Well, that's not cool... that's where i placed it after system32 didn't work, and it still didn't like me. I'll double check to see that it copied correctly. I'm working through dos, so it's not like i see it pop up right away on a little window's screen...
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Yeah, i own win xp pro.
It's my parents computer and it ISN'T going to run it, believe me.
Anywho, I reinstalled win98, but when it restarts after putting all the files in, it just states:
This program cannot be run in DOS mode
Another thought, if you know what programs they have installed and can reinstall them, delete the windows folder and reinstall 98 and apps. It'll keep the data files, but you'll get a clean copy of windows.
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I only have a win98 update cd. It has all the files on it, but it won't let you reinstall a fresh copy. I found that out the hard way. It says it will upgrade win 95 though, I could maybe put a fresh copy of that and then upgrade it from there. The drive is fine, at least that's what all the diagnostics say.
Also, it goes through and does all the copying of files, etc. but once it reboots, it doesn't catch the CD to boot off of it. In fact, it never does. I had to use a floppy to start up the cd drive. I checked the bios and it's the first device to boot up with too. I made it so it checks it twice, but that didn't work either. I'm thinking it just doesn't have any way to know what to do without the cd drive working.
You don't upgrade 95 with the upgrade CD, you install 98 from scratch and insert the 95 disk when prompted.
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If, after trying this previous advice, you still have the problem, the machine may have been hit with an MBR virus.
Fdisking, formatting and scanning will not get rid of it. There is only one way - DeBug utility. Put DeBug on a Bootable 98 floppy and do the following:
At the "A" prompt type debug. You will see a minus sign cursor. Type the following commands, hitting "Enter" at the end of each line. Note: what looks like zeros are the number zero, NOT the letter O.
f 200 L200 0
(hit Enter again here)
q (the letter Q lower case)
This completely erases the Master and Secondary boot partitions. Reboot, fdisk, format and your 98 install will go okay now.
Of course the assumption is that your 98 Upgrade disc is okay. Sometimes these discs go bad. If you still have a problem after the DeBug treatment, your install disc is probably corrupt. Borrow someone elses' and try again. The debug utility is a great way to zero out a drive and start over.
The utility to write zeros to a drive is a lengthy process and was born from folks selling their used drives with the data still being recoverable with sophisticated software. This is not necessary if you're starting over on your own hd. Debug takes about one minute, and is foolproof for restarting.