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Costaricence

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i'm getting "data error reading drive C" messages on my compaq 1692 laptop (windows 98 os). i recently installed office xp, soon before the errors started. i can get to dos, but not to windows, not even in safe mode. what can i do without wiping my hard drive?
 

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Hi, From the link below, you can read about installing OfficeXp on win98- there are RAM minimums it likes, as well as processor speeds...your system may be hanging due to this, or some sort of corruption of the install, or the result of a previous version of Office, as per the last post down in the thread....I see there is an Office CleanUp tool, maybe you can run that from Safe Mode to handle this probolem for you. ((Just have to wait for help to get you booting up into some kind of Window)) http://bizforums.itrc.hp.com/cm/QuestionAnswer/1,,0x75e5cdec06f1d61190050090279cd0f9,00.html
If a Scandisk from DOS prompt (A:\scandisk c: )
didnt fix it up: Your drive may be toast.
You better install it as a Slave into a system temporarily and pull off what files you have to save. Not programs, just stuff you have created.
A Registry restore might work....if the drive can work.
At A:\scanreg /restore
Then hit Enter key.
Note the space after g, some say it is not neccessary but that's the way I always run it. Pick a Restore that says Started, a day or so prior to when the trouble started.....if it has been longer than about 4 or 5 days, this will not work.
 
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