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Windows 98 explorer wont start due to ibm0000.exe file is missing or currupt

Hi I am stuck trying to get my pc back to its normal function, i used registry mechanic and when it was complete scanning the system it came up with all sorts of errors like ibm0000.exe file is missing and would not let me start explorer and then telling me i need to reinstall windows and then every time i started the system the windows registry checker keeps coming up and it take from 10-15mins to load up and when i go and start it from safe mode im not sure what to be looking for.
Please does anyone know what has happened can you please help me.

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Re: windows 98 explorer wont start due to ibm0000.exe...

Those registry mechanics are notorious for screwing up your registry. Unless you have a backup of your registry that you can load, you'll have to reinstall windows.

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