Unable to Boot Windows ME

  mxyzptlk 22:15 03 May 2003

I can't boot Windows ME in either Safe Mode or Normal Mode. I get a DOS window opening with "Explorer" in the Title Bar and an error message that says "This program has performed an illegal operation and will be terminated . . .etc", also "The program tried to execute an invalid instruction, Fault Location 0C0F:0120 Interrupts in service: None"

When I click OK the PC shuts down. I suspect a Virus but can't find an anti-virus program that I can run from the command prompt.

Can anyone help (I've tried reinstalling windows)?

  Cuddles 22:48 03 May 2003

Have you tried the free AVG antivirus programme.

  VoG™ 22:59 03 May 2003

You might have a boot sector virus. If you can get to a command prompt enter


(note the space before the /)

Alternatively, most of the good anti-virus programs allow you to create a "rescue" floppy - you would have to do this on another machine, obviously.

  VoG™ 23:34 03 May 2003

and/or from a command prompt


to start System Restore

  VoG™ 22:44 13 May 2003

via e-mail

Thanks for responding. Regret this program would not run under DOS. Tried everything but eventually resorted to a reformat and reload of Windows! At least the PC runs much faster now.


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