This was given to me over the phone by a well-known firm when I had one of their machines (in a previous life, as the saying goes!)
Start computer, pressing F8 repeatedly as machine boots up, and select option 5 when offered it. The C:\ prompt appears
Type as shown below within the "" marks, noting the space between 'cd' and the following text, which is important, but ignoring the "" marks. Press 'enter' at the end of each line. I've put what you should see on the screen in brackets.
(Screen shows C:\windows)
(Screen shows C:\windows\options)
(Screen shows C:\windows\options\cabs)
The machine will then reinstall W98SE from its own backup.
From memory, I had very little software to reinstall after this, if any. You will backup all your important data before doing any form of repair, though, won't you!
The well known over the phone company whose name has 4 letters begins with D and ends in L Gave me the same info. But select number 6 You get Dos Prompt. Type in scanreg(leave single space)hit forward slash once, type restore. (no spaces accept the one mentioned
C/:"scanreg /restore" (Leave out " ") Brings up window re "go back" facility. Pick a day that worked ok and thats it. I just did the same 60 minutes ago. All the best and happy Christmas. snowy7077
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