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Paul Little

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computer 2....i was downloading AOL on our second puter and when it restarted the 3rd time it said an illegal operation was performed and will not let me into windows...even when i go into safe mode i get the same message and i cant do a thing with my puter...is there anything i can do without dumping all my information that i have on my system????
 
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if your using win98 boot to the dos prompt and type scanreg /restore.
Choose a registry from before the install and restore it
 
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When you run scanreg /restore from a DOS prompt you will see a window with 4 available registries. Use the arrow keys to select one which predates the install.

It's probably a longshot, but it sometimes works for install related errors.

If it doesn't work, try this, from a command prompt enter:

cd windows
edit system.ini

replace the shell=Explorer.exe line with:

shell=winfile.exe

press alt+F to access the save and exit menu.

Ctrl-alt-del to reboot to Winfile

Here you will have access to you programs at least.

Have a look at this link for things to try there:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q249/1/91.ASP
 
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