly like that
and hit enter. It will ask if you want to run Setup.
Edited by Tyger, 01 September 2005 - 06:14 PM.