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Accidentally deleted some ME OS files, need advice

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by knabehudson, Apr 23, 2004.

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  1. knabehudson

    knabehudson Thread Starter

    Apr 23, 2004

    I was trying to manually uninstall a program from my computer, which runs Windows ME. Anyway, the instructions said to unhide files and folders so I could find all the files to delete to uninstall the program. Well, apparently, I accidentally deleted some basic operating system files.

    Now I cannot start Windows. When I first turn the computer on, the first thing that comes up is a strange screen that starts counting down in seconds and says I have so many seconds to choose how to proceed. Option No. 3 is "Safe Mode," and it leads to a strange version of my screen saver with "Safe" written in all four corners. It seems like this mode is totally inert, you can't do anything.

    Anyway, I tried all the other choices (I think there were 4) and none really went anywhere. But I did get a message saying a "System INI file is missing" and that I needed to "reboot with the original floppy" (or something like that) and then restore the system somehow.


    1. I can't find the reboot disk.

    2. I doubt I can find the original installation disks

    3. I'm thinking that all I really need to do is to get into the Recycle Bin somehow and start clicking on files and hitting "RESTORE" so they go back where they belong, until everything starts working again.

    But how do I even get to where I can go in the Recycle Bin and start restoring files?

    Any advice?

    Thanks many times over for any help.

  2. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Hi and welcome. In safe mode, you should be able to restore to a good startup date. Have you checked that?

    And the EXACT message would be helpful ;)
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