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Reinstall and repair Windows?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Morania, Oct 6, 2003.

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  1. Morania

    Morania Thread Starter

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    Isn't there an option when you insert the Windows 98 disc to install only the files that may be missing or damaged?
    I'm trying to help lady who uninstalled an anti-virus program and then develpoped serious boot issues. THe machine will boot into safe mode but not normally.
    I'm hoping I can just repair the missing files (that's what I think happened here) without losing all of her stuff to do a clean install.
     
  2. gotrootdude

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    Try running SFC from the run menu in safe mode.
     
  3. Morania

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    SFC is System File Checker,
    You can run it by clicking Start / Run / SFC ,
    Then click scan for altered files....

    You can also access it by start / run / msinfo32
    And click on TOOLS to select it, you can also run Scandisk, Registry Check, there too.

    How about reinstalling the anti-virus software, that might get back her normal windows, then you could attempt another Uninstall, of find out first if this software has issues with it's uninstall, and take care of that.

    To touch base with your reinstall options:
    If your not gaining any ground on this problem,
    You can reinstall windows over the top from DOS....she won't lose any of her programs / personal folders....

    Boot to DOS........start pc / tap F8 / startup menu appears / select "command prompt only"

    Type each command and hit enter:
    cd windows
    cd options
    cd cabs

    you will now see C:\windows\options\cabs
    now type
    SETUP

    Windows will reinstall itself and save her files....
    It's your call on whether she's ready to try this at this point

    :)
     
  5. Morania

    Morania Thread Starter

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    Great instructions either way. Thanks. I haven't been messing with 98 lately.
    It turns out that she probably has a Sven virus. I googled around a bit till I found some responses to her errors. I can fix the virus. Get her some Norton. Then I'll probably have to use the WIndows disc to repair the files that this thing has corrupted. It's a bad one and Symantec doesn't want to claim complete victory when you use their software to repair it.
     
  6. brindle

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    " Get her some Norton" have you given any thought to using avg instead and then running housecall once in awhile?
     
  7. Morania

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    Don't have any idea what you're talking about.................uh...ok...............I mean.....................no.
     
  8. brindle

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    AVG is a popular freeware anti-virus program. Housecall is an online virus scanner that quite a few here like.
     
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