windows 98 won't start: DOS:C\WINDOWS\WININIT.EXE

  Eusabius 16:11 14 Jul 2004

Here's the problem: the computer starts as normal, recognizing the cdrom drives ok, then, when it would normally start toload windows 98 se, this appears at the C prompt:


then, about a third of the way in from the left, another prompt appears; beneath this , and even further in from the left appears the following

e h i k l n o p q r s t u v w x y z

followed by these brackets:{}which contain a vertical broken bar sign followed by a series of a's and e's with a variety of foreign accents above them.

On the next line it says: Press any key to continue...

However, pressing any key turns off the computer {which turns off after about a minute anyway)

I have a windows 98 startup disk but it hasn't been of any use so far. I have a tight deadline and this is a disaster!

By the way: if I hadto, could I install a new hard disk, load win 98 onto it, and copy the files off the old hard drive(I can access the c drive with with the help of the startup disk., and a a scan afew days ago said that there were no bytes in damaged areas, the the drive seems to be ok)

  Valvegrid 18:18 14 Jul 2004

Sorry I haven't got an answer to your problem, but this maybe the cause:

click here

  Dan the Confused 20:47 14 Jul 2004

I think you can just copy this file from another machine with Win98se to your machine. It fits onto a floppy easily.

  Dan the Confused 20:51 14 Jul 2004

Boot with your startup disc and type:

copy b:\wininit.exe c:\windows (press enter)

This should prompt you for the floppy it's on.

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