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My friend tried to fix my computer.. I run Windows Me. he tried to put Windows 95 on. Now neither one will work. When I try to run setup.exe from my startup disk I get.. Warning SU0168 there please obtain Windows Me upgrade. All my files are still there. please help .
 

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Where are you trying to run Setup from (Location of the setup.exe file), and which Opearting System you are trying to reinstall?
 

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JSntgRvr said:
Where are you trying to run Setup from (Location of the setup.exe file), and which Opearting System you are trying to reinstall?
Windows\options\cabs\ I was trying to reinstall Windows Me.
then I went to Microsoft and it said if your operating system was installed by the manufactuer then it would be in Windows\options\install and its not there. I give up..
 

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Boot the computer with a startup for Windows ME. You can download one from www.bootdisk.com. At the menu select Minimum Boot. At the prompt type the following and press Enter after each line (You must need the Windows ME Product Key for this process as Windows will not install without it):

C:
cd\
Dir Precopy*.* /s
Dir Win_13.cab /s

Note: The above command will give you the location of the installation files. Take note of that.

Copy C:\Windows\Command\Xcopy*.*
Copy C:\Windows\Command\Move*.*
Copy C:\Windows\Command\Deltree*.*
md Install

If the loction of the installation files is C:\Windows\Options\Cabs, type the following and press Enter:

Xcopy C:\Windows\Options\Cabs\*.* /s C:\Install

If the loction of the installation files is C:\Windows\Options\Install, type the following and press Enter:

Xcopy C:\Windows\Options\Install\*.* /s C:\Install

Once the file are copied continue with the following: (IF the files are not copied Stop. Do not Continue and let me know the problem)

Move C:\Progra~1 C:\Previous
Move C:\Windows C:\Win001

cd install
Setup

Follow instructions for installation. Have the ME Product Key Handy for activation.
 

stephie011

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well I did everything you told me to. All my files were copied ,but when I got to Xcopy C: w\o\c it said incorrect ms dos version. I'm at a complete loss here, someone please help!
 

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Replace the Xcompy command for the Copy command, for example:

copy C:\Windows\Options\Cabs\*.* C:\Install

I hope the ME files were not replaced by the Winndow 95 installation. That could create a point of no return.
 

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well nothing works. I was wondering if I could copy files from my sisters pc to mine and how would I do that.
 
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stephie011 said:
well nothing works. I was wondering if I could copy files from my sisters pc to mine and how would I do that.
Two choices: You can network your computer to your sister's machine through MS-DOS. The downside is that an MS-DOS network can be rather complicated to setup... Second option - plug your HDD into your sisters computer...
 

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Boot the computer with a startup for Windows ME. You can download one from www.bootdisk.com. At the menu select Minimum Boot. At the prompt type the following and press Enter after each line (You must need the Windows ME Product Key for this process as Windows will not install without it):

C:
cd\
Dir Precopy*.* /s
Dir Win_13.cab /s

Note: The above command will give you the location of the installation files. Take note of that.
Which is the location of the above files?
 
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I'm jumping in on this thread because I had the same problem. I was able to complete all the steps mentioned but still get the SU0168 error message. Any suggestions?
 

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Did you move the C:\Windows folder to Winold? Also the C\Progra~1 to Oldpro?

Boot with the Startup diskette and bring the computer to a command prompt. See if any of these folders exists. Type the following and press Enter:

Dir C:\*.* /w

Check if any of these folders exists (Windows and Progra~1).
 
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Thanks for the reply. I did rename those folders and the folders did not exist when I tried to install ME, but I still got the su0168 message. I gave up and partitioned my hard drive and then installed ME in my new partition and everything is working fine (other than I lost everything in the old partition!). My computer is working great, so it was ME that was broken and that makes me feel even worse that I could not install over my ME and not loose everything. Oh well. I read on another forum that you should not use Norton Antivirus or the free Adaware with ME. Is that true? I had to uninstall the Norton on my old ME because it really screwed everything up, but was hoping I could use it now. Thanks again for the response. It was interesting to use dos commands again.
 

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(y) (y) Use the thread's Tools and mark this thread as "Solved".

Best wishes! :)
 
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