won't boot into Windows, keeps ending up at "C:\Windows" prompt

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adaugherty

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This computer is using win98se operating sys.
Computer was shutdown, it was rebooted. The Windows splash screen came up, then it went back to black screen at the C:\WINDOWS prompt.

I tried using win98se bootdisk, and doing a [SYS C:]
Rebooted.
Still ends up at C:\WINDOWS

Tried [win /wx]
Rebooted.
Still ends up at C:\WINDOWS

Tried [REN AUTOEXEC.BAT AUTOEXEC.OLD]
Rebooted.
Finally, something dif, but still not good.
It said that WIN.COM was missing or corrupted.

The next thing I think I might try is:
Bootdisk to cd-rom support
and extract a new win.cnf file and rename it to win.com
Does this look right?

EXTRACT D:\WIN98_25.CAB WIN.CNF /I C:\WINDOWS

I'll wait till I hear from one of you before extracting file, just
in case you have another idea.

Thanks ahead!
adaugherty
 
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adaugherty

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Didn't work AcaCandy.
Replacing the win.com file got rid of the win.com error message, but it still went back to C:\WINDOWS.

WhitPhil, I may give your idea a try, but I'm a little hesitant because it's ending up at C:\WINDOWS, not C:\> , or the BOOT MENU.

Any more ideas anyone?
I really would like to try at least one more thing before resorting to a win98 re-install.

-adaugherty
 

~Candy~

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At that point, type:

win
and press enter

What happens?
 
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At the C:\Windows, Type in and make it look like this C:\Windows\Options\Cabs See if you can get anything at this point...
 
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adaugherty

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AcaCandy, that was one of the first things I tried.
After typing win, it goes through (what appears to be) a normal bootup. Then comes the Win Splash screen. Then it goes back to C:\WINDOWS

It WILL boot in to SAFE MODE, however.
 
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Have you tried restoring a previous registry? From a command prompt enter:

scanreg /restore

use the arrow keys to select a prior started registry. Don't go for the 5th or oldest, as it probably wont restore properly due to a bug.
 

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If that doesn't work, this is probably a 'long shot' but try typing:

exit
and press enter
at the c:\windows prompt.


Also, when you said you tried this:

Tried [win /wx]
Rebooted.
Still ends up at C:\WINDOWS

It was from a 'safe command prompt' boot, correct?
 
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hehehe - that would be funny, AcaCandy!

It will boot in Safe Mode, huh? Did you ever try WhitPhil's suggestion? That really does sound like it could be the prob.
 
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adaugherty

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Rollin' Rog, I DID do a scanreg /restore BUT, I only chose 5th day, then the 4th day. Neither would restore. I haven't actually chosen a more recent date.

AcaCandy, I DIDN'T do the win /wx in "safe mode command prompt". I remember now, I just chose Command Prompt at the boot menu instead of Safe Mode C:\>
Shouyld I give it a try again in "Safe Mode Command Prompt"?

Angel, I think I'll go ahead and try Whitphil's suggestion:
DELTREE C:\WINBOOT.INI

I appreciate the suggestions.
adaugherty
 

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Look at the scanreg /restore dates....if they are all after your problem began, then neither one of them will help you.

And yes, I'd try it again from a 'safe command prompt' since that is what the big "M" suggests :)
 
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Since scanregistry is a part of the startup profile, I don't see how it could replace with a recent date unless a boot in normal mode occured. I've never investigated this -- but if you see more recent dates than the original bad shutdown one that led to the problem, evidently it does. I'd like to know :rolleyes:

(Unless the fall back to c:\windows occurs after the registry is restored and loaded)

Pst...

You can also try:

scanreg /fix

Anyway since you can get to Windows in safe mode, you can go to start and run: msconfig

Do some "cleanboot" troubleshooting....
 

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Duh, sorry Rog....you're right.......I better take the rest of the afternoon off......either that or go get a lottery ticket..... :confused:
 
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