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Windows 98 upgrade trouble

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by MPrice8762, Nov 29, 2001.

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  1. MPrice8762

    MPrice8762 Thread Starter

    Nov 29, 2001
    I installed Win 98 on my backup computer (Gateway 166) There were several error messages and now I have no start block or shortcuts on the desktop, so I can go nowhere. I've tried both Win 95 & Win 98 start up disks and safe modes but no luck. I can't even uninstall Win 98. Please help. Thanks in advance.
  2. Mosaic1


    Aug 17, 2001
    It really depends on the error messages you recieved. I can't advise on those. You can always start with a bootdisk and choose to format the drive. That will wipe everything clean. Do a fresh install. Are you using an upgrade disk? A restore disk?
  3. Bryan


    Jul 3, 1999
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    A blank desktop and missing Start button/Taskbar sounds like you installed an early edition W98 upgrade to a W95 PC that was running IE5 or better. That will corrupt the desktop and cause the problems your describing.

    Can you post the exact error message you were getting?

    Short of a clean install like Mosiac suggested and if the problem is being being caused by what I think it is, the only thing I know of to save the PC would be an uninstall or reinstall of IE5. If you want to try it, this is how it can be done in some cases.

    Restart the PC and keep pressing F8 til you get the startup menu. Select the option for "Command Prompt Only".

    Then type in Edit c:\windows\system.ini and press enter. Now change the line that reads Shell=Explorer.exe to Shell=Winfile.exe

    Now press the ALT key and then use the down arrow to highlight "Save" and press enter.

    Now press alt/ctrl/del to restart the PC. If it boots to FileManager click on File>Run

    Key in c:\progra~1\intern~1\setup\setup.exe

    Click on OK and follow the prompts and complete the setup routine.

    If that command doesnÂ’t work try this if you had IE5 installed


    or this if you had IE 6


    Click on OK and follow the prompts and complete the setup routine.

    Now Restart the PC to a Command Prompt again. Then Edit c:\windows\system.ini and change the Shell=Winfile.exe back to Shell=Explorer.exe and save the changes. Now press alt/ctrl/del to restart the PC and let it boot into Windows.
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