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Posted on Friday, November 12, 1999 - 9:55 am:   

Please help! My Windows 98 SE will not load. Before this problem occurred, I ran System File Checker in Windows to restore and updated some files. After that was done, I rebooted my computer (bad mistake) and that was when Win98 refused to load.

I had tried to use Safe Mode, but right after the "Himem is testing memory.... done" message appears, my computer reboots. If I try Normal boot, the Win98 screen would come on, followed by black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner of the screen, and my computer restarts again!

Step-by-step confirmation was also tried, but to no avail. =( I had checked the Config.sys file for the correct location of Himem.sys and that seems to be correct (Device=C:\Windows\Himem.sys). I've also tried renaming Autoexec.bat and Config.sys so that they won't load on start up.

I've even tried reinstalling Win98 SE but the stupid cd won't allow me to run setup in DOS. This is what I don't understand! When one doesn't have Windows, or can't get into Window in my case, and one needs to (re)install, one is basically sh*t out of luck.. please excuse my french. =) Something else I had tried was going into the CAB files in the Windows directory and ran setup from there. The setup started but then it told me that my computer already has an OS.

I'm really at a complete lost at this moment in time. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance.
Posted on Friday, November 12, 1999 - 6:59 pm:   

what are you using for the previous os. win98? if so, then just reinstall win98 on top of itself. unfortunately, you may also have to reinstall your programs and such. then try installing win98se.

but first, please give a description of the hardware you're using. you may have a hardware conflict as win98se will change your configuration. if, like me, you have a video card that needs a specific setting, you need to not let win98se change it. it won't load. if you can remember the settings for this device or any other one that might have this problem, or have it written down, try safe mode and set this(these) manually. then reboot. it worked for me. unfortunately, win98se does not work correctly with my motherboard. so i had to uninstall it. had a heck of a time doing it, too.

best of luck.
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 1999 - 7:35 pm:   

Not really a good idea to upgrade 98 with SE. Better to do a clean install. ie: fdisk the drive and then reboot with your bootdisk floppy that will load generic CD drivers in place as well as your SE CD. SE will format your disk as part of the install. (At least it did for me but a friend told me it wouldn't do it for him though and he had to run format C: from the floppy and then Setup.exe from the CD). Sage advice though that some m/b's are not compatible with SE. If you have concerns about your video card you can set the System config to Standard VGA to do the install.....then try loading the specific drivers for your card. Worth a try anyway. You're not using a HP are you? If so disregard all of the above. They are absolute dogs that will only reinstall from the HP recovery CD's....of course HP will SELL you one for your system with a new OS if you want!!!!
.....sorry, pet beef. Have seen some horror stories with HP's here in Enzed.
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 1999 - 8:48 am:   

windows98 se should allow you to install from dos. Try this. See if you can get a boot disk for win98 or try and boot to your command prompt. Then got to your cdrom dir and type setup. Now if during setup you get an error saying you already have an operating system then a different version of windows is already installed, or something has changed your system files. (virus ect..)
hope this helps

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