Win98SE boot problem - cannot reinstall / repair

  Jon-Dalton 15:28 10 Feb 2005
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Can anyone help?
I've got a friends old 266MHz machine running win98se. It hangs on the second splash screen from boot-up. There is no floopy drive in the computer, and making the CD Rom the first in boot sequence (via bios) dosn't work either - the original win98se disk will not auto load. How can I get into the operating system to find out whats going on and repair it? Thanks!

  MichelleC 15:47 10 Feb 2005

Try going into safemode (Ctrl on mine) and see if a device has gone awol (in Device Manager) and change driver. You can also run sfc in safemode, run scandisc and defrag.

  pk470 17:06 10 Feb 2005

What make of computer have you got?? all computers running W98 had a floppy drive.

  Diemmess 17:18 10 Feb 2005

If you follow MichelleC's advice you might try tapping F8 during bootup, but before the point where Windows starts to load

  Jon-Dalton 19:37 10 Feb 2005

Hitting F8 during boot-up and going into good old fashioned MS DOS and running c:\windows\command\scanreg.exe enabled me to roll back to a previous good registry backup that allowed windows to work and loaded the device settings for the CD Rom too.
The floppy drive has been cannabilised out of the machine I think!

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