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win 98 doesn't boot

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by peter f, Apr 24, 2004.

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  1. peter f

    peter f Thread Starter

    Apr 24, 2004
    I've got a problem with Windows 98. I guess I somehow deleted some files accidently, now my computer doesn't boot. Of course I could simply re-install windows, but I thought it would be easier to restore the deleted files from 'Recycled'. Is this possible in MS-DOS and how?
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    do you remember what files you deleted ?? what happens when you boot - does it hang ???
  3. starwaves77


    Feb 16, 2002

    This is what your looking for Restore Recycled Files in DOS , it's an excellent description of this exact issue. The problem will be, that it's complicated, the reason being you can't just restore the files in recycle bin in DOS the way you can in windows and have all the files go back to their original paths with one easy swoop, you can easily copy all the files in the 'recycled' folder to C: , C:\windows, etc, but that will put everything in one place only, meaning files that need to go to 'system' or 'windows' or C: won't , but the files that are needed to boot are 'msdos.sys' , 'io.sys' , & 'command.com' and they are all on C:, so you could technically just copy all to C:, and probably get it, that's the easy way, and then sort out the mistakes after you boot up, but if the file that was missing needed to go to 'system' it won't get it,

    OR --- just use your emergency boot disk, and then sys c: , that would put those files that are needed right where they belong,

    The DOS command's would be:
    Insert boot disk, start pc, at A:\ ........type:
    sys c:

    The 'recycled' equivalent is:
    assuming you don't use the boot disk and find yourself at C:\

    cd recycled

    you see C:\recycled
    now type,

    copy *.* C:

    and that will copy all the files in 'recycled' to c: ,
    but that's guessing .......
    better to know what is missing first,

    - there must be an 'error' message your getting at boot, something like 'this file command.com' is missing etc,

    That's your best clue as to what file to directly restore,

    Truthfully, I just put that link up for reference, I think you can boot up without going through all that, if you know what file's are missing via the error message,

    --> what's the error message at boot --> that will lead more directly to the solution

    Like Etaf suggested; what do you think you deleted,

  4. peter f

    peter f Thread Starter

    Apr 24, 2004
    The error was just as if you insert a disk while booting. However, I decided to re-install Windows and now things work. I still had to delete some files in DOS as there was almost no space left on my hard disc... (y)

    However, thanks for your detailed instructions. It's great that there are such people on the internet. :)

    Btw: I didn't get online again after posting my question here this afternoon, that's why I simply re-installed after all.
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