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Please Help windows 98 wont start someone tried installing XP

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by swa2b41, Jun 30, 2007.

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  1. swa2b41

    swa2b41 Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    First and foremost thank you for taking the time to see if you can help me. My computer skills are medium. I am not afraid to follow directions but do need clear ones. Okay here is the dilemma: someone gave me a computer and it has no CD's with it all, just a CPU, and when I start it I have 2 options to choose from which is windows xp install or windows so I choose install to see what is what and somene started an install but stopped midway through so I go back choose the other option and get the following errors;

    Windows has detected a registry/configuration error, Choose command prompt only and run SCANREG.

    The following files are missing or corrupted; c:\windows\HIEM.sys
    The following files are missing or corrupted; c:\windows\DBLBUFF.sys
    The following files are missing or corrupted; c:\windows\IFSHLP.sys
    The following files are missing or corrupted; WIN.COM

    C:\>
    Cannot find WIN>COM unable to continue loading windows
    C:\>

    So I type in SCANREG and I get bad command or file name

    so I type dir/w/p and I see there is three windows directories one is win98 one is windows and one is windows1 when I open the windows 98 directory there is a bunch of cab filese and other stuff.

    My question is: is there a way to get that partial xp set up off and just restore this computer to windows 98. I would like to make it a working computer to give away to someone at my church that cannot afford a computer... Again thanks for your time


    Je....
     
  2. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Hi starting the Xp install may not have been the best move.
    Do you have a Win 98 Cd?
    In the 98 Windows directory do you have setup exe cabs files?
     
  3. swa2b41

    swa2b41 Thread Starter

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    I didn't start that install but anyway I do have an xp upgrade cd would that do me any good? I looked in the 98 dir. and there is no setup.exe there is a oemsetu.exe but that told me to put in a win98 boot disk and hit ctrl alt dlt and then setup would begin but that didn't happen so I don't know what the deal is could I put win95 on it then run the xp upgrade? I may just put unbuntu on it and call it a day any more thoughts? Jen...
     
  4. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Hi you can use your Xp upgrade Cd..
    Check.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941
    Note If your Windows XP CD-ROM is an upgrade, you are prompted to insert a CD-ROM of a previous operating system to verify upgrade compliance.
    Read all info.
     
  5. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    You said you have a Windows XP "upgrade" CD. Do you have the 25-digit product code for it?

    Do you also have a Windows 98 or Windows ME CD, and is it an "upgrade" or "full" version?

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    What is the processor type and speed?

    How much RAM is installed?

    What is the size of the hard drive?

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