missing or corrupt file???? HELP!!!!

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When i started my computer this am, I got this message
file is missing or corrupted C:\WINDOWS\HIMEN.SYS
type the name of the command interpreter????
what do I need to do??? this is a windows 98 program....
you are always great help..... :confused:
 
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Are you on the computer now? In other words, was this a temporary problem?

If you are continuing to get that error on another system, you may need to both repartition the drive and reinstall the operating system.

However if the error is ONLY being caused by a missing himem.sys file, you can replace it by booting with a startup floppy for the operating system. At the a:> prompt enter:

copy himem.sys c:\windows

Then remove the floppy and ctrl-alt-del to reboot.

^ indicates where the spaces go: copy^himem.sys^c:\windows

Unfortunately the "command interpreter" message often indicates a corrupt ms-dos partition. You can check this from the a:> prompt by entering:

fdisk /status

(there is a space before the /)

You should see the correct partition information for your drive displayed. If not, the drive has to be repartitioned and the operating system reinstalled.
 

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No I have the computer at my flower shop......it was having a no work day today......do you think that I can figure this out or should I just take it in to best buy...... I really don't know what happened. I was told to restart my computer after some program and it just came up with the file message...... thanks for helping me try to figure this out on my own....... patty
 
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Is it under warranty? I have almost no doubt they will Fdisk and reformat the system for you. This will mean loss of any data. But that seems to me to be a likely outcome; it's just a matter of how much personal time you want to invest.

Try replacing the himem.sys command as suggested. Also, from the same a:> prompt try entering:

sys c:

you 'should' get a message "system files transferred"; if you do, this is hopeful and rebooting may be successful.
 
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