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Complicated multi-operating system problem - HELP needed!!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by maracles, Apr 4, 2006.

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  1. maracles

    maracles Thread Starter

    Apr 4, 2006

    I have a compact laptop bought second hand but has problems.

    1) Firstly when it is switched on it asks to choose between either windows 98 or windows 2000 pro (the one i want to use)

    2) On loading up windows 2000 it works fine however when i try to use many options such as; volume control, disk cleanup, msconfig, majority of .exe files etc it says "access to file denied" or "cannot find the file "xxx". make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available" - this is despite the file it is looking for being the one I want to use.

    3) On searching futher I noticed that in my computer along with the usual WINDOWS directory. I have 2 other operating system folders in their entirity. WindowsNT and Windows 98 - I think that having all systems on my computer must be reason for it not working

    4) I have tried to uninstall windows 98 using its own uninstall program however get the message "cannont find "xxx" etc

    5) I have a feeling the windowsNT is just cd contents and ahs not been setup properly and could therefore simply deleted but I ahve not done so just in case

    6) If i begin the laptop ion windows 98 much more works, including sound etc, however the uninstall still does not.

    7) Misc problem - I cannot install any more programs when running windows 2000.

    Any help would be much appreciated, first time on the forum.

    Thanks a lot.
  2. Demono


    Jan 28, 2005
    Unfortuneatly whoever owned the laptop before you really cluttered up the hard drive. It sounds like the system files have been mixed and matched in various places and in cases like this, there really isn't much you can do except reformat if you want to get everything working the way it should again.
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