Help booting..

  dejanl23 22:25 29 Jul 2007

I have an ollder computer that has windows 98/me installed and everytime I try to turn it on is says that the system.ini file is missing.

I do not have the original restore discs so I made a bood cd on my newer computer which is running on windows xp.

The boot disc works fine but when the ghost appears on the screen of my old cpu I dont know what to do.

ghost 7.5

my boot cd contains the following files.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:51 29 Jul 2007

I think you'll need to do a repair/reinstall of 98.

If you don't have a Windows installation CD, you may have a CAB directory on your drive, containing the installation files. The default location is C:\Windows\Options\Cabs,
but it could be C:\Win98, or something similar.

See this page for instructions, it applies to 98, as well. "Repair or reinstall Windows
without losing your software and files" click here

  woodchip 23:20 29 Jul 2007

You cannot do much without discs. try Ebay for a 98se disc A tener click here

  dejanl23 17:06 30 Jul 2007

Could I do something if I install a new harddrive.

I currently have a 40gig that im not useing for anything.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:46 30 Jul 2007

Could I do something if I install a new harddrive.

No, it the operating system on the drive that has filed not the drive itself.

Boot from your boot disk

to the command prompt A:
Type C:\ press enter
at the C:\ prompt type

scanreg /restore Press enter

Choose a date before this problem, hit Enter and follow the prompts.
Hopefully, you'll get a message that Windows successfully restored the registry. Then remove the boot disk CTRL_ALT_DEL
to reboot the PC and get back into Windows.

  Diemmess 18:30 30 Jul 2007

Having used Ghost in the past I think though it seems silly, choose exit Ghost.

With a little luck you will see a black screen with A:> or in this case a drive letter for your CDROM Like D:>

Now type in as Fruit Bat /\0/\ suggested

" C:\scanreg /restore "and Enter

The rest should follow.

  Diemmess 18:35 30 Jul 2007

When the scanreg routine is started, remove the CD from the slot because once scanreg has finished your computer will reboot and it would be depressing to see Ghost appear again!

  dejanl23 02:35 31 Jul 2007

I have already tried typing in scanreg restore and it says that there are no files to back up from.

restore failed

  Diemmess 09:20 31 Jul 2007

The Ghost version 7.5 exists on which computer?

If it has been used on the old one, there is a possibility that a large file with the subscript .gho exists somewhere.

This is an image file of your system at the date it was made.
Using your Ghost boot CD, which has Ghost.exe on it and boots into Ghost, you might be able to find an image file and Restore it.

It is a long shot I know ... be lucky!

One more word of caution. Even if you are lucky and find a Ghost image, don't Restore it until you have saved any data you want from the target drive (C:)
Restoration overwrites the drive as part of the process.

  dejanl23 19:55 31 Jul 2007

could I just make a windows install cd?

would it work?

  Diemmess 08:39 01 Aug 2007

As I understand your question the answer is No.

Fundamentaly you need either a pukka Win98(SE?)installation disk, or a vendor installed recovery partition.

One unexplained thing, in your first post you said
[I have an older computer that has windows 98/me installed]

Does this mean that you have ME installed on a separate drive, if so, there may be a solution there?

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