HELP! Windows 98SE won't boot...

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  1. NEW996

    NEW996 New Member

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    Been using this =computer at home for several years now. Monday I installed successfully a DVD burner/drive and Thurs night added new memory (bumped from 256 to 768 by adding another 512.

    All is well. Surdfed and played on a quicker and seemed more stable 'puter.

    This morning the thing wouldn't boot!

    It would go thru dos boot, say AVG says no virus', then stop and say:

    The following file is corrupted or missing: c:\windows\himem.sys
    The following file is corrupted or missing: c:\windows\dblbuff.sys
    The following file is corrupted or missing: c:\windows\ifshlp.sys
    The following file is corrupted or missing: c:\windows\win.com

    I really can't afford to lose all the data currently on my harddrive, so I do not want to format and reinstall windows 98se as I will lose everything from photos to resumes.

    yes, I have backups, but not of every file I created in he last week or two.

    Can I just use scanreg/restore and use an older date???

    Any help would be appreciated!!!
     
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    Use a 98 boot disk and copy those files into the windows folder from the disk.
     
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    DAN513 OT Supporter

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    failing being able to copy the files from the cd, you can always install over top. It may change some of your settings, but it will preserve your data.
     
  4. NEW996

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    I have a neighbor who is in IT for a living, he came over last night and did just that for me.

    The only problem is, it seems my old OS was eradicated, that is what the originnal problem was. So now while I still have all the old fils and data, it is scattered about in the old windows folders. I have to spend time reorganizing all the folders.

    :ugh:
     
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    Its better then losing them isn't it?
     
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    yes, yes it is.
     

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