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Reinstalling broken 98 OEM

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by himagain, Jan 18, 2002.

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  1. himagain

    himagain Thread Starter

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    Hi folks,
    I did post to the Mail list but frightened everyone off I think! :)
    I have a mixed boot, W98SE and Mandrake8.0 System.

    The W98 suddenly deteriorated to insanity and I can't re-install it.

    I know there is a way .... old age..... failing memory --- rename win.com??
    Do something else... ?

    I DID remove M$ spyware just prior to the troubles beginning.... (Direct COM etc) but it was still rebooting after.

    Now it has lost Partition F, ( still visible and usable in Mandrake) and assorted other problems.

    I actually do have an upgrade disk but an earler version than on the machine for which I also have a disk but it won't install. Wants upgrade.
    AND says I have to lose my dual booter.

    ALL suggestions welcome :)

    John
     
  2. deanas

    deanas

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    You said you deleted spyware so I'm guessing
    you also looked for virus's?
    What is your partitioning scheme? (Since you
    are using linux you might get f partition back
    with cfdisk. Let me know if that would be of in-
    terest)
    Use windows fdisk to see what windows see's as
    far as partitions.
    Also after you reinstall windows you will need a
    boot floppy to get back into mandrake to rerun
    lilo or grub.
     
  3. himagain

    himagain Thread Starter

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    Hi Deanas,
    Thanks for the reply.

    You said you deleted spyware so I'm guessing
    you also looked for virus's?
    ****** Yes - constantly! :)

    What is your partitioning scheme? (Since you
    are using linux you might get f partition back
    with cfdisk. Let me know if that would be of in-
    terest)
    ******* Seagate's Ontrack - came with my Drive. THEN found out they are nearly impossible to get rid of! I have even deleted the program and still get the splash screen. Apparently it lives in the Bios or something??

    Use windows fdisk to see what windows see's as
    far as partitions.
    ******** Saw C,D,E.

    Also after you reinstall windows you will need a
    boot floppy to get back into mandrake to rerun
    lilo or grub.
    ***** Gets funnier here: I lost root password for Mandrake (haven't used it till last week due to disappointment in it, but was thinking of 8.1 - has even MORE problems by the look of it)
    Can't even remake a floppy - you need the password!
    Seem to have lost the old one - only have a full install one I made.

    The W98SE and Upgrade and W98 all refused to load. all gave various messages, but main one was lose the 3rd party loader.

    I did this and it now sorta works. W98SE WILL load but very slowly and reports problem with Spooler after C-A-D is pressed. Then will sloooowly load.

    What I would like to do now, is find out how to reload W98SE (OEM) without a full del. I did it before but now can't remember how:
    .... ren win.com and do something else and it will load without demanding an upgrade ?????.

    There was also a util prog that could examine Win like regcheck and tell you if any files were corrupted (size wrong etc)????

    Cheers,
     
  4. deanas

    deanas

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    sfc will check for corrupted files
    start > run > sfc
    Can't help on the reinstall as far as
    win.com, some one else should be able to
    help on that.
     
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