starting win98se

  BODS 07:32 27 Mar 2006

hi, my pc amd xp1600 runs win98se.512 mem 2x 40gb h/disks dvdrw dvd rom, until 2 days ago worked ok but now at start up goes throu post screen shows win98ogo then dislays a message while initialzing device config pc just hangs at this, anyone have ideas what has caused this

  mgmcc 09:13 27 Mar 2006

Try this - immediately after powering on tap the "F8" key until the Boot Menu is displayed and then select the option to boot to "Command Prompt Only". At the C:\> prompt, type:


and press Enter. Select a registry from a date when the PC booted properly and press "R" to restore it. After the restoration you will be prompted to Restart. Press "R" again to restart the PC.

  Wak 09:15 27 Mar 2006

I assume you've run the System File Checker??
Go to Start/ Run. Type SFC in the box, click OK.
You may need the Win 98SE CD to replace any corrupt or missing files.

  bjh 09:17 27 Mar 2006

Using a Win98 startup disk (available from click here if you don't have one)
boot to the c:\ prompt (you may need to config your BIOS to boot from floppy)

At the C: prompt, type scanreg /restore

This will check your registry, and also allow you to restore a previous registry that booted successfully

Hope this helps

  woodchip 09:19 27 Mar 2006

To Run SFC the Prompt as to say C:\WINDOWS

  woodchip 09:22 27 Mar 2006


SFC.exe resides in C:\Windows\System folder

  Stuartli 09:31 27 Mar 2006

SCANREG /RESTORE saved a lot of heartache when I used to use Windows 98SE - great to just pick a previous working point...:-)

By the way have you also installed the final release of the "Unofficial" Windows 98SE Service Pack?

It can be found at:

click here

  BODS 09:38 27 Mar 2006

thanks to all who gave advice to above problem, used the scanreg /restore win 98se up and running appears trouble due to avg anti virus prog no longer in use

thanks once again to all

  CHAIRLEG 09:53 27 Mar 2006


  Wak 12:48 27 Mar 2006

Quite right, Woodchip. Obviously, my brain was still in neutral so early on a Monday.

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