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Windows 98 system only boots in to safe mode

Hi,

an old windows 98 system is only able to boot in safe mode...

there are some large files on the computer (email in outlook express) that we would like to be able to get off the old computer... If it could be easily fixed we could then give it to someone... the original windows 98 CD is lost in the winds of time... it is a generic machine someone built, so no manufacturer to go back to...

because it is in safe mode CD-Rom is not recognized when machine boots up... nor are USB ports... I also tried seeing if I could get a parallel port zip drive recognized, but that did not work either...

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    Marite1 Nov 26, 2007

    I really lilke the simplicity of your suggestion... This is a friend's computer and I will not see them for for another week - they are a couple in their 70s and have both bought new computers and I am helping transfer their files... The documents went easily on 20+ 3.5" diskettes... I will try your idea and let you know how it works...

    Thank you,

    Marite

    :-)

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Try downloading a start-up disk from here

http://www.bootdisk.com/

Load it on to a floppy and try it in the old computer.

If this fails you may be able to take out the hard drive, change the jumpers to a slave drive setting and add it to your new computer. When you start your computer it should recognize it as another drive and you can right click on it and explore the files. You should be able to copy the files you want to a cd or to the main hard drive of the computer you are using.

I have done this a few times to salvage pictures and documents for people that had a crashed system when the computer is not worth buying an expensive program to repair it.
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Try this, load windows in safe mode
click start, click run, type "msconfig" in the open box, and click ok
click selective startup
disable (clear the check boxes for) system.ini and win.ini
click ok, reboot
if it loads, cool, if not
do the same as before, but enable system.ini and win.ini, disable config.sys and autoexec.bat
click ok, reboot
if it loads, cool, if not
do the same thing, but enable config.sys and autoexec.bat, disable winstart.bat and startup items
let me know what happens

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