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rarodrig

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on Win98, have a program that has been working for months, now fails to run.

Error msg is: "There was a problem loadings some system files. Files may be missing or corrupted. PLease reinstall DeductionPro."


I uninstall it, and reinstalled it. Still the same message. Also when I click OK on the error msg, and try again it says the program is already running. CNTL/ALT/DELETE shows it as a task that is running.

I have deleted some stuff that Hijackthis! found, that I thought were bogus.

Ideas??
 
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your missing some system files im guessing try to look around and go to the fag or email the owners of DeductionPro and tell them your missing what system files
 

dai

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in the run box type
sfc
and press enter
this will check your system files and if it finds anything wrong will ask you to insert your windows cd
 

rarodrig

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Huricane IVAN delayed my getting back to this...

I run SFC and it found a file something like user.com??? which was corrupted or modified. I saved a copy then replaced it with a file from a .cab on the Cdrive.

Now, I can't even complete a boot up. Its scandisk, lockup on hte windows startup image, power cycle, then repeat.

Any ideas/
 

dai

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press f8 when booting and choose from the options
last known good configuration
 

rarodrig

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I don't know how I can get to that point. At power on, it does a ScanDisk, then the blue windows start screen, then I try f8. I get a windows start menu which offers, looged, step-by-step, safe, etc. options, but no chioce for old configs.

I've tried safe, step-by-step, and it ends with a Scandisk or a fatal error.

CONFESSIONAL TIME - Its a win98 machine that I upgraded to hdrive to a WesternDigital 60Ghd. It required a BOIS update to handle the bigger drive.
Could I have copied a system file from before the bois flash and that why I can't boot?

Also, If I can find the file I replaced and put it back would that fix it?

Thanks
 

dai

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sorry i was thinking we were on xp try boot from floppy and at the a:/
scanreg /restore
 

rarodrig

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will this be a problem with the new bios and hdrive?
The floppy boot does not see the c drive (says " no valid FAT on C drive"), which is probably due to the bigger hdrive.
 

rarodrig

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No have reformated. The "new" drive has been installed for about a year. And everything worked after that, so install was good.

This problem started when I ran SFC and it indicated a file was corrupt or modified.

So, I saved a copy of that file (when SFC asked if I want to) and then found another copy of that file is a .cab on my cdrive.
Since then I can't boot. I haven't done anything else to the machine except scandisk, boot from floppy and boot from a recovery CD.

If I could find where the SFC default saves files I might be able to use dos prompt to copy it back where it needs to be.
 

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I don't have W98 any longer but if my memory serves me, the backups are by default stored in the Sysbckup folder in the Windows directory unless you changed it when prompted to create a backup.

C:\Windows\Sysbckup

Boot to a Command Prompt and do this to see if you see the file there. At a C:\> prompt

dir c:\windows\sysbckup

Do you see the file listed on the screen?
 

rarodrig

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MODERATOR: Can/should you change the title of this thread to "WIN98 WON'T start"

I looked in C:\Windows\Sysbckup nothing recent in there.

Unfortunately, I didn't write down the file name, so I'm not sure what I'm looking for.

I did find in c:\windows, the following that were all created on ...that fateful day... went I shot myself in the foot:

DOSSTART.ago
SFCLOG.txt
win386.swp
winint.bak

I was thinking the SFClog file might tell me what I did, but I don't know the right DOS cmd to view the file (C:\> type , scrolls it by too fast to read).


Also, the Western digital support page address reinstall the win98 and then reinstalling the drive....something I'd like to avoid if possible.
 

rarodrig

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I got a look at the SFCLOG and can't really see anything obvious.

Still hoping that someone has an idea that will save me from having to reinstall the hdrive.
 

rarodrig

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Last call!

Unless anyone has any ideas, it looks like I'll be uninstalling the hdrive and reinstalling win98.
 
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