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Corrupted Registry in Win98SE + Cannot fix.

Long story short I damaged the registry in Windows 98 SE. I had tried to upgrade the RAM in the computer from 64mb to 128mb, but when I did that, it said that the file himem.sys was corrupted or missing. i took the hdd out and stuck it in another computer as a slave and it was right there.

upon returning the original ram and putting the hard drive back in, the file COMMAND.COM promptly blew up and said that it too was corrupted or missing. i shut the computer off, unplugged it, waited a while or so, plugged it back in, and the files were fine again. BUT NOW, Win98SE's startup menu says that there is a problem with the registry, please select Command prompt only, and run SCANREG. but it refuses to. It will freeze, and then after a bit every button besides ctrl alt dlt will just make it beep. it refuses to do anything. this is before it boots. one of the options is to normal boot or safe mode boot, but both of these take me to the loading screen, and just sits there.

my next approach was to use a restore point. But so far, it seems as though Win98SE is incapable of this. Only Win98 could do it.

What should I do?
A REBUILD/REINSTALL IS NOT AN OPTION.

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  • DeathChain01 May 21, 2009

    support793,

    That's what I had tried to do at first, bit for some reason, Command Prompt Only refuses to load. It just freezes. Safe Mode Command Prompt Only works however. But in this, scanreg says that it cant run in DOS mode. And for some peculiar reason, its called scanregw. Yes, scanregw, if that means anything.


  • DeathChain01 May 21, 2009

    support793,

    The boot disk has successfully repaired Windows, and it will boot off of the HDD, but now it just sits at the Win98 loading screen. The bar at the bottom is moving, unlike before. What do I do to get it loaded?

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Try this. Been a long time since I used a command prompt but it should work. If you can get to the boot menu use a start up floppy.

Restoring a Backup

Reboot your computer, press F8 to enter Windows Boot options. Start your computer with Command Prompt ONLY.

To restore your most recent backup.
At the command prompt type --> scanreg /restore and hit enter.

To choose a backup to restore.

Go to the \Windows\Command directory.
Run SCANREG /restore
Select which one you want to restore.

Posted on May 21, 2009

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    Mary May 21, 2009

    Now try booting into safe mode using F8 boot options. If you are able to enter safe mode open a run box and type SFC and hit enter. You will be presented with a select scan for altered files. You may need your Windows 98 CD if the Windows Cabs files are not on the hard drive. Allow it to replace corrupt or missing files. Caution here with file replacement. It may be impossible to get whatever windows updates were available for 98 so watch the file dates and replace only corrupt or missing files.



    If you cannot boot into safe mode its possible to perform an inplace installation of Windows 98 from the command prompt.

    Boot to a startup floppy with the Windows 98 cd. Change to the cdrom drive and run setup.exe from the prompt.



    Be sure to disable any Bios anti-virus.



    Hope this helps

    Mary

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