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Win 98 se file trouble

I'm running windows 98 se and it wont startup normally because my system files are missing. Does anyone know where i can get code for the system files like config.sys, himem.sys, win.ini, winstart.bat, autoexec.bat, etc...????

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  • essien9 Mar 26, 2008

    himem.sys

  • essien9 Mar 26, 2008

    i checked my memory and it shows that i have used all avilable xms memory and i have only 552k total memory free...i dont know if that helps or not???

  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee May 11, 2010

    Also, is there anything important on the drive, does it matter if you lose any files, if not, try re-installing windows.

  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee May 11, 2010

    Shouldn't have anything to do with the XMS memory.



    Can you get into Dos prompt? If so, check to see if himem.sys exists in your C: drive.



    if you in dos-prompt: type:



    Dir himem.sys



    does it show up?

  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee May 11, 2010

    What is the exact file it is having a problem with?

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Get hold of a win 98 boot disc (search the net) as it will have the files you are looking for, i am sure. copy them to your hard disc c:\windows or c:\windows\system
put them in both as i cant remember what one they go in. (it will not hurt in both).

good luck
Terry

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One of the most common troubleshooting issues in Windows XP is the failure of a system to start up properly. These failures can be caused by a number of issues, including poorly written or malicious software, faulty device drivers, hardware incompatibilities, corrupt or missing system files and incorrect system configurations. Determining the source of the startup problem, and fixing it, is easier if you use a methodical, step-by-step approach.
If the system will not start in Normal Mode or Safe Mode
A Windows XP system that will not start in Normal or Safe Mode is not a good sign and may be the result of corrupt or missing system files, a corrupt registry, hardware drivers or failed services. Your first step is to press F8 during Startup and select the Last Known Good Configuration option from the Windows Advanced Options Menu. If Windows boots normally, check the event logs and hardware manager for clues as to what may have caused the failure. You may also want to check the Add/Remove Programs menu for any new applications that may have contributed to the failure.
If the Last Known Good Configuration fails, the next step is to start the Recovery Console by booting from the Windows XP Startup CD and pressing "R" to repair when the "Welcome to System Setup" screen appears, then press "C" to start the Recovery Console. The Recovery Console is a command line utility that can be used to identify and solve a number of issues in the event that Windows cannot start, including starting and stopping services and drivers. If you receive an error on startup stating that a system file is missing or corrupt, Recovery Console can be used to replace those files as well. For a list of available commands, simply type HELP at the command prompt. For more detailed information about the Recovery Console, check out Microsoft Knowledge Base article 307654.
If you are unable to determine if a driver or service is responsible for the startup failure, you should run the Checkdisk utility from the Recovery Console by typing CHKDSK at the command prompt. This utility scans your hard drive and checks for problems with the disk or file system, which may result in corrupt or missing system files. You should also check the system CMOS and BIOS settings for configuration errors or corrupt data. Note: CMOS and BIOS data corruption can occur as a result of a dead or weak internal battery. Check your motherboard documentation for details.
If you are still unable to determine the cause of startup failure at this point, you have the following options:
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  2. Restore from a backup tape: While this method will recover your system, you will lose any data stored on your workstation that was created after the system was backed up. This method will also not help you identify the root cause of the startup failure, which may occur again.
  3. Perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation): This process reinstalls the operating system but may result in data loss if not done correctly. The advantage is that it should return the workstation to a bootable state in which important files can be copied. Applications, service packs and system updates may need to be reinstalled for the system to function properly. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 315341.
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What to do if you want to start a corrupted win 98?



If ur Win 98 system has been corrupted,means only the windows 98 screen appears and then a blue screen appears or after that the system dosnt start or restart follow the following steps:

1. at the time of POST (i.e when u hear the beep sound or when ur monitor shows the first displays) press the F8 key continuously . then select the option Start in Command prompt only
2. in command prompt type C:\>cd windows\sysbckup ( assuming c: is ur system or root directory)
3. then type c:\windows\sysbckup>dir *.cab
4. now select the file depending on the date closest to the date when ur system was operating fine( the file name will be like RB001.cab )
5. now after selecting the file type in the command prompt c:\>windows\sysbckup>copy rb001.cab ..(assuming the file name as rb001.cab)
6. then type c:\windows\sysbckup> cd\
7. then type c:\> extract rb001.cab/e
8.now restart ur pc

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