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czargoth

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one day i booted up my parents windows 98 se dell comp (i run xp pro on my build) and right when i got to the desktop everything committed an illegal operation, and it said that a .dll file was missing. I booted up in safe mode and did a virus and spyware scan, also made sure there were plenty of system resources available, i found 6 viruses, and no spyware using spybot and avast.
If there is anthing you need to know, i have a lot of the systems info. What should i do? I am unfamiliar with anything pre 2k.I would like to avoid reformating it, because i dont have a 98se cd.
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czargoth

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rebooted in normal, and a thing came up that said "to many parometers"
then i get about 20 illegal operaton page fault pop ups, including .explorer, and then my backgronds just there, and thats it. this time i didnt get the .dll error.
 

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You can try restoring the registry back to an earlier date before this problem started.

Have you ever used the ScanReg command?
 

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As long as Registry Checker has always been enabled to run at Startup, that makes a backup of the Registry when you boot up.

Click Start > Shut Down > Restart in MS-DOS mode.
At the command prompt, type "scanreg /restore" (without the quotes).

Note that there is a space after scanreg.
You'll be given a choice of dates. Select one and click Restore.
 

czargoth

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tried that, but it failed, it also would only let me go back to the 11th, and that is about when the problem ocurred. even in command prompt the to many parometers thing comes up
 

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Hi and welcome.

Why don't you have the Dell Windows 98 cd?
 

czargoth

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my dad got it a few years from uvm state college, its a fully legal version, but my dad just didnt get the disk...it was made for windows 2000 but they got it wth 98se, and i didnt want to put ne money into it cuz i have my own comp that im on right now... i might be able to get hold of a cd.. i dunno we do happen to have a windows 98 full kicking around, and i have a wndows xp pro sp2
 

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i know u can get the product key off your computer if you have a legal verson of windows installed, but i dont remember how u get it, and if you are able to get it while in safe mode
 

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ok, well i found the dell product key. i just noticed that the day that the computer went crazy was also the day that we installed a wifi card. i uninstalled the card, but still nothing

my friend has a gateway 98se full, but i doubt that would work on a dell key
 

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Can you still get into safe mode? And no, we don't want to try to use a Gateway OEM cd on a Dell system.

When you say you found the product key, what about the cd?
 

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i can get into safe mode, and i got the key by going my computer, properties. I do NOT have the cd.
 
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