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Windows 98 system only boots in to safe mode


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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Re: windows 98 system only boots in to safe mode

Try downloading a start-up disk from here

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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Re: windows 98 system only boots in to safe mode

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

Posted on Nov 25, 2007

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2. If your system restart, when you just click your mouse, your system files are probably corrupted and your may have to reinstall the system ie. provided your hard drive has no errors.

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(1)When you power up the computer press F8 key then enter in safe mode.
Then if you are able to enter in safe mode then uninstall driver or software which you installed recently and face this error.
(2)If you are not able to enter in safe mode Then you need to fix error on hard drive.For that you need windows disk or recovery disk.
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For that when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 "del" key to enter in bios.
Then go to boot menu and set first boot device as your cd or dvd rom.
Then save settings and exit bios.
Insert windows disk in cd /dvd rom.
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Then press any key.
Then follow the procedure then enter in recovery console mode then type in prompt "chkdsk /r"
Then type "y"
Then it fix error on hard drive.
Then check if again you are not able to enter in windows then boot again and this time choose "R" option for repair previous windows " then it repairs old windows then it loads again old windows.
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Actually when i log on the computer then show the normal mode,safe mode etc.But when we press normal mode then donot open operating system. so whats the problem?

i think your os files may have been corrupted. first try to boot in safe mode. if it works then reboot and the next time if menu comes select normal mode.

normaly if safe mode boot succeed, then in next boot it will not ask for anything, the windows boots normaly.

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Please boot in safe mode and uninstall the driver.
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- Press F8 ( Just before it start booting into windows)
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Attempt to boot the machine in Safe-Mode.

While powering up continuously hit F8.

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Often times drivers, or system files may be "lost" or referenced wrong, and booting into safe-mode can solve the issues, sometimes.

Check in the Device Manager for any conflicts if you are able to get into Safe-Mode.

Note any Red X or ! symbols near any devices and their names. You will have to reinstall the drivers for these devices. Consult the machines manufacturer website for downloads and support for any devices listed.

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You can also force the system into safe mode. You click on startup and type in msconfig. Click the general tab and select diags and the system will reboot to safe mode. Change it back to normal to get your system out of safe mode.

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Can you run Win98 in Safe Mode? Just tap F8-F10 or Del or Esc on booting (It's different buttons on different machines) to enter Advanced Settings and run Win98 in Safe Mode. You can get access to your files, and maybe even System Restore back to a point before you had the problem?
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How to get to a MS-DOS prompt.
Reason: If Windows or the computer is not operating properly, it may be necessary to get to a MS-DOS prompt to diagnose and to perform additional troubleshooting on the computer.
Solution: MS-DOS users
Windows 3.x users
Windows 95, 98 and ME users
Windows NT, 2000 and XP users
Windows Vista users
Other PC Operating System users

MS-DOS users If you are running MS-DOS with no other operating systems, the computer should be booting into a MS-DOS prompt automatically unless you have a shell or other program loading automatically. If the computer is not getting you to a MS-DOS prompt, reboot the computer and as the computer is booting, press the F5 key when you see the message "Starting MS-DOS" or the MS-DOS version. This will load the default standard MS-DOS. If you successfully get to a MS-DOS prompt and would like to prevent the computer from loading the program that is preventing you from getting to a MS-DOS prompt, or if you would like to fix possible error messages you may be receiving when booting the computer, edit the autoexec.bat and/or the config.sys files.

Windows 95, 98, and ME users If you are able to get into Windows 95, 98 or ME, you can get to a MS-DOS prompt by following the below steps.
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  2. Click Run
  3. Type "command" and press enter.
This will open a MS-DOS shell. However, if you are attempting to troubleshoot an issue with the computer and are using Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98we suggest you restart the computer into MS-DOS. To do this follow the below steps.
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If you are unable to get into Windows 95 or Windows 98 to get into a MS-DOS prompt, follow the below instructions (Windows ME does not have this option).
  1. Reboot the computer
  2. As the computer is booting, press the F8 key when you hear a beep or when you see "Starting Windows 95" or "Starting Windows 98". Windows 98 users sometimes may find it easier to press and hold the left CTRL key as the computer is booting.
  3. If done properly the user should get to a screen similar to the below screen.
Microsoft Windows 95 Startup Menu
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2. Logged (\BOOTLOG.TXT)
3. Safe mode
4. Step-by-step confirmation
5. Command prompt only
6. Safe mode command prompt only
Enter a choice: 1
F5=Safe Mode Shift+F5=Command prompt Shift+F8= Step-by-step confirmation [N]

4. Select the option for Safe mode command prompt only.
Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Vista users If you're running Windows NT, 2000, or Windows XP and need to get to MS-DOS prompt follow the below steps.
  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run or click in the "Start Search" field if you're running Vista
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Additional information about the difference between "cmd" and "command" can be found on document CH000395. If you're attempting to get into a MS-DOS prompt to troubleshoot the computer boot the computer into safe mode. Additional information about how to get into safe mode can be found on document CHSAFE. Windows 2000, XP, and Vista users who are unable to boot the computer into Normal Windows mode or Safe mode can also enter the recovery console to manage their computer from a prompt. Additional information about how to do this can be found on document CH000627. Finally, if you are experiencing issues getting into Windows NT, 2000, or XP, it may be necessary to run troubleshooting steps from a MS-DOS prompt. It is recommended that the Network Administrator get into the MS-DOS prompt by using either a standard MS-DOS boot diskette (note: will not be able to access data using a standard MS-DOS bootable diskette) or the ERD diskettes created after the installation of Windows NT, or boot from the Windows XP CD.

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