Windows98 boot-up problems

  fampatrick 06:39 12 Sep 2003

Following an unsuccessful attempt to uninstall Windows 98 in order to install 98SE, I now have the following problems :

1.During Boot-up the following message appears :
Cannot find the device file to run Windows or Windows application
The Windows reg or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file but the device no longer exists
If deleted on purpose try uninstalling the application using its uninstall or setup program
If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file

2.Explorer (not Internet Explorer) will not start & I get the following message :
The program has performed an illegal operation & will be shut down
Explorer executed an invalid instruction module unknown> at 0000:00447DAC

I would be most appreciative of help


  Wes Tam ;-) 06:49 12 Sep 2003

fampatrick from click here

"These files are components of the McAfee Antivirus or the McAfee Safe and Sound application. It is a known problem that their uninstall program does not remove these files. You'll need to use the registry editor to correct the error messages.

Make sure you properly backup the registry before attempting changes, then:

1. Click Start, Run and type: RegEdit

2. Locate the following key in the registry:


3. In the right pane, click Fbwin95 or Vshinit once to select it, then press the Delete key.

4. Quit Registry Editor, then restart your computer.

  Valvegrid 07:07 12 Sep 2003

I'm just curious why you didn't re-format the HDD and clean install Windows 98SE?

I expect you had a reason, possibly you didn't mention why.


  -pops- 07:13 12 Sep 2003

Mmmmmmm, installing on top of an old version (as seems the case here) is seldom satisfactory.

You can't beat a reformat (with fdisk) to get things going properly again.

  fampatrick 09:57 12 Sep 2003

If I reformat I presume I will loose all of the data (file etc) on the PC ?
I do not know exactly how I should do the formatting

  fampatrick 16:42 12 Sep 2003

The tip from Wes Tam worked

  raakash 16:49 12 Sep 2003

store ur data in another partion and format the partion on which your windows exists. that will save your data. Before formating check for the drivers of add on cards and devices pluged on ur pc. formating is very simple just type
C:\format X:/s at dos prompt this will make your partion bootable. if ur hdd has only one partion u have to sacrifice your data or to store it on other media like cd-rom or zip as applicable.

  raakash 16:50 12 Sep 2003

sorry I was little bit late

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