Unstable Win98

  Newuser1513 22:17 26 Nov 2003

My Win98 is becoming unstable I am thinking of buying Partition Magic and re-installing to another partition is this a viable option thankyou for any help.


  jimbiggut 22:26 26 Nov 2003

what are your unstable conditions, what is/are the problem (s)?

  Newuser1513 20:38 27 Nov 2003

Thankyou for your interest.
Applications work slowly, desk top keeps refreshing icons, when I booted up 1st Nov. wallpaper had changed icons moved all over the place, couldn't access certain applications,
managed to get my two most important apps. working, but can't get Norton Antivirus running properly, thought I had a virus because of the date but was told Win98 playing up, removed unwanted things and ran disk doctor and other Norton utilities to clean things up. Internet connection disconnects at random, and the setting which tells it to phone my default isp will at random change to never dial my default conn.

  Indigo 1 21:01 27 Nov 2003

Have you tried running defragmenter. Also use both Ad-aware and SyBot Search & Destroy to check for spyware.

  VoG II 21:10 27 Nov 2003

Are you saying that you don't have a working anti-virus?

You might have become infected with one of the viruses that disables anti-virus programs, such as klez.

Try running Stinger click here

And/or do an online scan - take your pick: click here click here click here

  Gongoozler 21:10 27 Nov 2003

Newuser1513, there comes a point where, especially if you have installed and removed a lot of programs, the best course of action is to back up all your data and to reformat your hard drive and reinstall your operating system and software. I think your computer has reached that stage.

  woodchip 21:20 27 Nov 2003

The reason for Unstable Win98, is constantly installing programs that change win98 files. I suggest Try running SFC first put your Win98 disc in the Comp then Go Start/Run type SFC click OK and run the program to look for changed and deleted files

  Babou 00:08 28 Nov 2003

I had a lot of problems with Win98, so many that I dreaded turning on my computer.

The solution turned out to be XP. I've not had any problems since installing it. If you have the room/speed etc, it's worth the upgrade.

  Tog 07:42 28 Nov 2003

The problem with running SFC is that if you don't rerun & update it every time you successfully install a new programme it will flag loads of stuff that you can't be sure needs repairing and probably doesn't. Likewise, if you follow it's advice and repair a file that was altered to allow a currently installed programme to run, you're going to have to reinstall that programme.

Nice idea by M$ but poorly implemented.

  MichelleC 09:24 28 Nov 2003

Another point; NSW's Win Dr can mess things up (as I've found on 98se and w2k). May be best to reinstall os over itself. Also sounds like av may not be working properly. You can check with av online scan click here

  Newuser1513 22:40 28 Nov 2003

Thankyou for helping me with my problem, I think I will try a re-instal, one more thing, I ran Norton Ut. Windoctor and the only thing it found and could not fix was the file, C:\progra~1\access~1\hypert~1\hypertrm.exe does anybody know what file this is. And to go back to my original query apart from the cost can I use Partition Magic and install into that, and if I can is it just a case of then moving my files from one partition to the other or is it not quite so simple as that.

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