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Hi-
I have a system that runs windows 98. I turned it off one day, and i hadnt made any signifigant changes, or anything like that. The next time i Turned it on, it said "VMM32.VXD is required to run windows. If the file is not in your path, you need to reinstall windows" I would like to reinstall windows, but this computer is for one specific program, and it is in a restaurant, therefore, the computer came without any disk drives(floopy or cd-Rom), is there anyway this file can be fixed without having disk drives?


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I also do not care if lose any/all files while fixing the computer (it is set up on a lan, and files can be restored)
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This is a fairly difficult issue but I'll try to explain as best I can what is happening here. I've only learned about this myself recently. Vmm32.vxd is a virtual memory manager and what it does is tell the loader for programs and libraries what part of memory they belong in. It's a file which is built up during windows installation and it is unique, it can't just be replaced by another version. However, the file may still be in your computer, the fault may lie in having a corrupted pathname for the file.

What you may need to do is edit the Msdos.sys file in C: which contains the pathname for windows. This is the text that is in the file:

;FORMAT
[Paths]
WinDir=C:\WINDOWS
WinBootDir=C:\WINDOWS
HostWinBootDrv=C

[Options]
BootMulti=1
BootGUI=1
DoubleBuffer=1
AutoScan=1
WinVer=4.10.2222
;
;The following lines are required for compatibility with other programs.
;Do not remove them (MSDOS.SYS needs to be >1024 bytes).
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxa
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxb
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxc
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxd
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxe
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but you will need a boot floppy to do it and it will need to be done in ms-dos mode.
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I can understand the first part, but again, i have no floppy drive installed on the computer, is it required for me to have one to continue?
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I can understand the first part, but again, i have no floppy drive installed on the computer, is it required for me to have one to continue?


You can hold down the F8 key during boot and choose ms-dos, command prompt only. When the prompt comes up type in

edit C:\msdos.sys

and hit Enter to see what is in the file. Let us know.
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"unable to find edit C:\msdos.sys"

then the untitled text screen came up (the blue screen)
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It's starting to sound like hard drive problems. Can you get to the Setup screen. It will usually tell what key to press during boot, if not try del or f1 or f2. You want to see if BIOS can find the hard drive. It may tell you during boot, or you may be able to set it to tell you, but often you can go to a screen which lets you detect the drive while in Setup.
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Hi- this is probably a stuiped question but, i can get to the set-up menu, and im not quite sure how to detect the harddrive once im in there.
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o.k., i bought a floppy drive, and it is set up, can i reinstall windows with a boot disk, including that file?
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o.k., i bought a floppy drive, and it is set up, can i reinstall windows with a boot disk, including that file?


Wow, you're moving fast. I presume you have the win98 cd-rom. Yes, you can reinstall it but you have to be careful not to lose the program you want to keep, unless you can reinstall it. However we still don't know if your hard drive is working, or what is intact in your files. After you've booted up with the floppy type in

C: and hit Enter, then Enter

dir /p

that will tell you what is in the C: drive.

bdlt mentioned that msdos.sys is a hidden file and you need to unhide it to edit it. Here's how you do that

"using the attrib command to 'unhide' it, Enter

attrib -r -s -h msdos.sys

when he's done, it should be hidden again with

attrib +r +s +h msdos.sys"

after it's unhidden try the edit again, and let us know how it goes.
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sorry, i dont know what or how to use the "atrib" comand
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whoops stuiped question, i figured it out
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im not sure what to do after i have unhidden the file
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im not sure what to do after i have unhidden the file


type in

edit msdos.sys

and hit Enter and see if it looks like the text in the post above, especially the part about the paths. If it doesn't it will need to be edited or extracted and replaced from the cabinet files.
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yes it does, however here it is, in case you need to see it


;sys
[Paths]
WinDir=C:\WINDOWS
WinBootDir=C:\WINDOWS
HostWinBootDrv=C

[Options]
BootMulti=1
BootGUI=1
DoubleBuffer=1
AutoScan=1
WinVer=4.10.2222
;
;The following lines are required for compatibility with other programs.
;Do not remove them (MSDOS.SYS needs to be >1024 bytes).
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxa
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxb
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxc
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxd
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxe
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxf
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxg
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxh
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxi
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxj
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxk
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxl
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxm
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxn
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxo
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxp
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxq
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxr
;xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxs
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