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Computer Crash - Must Reinstall Windows problem

by trailrunners / September 15, 2004 1:07 AM PDT

My computer crashed last night. It froze up when trying to get online, and I couldn't ctrl-alt-delete to restart it, so I had to reboot it. When it rebooted, all kinds of files needed to run Windows were not there including turbovbf.vxd, nwredir.vxd, nwlink.vxd, nscl.vxd, vgartd.vxd, c:/windows/system/gxpmw.vxd, wpsrcom.386, wpssem.386, wpsrbnd.386, turbovcd.vxd, and also "error loading mouse.drv you must reinstall windows"

So, I need to reinstall Windows to get my computer to boot up. I could not start the computer in safe mode. Another major problem, is that my floppy drive (drive ASmiley does not work. So, I can't use a boot disk in the floppy drive to get the computer booted up.

How can I reinstall Windows 98 without a floppy disk drive or boot disk? Is it possible. I can get MS DOS prompts, and I do have the Windows 98 CD, but I can't figure out how to boot up the computer or reinstall windows 98 from the CD in MS DOS mode. I do have a functioning Zip drive. Can I use the Zip drive as a boot up disk?

Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Computer Crash - Must Reinstall Windows problem
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 1:12 AM PDT
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Re: Computer Crash - Must Reinstall Windows problem
by Kees Bakker / September 15, 2004 1:47 AM PDT

This takes some typing, if your Windows 98 cd isn't bootable.

You must edit config.sys and autoexec.bat to give CD support. An example is on a bootable diskette. And it assumes you have a DOS-mode cd-driver on your hard disk. It's a basic 20-year old DOS-thing, not difficult at all once you know what you do and once you have an example. That driver (something like cd.sys) should be in the root folder.

Then copy all files in c:\windows\command to the root folder also. Then you've got a nice working MS-DOS 7.0 system with cd-support. Check and recheck if everything works.

Time to run scandisk on c: (including surface check). I suppose it will report some problems. But if there are no serious things, you can now delete the windows folder and Program Files. Then run setup from the CD. All your data will be safe.

Hope this helps.


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On second thought ...
by Kees Bakker / September 15, 2004 7:06 PM PDT

it might be easier to install a working diskette drive!
Even when new, they aren't expensive.


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