I had an invalid disk message this morning and was told by helpline to reinstall windows 98. Completely gutted that is reverted to an very old version. Any suggestion to find my lost documents. Thanks very much from a novice.
"invalid disk" suggests that you left a floppy in the drive. What help desk told you to reinstall windows. You sadly will not be able to recover those documents. reinstall of windows is really a last resort. I guess the most important lesson you should have learnt is to back up often. You will of course need to go to the windows website and load all the patches again. If your hard drive is big enough you might consider going for windows xp. A little tip here, save a copy of your "my documents" folder to the C: drive so that you can recover it ( not overwritten by a reinsatll) also back it up to floppy, copy also the folder called "desktop" as this often helps. You should back up the registry too and keep a copy on cd if you can.
Iam really a novice and was not looking under the bonnet. As the computer was not booting, the"expert" told me to load the Bios Set up and cahnge the boot sequence to CD rom, C and A After that He told me to reinstall Windows 98. The old version came with Internet explorer 4 and the screen was with huge icons. Was this Safe mode ?? I think It did happen once.
Evening JIM. Werde, you say "I reinstalled with the CD-ROM and rebooted from the hard disk." please just explain that one. Did you install Win98 over the top of the current version or did you boot from the CD and use a recovery disk or full installation disk. If the latter did you format the disk? are you offered the option of a dual boot? How many partitions do you have?