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Error Mess's At Start Up

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by SJA, Dec 12, 2001.

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  1. SJA

    SJA Thread Starter

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    AT START UP I GET THE FOLLOWING 2 MESSAGES:

    The folowing file is mising or corrupted; C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\DRVSPACE.SYS
    There is an error in your CONFIG.SYS file on line 5

    The following file is missing or corrupted: COMMAND.COM
    Type the name of the Command Interpreter (e.g C:WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM)
    C


    Can I get these files back????:confused:
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    Hi SJA, usually that message for the "missing command interpreter" is an ominous sign that there is irrepairable damage to the file system or partition information on the drive. If you were to do a site search here for the key words "command interpreter" I don't think you'd even find a fix.

    However, there just may be some hope in your case. The other parts of the error message indicate that at least there is some partial success in reading the drive.

    If you have a startup disk for the installed operating system, boot with it and at the a:\> prompt enter:

    sys c:

    You should get a message that "system files" have been transfered.

    These will include the ones mentioned in the error message -- except config.sys.

    Remove the startup disk and ctrl-alt-del to restart Windows.

    If you can't get past the config.sys error, restart and hold the ctrl key down until you see the boot menu. Try selecting safe mode. If you can successfully start in safe mode, go to start, run msconfig and uncheck config.sys on the general page. Let us know what happens.

    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000012.htm

    If you don't have a boot disk, you can create one from add/remove programs on a computer with the same Windows versions, or you can download a file which will create one from www.bootdisk.com

    see also:

    http://www.computerhope.com/syshlp.htm
     
  3. SJA

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    hi Rollin Rog

    Thanks for your prompt reply

    I tried using my CD-Rom Recovery Boot Disk that I got with my PC
    but I got an error message that it was a different version that was installed.
    Tried that site you gave me but it only has downloads for 95a & 95b and my system is 95c would it make a difference if i used 95b.

    Thanks again
    Sheryl in sunny NZ
     
  4. SJA

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    Hi Rog

    Please disregard previous question as I went with my disk and it worked - Thanks again

    But now ive lost that thingy that was called DRVSPACE 3 which showed me how much space I had with a pretty graph.

    Anyway I can get it back??

    Sheryl
     
  5. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    Hi Sheryl, I'm not really familiar with drivespace 3 other than understanding it is used for creating compressed drives.

    Are you able to boot in to Windows now? What exact error message are you getting?

    If it is drvspace.sys which is missing, you will probaby have to extract it from your Win95 cd-rom.

    I think this command would work:

    extract /a d:\win95\precopy1.cab drvspace.sys /l c:\windows\command


    http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q129605

    -- asumes 'd' is the letter assigned the cd-rom drive; it would be one higher if you are using a startup disk to access it.
     
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