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rich01887

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i cant log into windows. tried going into safe mode but keep getting kicked to command prompt. ran type bootlog.txt and was told file cant be found. what can i do
 
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First, from the Boot Menu, select Logged Boot (otherwise any bootlog.txt you did find would likely be from the original install).

Once you have done a logged boot, and assuming you can't get anywhere but to a c:\prompt, enter:

edit bootlog.txt

This will open the DOS editor and you should see your new bootlog.txt there. Alt+F gets you to the exit menu.
 
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Here's a section from the Microsoft Startup Troubleshooter;

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q188/8/67.ASP#2


Windows 98 Does Not Start in Safe Mode
Any of the following conditions can cause Windows 98 not to start in Safe mode:
Your computer is infected with a virus.

For additional information about computer viruses, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q129972 Description of Computer Viruses
Your computer's CMOS settings are not correct. Check your computer's CMOS settings to make sure they are correct. Note that you may need to contact the computer manufacturer to verify these settings.


There is a hardware conflict. These conflicts can include, but are not limited to, PCI BIOS settings, IRQ conflicts, redundant COM ports (for example, two COM1 ports, or an internal modem set to use the same COM port as an existing serial port), and defective RAM chips.


A setting in the Msdos.sys file needs to be changed (for example, the Logo setting should be set to zero).

For additional information about the Msdos.sys file, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q118579 Contents of the Windows Msdos.sys File
You have a compressed drive that is unable to mount a compressed volume file (CVF).

For additional information about how to troubleshoot DriveSpace issues, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q130018 Computer Caught in Reboot Loop After Using DriveSpace
Q133175 Troubleshooting DriveSpace in Windows 95
If you are still unable to start Windows 98 in Safe mode, run the Windows Registry Checker (Scanreg.exe) tool as there may be a problem with the system registry. To start Windows Registry Checker, restart your computer, press and hold CTRL, choose Command Prompt Only, type scanreg, and then press ENTER. For additional information about Windows Registry Checker, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q183887 Description of the Windows Registry Checker Tool (Scanreg.exe)
For additional information about receiving an error message that your registry is damaged after you run the Scanreg.exe, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q186909 Registry Checker Continues to Detect Registry Damage
If you are still unable to start Windows 98 in Safe mode after you use Windows Registry Checker, install Windows 98 into a new, empty folder. This step helps to establish whether the problem is related to a remnant of the previous operating system (such as a configuration setting) or a hardware problem.
 
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