Please Help windows 98 wont start someone tried installing XP

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swa2b41

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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....
 

blues_harp28

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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?
 

swa2b41

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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...
 

flavallee

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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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