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kristenmace

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cd-rom burner is gone d drive is gone it tells me i need to put mscdex.exe into my dos 4.0 i found it in my windows 98 but don't know how to get it into my 4.0 i have emachine 466is please help
 
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The MSCDEX.exe file is used in the autoexec.bat file to set the DOS CD-ROM parameters.

Try running System File Checker (SFC); Go to:

Start / Run and type SFC then hit enter. From there have it scan the system. If it's the first time you've ever run it you'll see some options but the default will work too. If you go with the defaults you'll likely get dozens of stops to just update the entry so it won't stop there again but what you are looking for is a stop where it says "Missing or Corrupted" file.

You run this with the Win98 CD in the CD drive, which from your post seems odd that you can see it unless you're talking about having looked at it on another machine. If that's the case look on your hard drive for a C:\Options\cabs folder where the Win98 CD has been copied and you can restore the file from there.

Now I say all this not having had to extract and restore that particular file so whether it works I don't honestly know but if not we'll go on to plan B.
 

JohnWill

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Windows of any flavor doesn't use MSCDEX, are you making a DOS boot floppy?
 

~Candy~

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Hi and welcome. Can you give us some history on whatever the original problem may be? Dos 4.0 and Windows 98 does not compute :eek:
 

kristenmace

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the other day we were able to pull the file from windows for some reason and now we can't get it anywhere it's like d drive doesn't exist
 

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Can you please give us some history? Did the drive just stop one day?

If so, can you boot to a dos prompt and type

scanreg/restore
and press enter

Tell us what kind of dates show up and are any prior to the problem?
 
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