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I turned the computer off with a cd for card games in the drive and now it won't startup properly. I was able to restart and remove the cd but the screen reads Microsoft Windows 98 Startup Menu. It gives me 7 options and 30 seconds to choose one. This comp. is very old and the os is win98 I tried scanreg, scanregfix, scanregrestore. I am really stuck. I also don't have a win98 cd but i do have a win98se cd is there any difference.
 

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Run Msconfig. Click on Advanced. Remove the check mark from "Enable Startup Menu". Click Apply. then Ok. Restart the computer when prompted.
 

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JSntgRvr said:
Run Msconfig. Click on Advanced. Remove the check mark from "Enable Startup Menu". Click Apply. then Ok. Restart the computer when prompted.
Cannot run msconfig. Comp. hangs at blue screen with win98 what can i do now
 

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Cannot run msconfig. Comp. hangs at blue screen with win98 what can i do now
 
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See if computer will start in safe mode. If so follow JStngRvr's "run MsConfig suggestion"
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warning windows did not load choose safe mode with minamal drivers to load windows press enter
 

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You may need to reinstall Windows. Is the Windows installed in the computer Windows 98 First Edition? Do you have the ProductKey for the Windows 98 SE CD? How a bout the productKey for First Edition?

Boot the computer with a statup diskette and bring it to a Command Prompt. At the prompt type the following and press Enter after each line:

C:
cd\
Dir Precopy*.* /s

Let me know whats on display after the last Command.
 

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I think win98 first edition is installed, but i do have win98se cd and product key i downloaded a boot disk for the floppy drive.
Volume in drive c has no label
Volume serial number is 133b-1edd
Directory of c:\windows\options\cabs
Precopy1 cab 480,768 08-24-96 11:11a
Precopy2 cab 1,237,083 08-24-96 11:11a
2 file(s) 1,717,851 bytes
Total files listed:
2 file(s) 1,717,851 bytes
0 dir(s) 240,381,952 bytes free
 

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Lets try to reinstall the actual Operating System in the computer:

We need the product key for the operating System in the computer. Boot the computer to a command prompt. The Boot disk must be compatible with the Operating system in the computer, else we may receive an error "Wrong MSDOS Version". At the prompt type the following and press Enter:

Find /I "ProductKey" C:\Windows\System.dat

If you cannot run this command from the A:\ Prompt, and the boot diskette is compatible with the operating System, then type the following at the prompt pressing Enter after each line:

C:
cd\
Copy C:\Windows\Command\Find.*
Find /I "ProductKey" C:\Windows\System.dat

Let me know if ale to obtain the product key. Also, check the back of the computer. Chances are that the ProductKey is a label thereon.

Can you boot the computer to Safe Mode Command Only prompt by tapping on F8 during Startup?
 

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yes i found the product key but i don't have a cd for win98 i do have a cd for win98se
 

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No need. The installation files are in the computer. Follow these steps:

Start the computer and tap on F8 during Startup to get to the Startup Menu. Select Safe Mode Command prompt Only. At the C:\ Prompt type the following and press Enter after each line:

cd\Windows\options\Cabs
Setup

Follow instructions on Screen for installation.

If you are not able to reach the Startup Menu by tapping F8 during Startup, boot the Computer with the Startup diskette. At the Menu select Command prompt without CD Support. At the A:\ Prompt type the following lines pressing Enter after each line:

C:
cd\
cd\windows\options\cabs
setup

Follow instructions on Screen for installation. Let me know how it goes.
 

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Everything went fine until i got to the installation wizard, which asked me for the win95 product key which is a lot smaller amount of characters than win98. So i am stuck wondering what to do next?
 

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I guess what you had was an upgrade to Windows 98. Lets try Windows 98 SE.

Boot the computer with a Windows 98 SE Startup diskette. Select Command prompt with CD Support. A letter will be assigned to your CD_ROM. Take note of that. At the prompt type the following pressing Enter after each line:

Rename C:\Windows\Win.com C:\Windows\Win.old
Rename C:\Windows\Winver.exe C:\Windows\Winver.old

Insert the Windows 98 SE Installation CD. At the prompt type the following and press Enter:

X:SETUP

Where X is the letter assigned to the CD_ROM.

Follow instructions and prompts for installation. Since there is a C:\Windows folder in the computer, Windows may attempt to install in a directory, other than C:\Windows. You will have the option to change that. Make sure it is installed in the C:\Windows folder. That will overwrite the previous installation files in the computer.
 
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