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Help with a Windows 98 SE .dll file

I was recently cleaning out my computer to free up space. I accidentally deleted a vital .dll needed for the computer startup. This file was called MSVCRT.dll and I cannot access the main screen of the computer. When startup is about to finish, it says to reinstall Windows 98 SE and then the screen freezes. Because of this, I cannot access "my computer" to reinstall this .dll that I need. I have tried a using different cd-rom drive and I have even tried to use dos mode to manually reinstall the .dll. I have a second computer so I have downloaded the .dll into both a floppy disk and a cd but as soon as I entered dos mode, the A drive(floppy), the E drive(cd-rom), and even the D drive(cd reader/burner) all go offline.

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MS-DOS is the primary way to go here. If you boot into MS-DOS the cd-rom is inaccessible indeed, but the a:-drive should be active. It's very strange it isn't.

The other way around then. Get your EBD (Emergency Boot Diskette), or make one with a program you can download from Then go into the BIOS and set the machine to boot from a: first. Then boot and choose CD-support. Note the driver-letter the cd gets. It won't be d:, and can be anything from e: to z:.

Then put the cd in, and use MS-DOS copy command like in
>copy r:\msvcrt.dll c:\windows\system
if r: is the drive letter for the cd-rom and you burned the file into the root folder.

Hope this helps.


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This is a particularly touchy file because it is in use at all times and w98 won't let you mess with it. I doubt you copied it to a floppy, check the properties (0 bytes?). I suppose you could use another w98 pc and run SFC to extract the file to a floppy, then slave the bad Hdd and insert it?
Reinstall/overinstall of W98 usually doesn't help much except in the case of missing files.
I've done it s few times and it didn't hurt anything. All new programs-info-data-etc were left alone but you must know your 5x5 product key and to specify the old C:/windows for the directory. It may try to install in a new directory C:/windows001.
This is also a file that won't copy over when you try to copy a Hdd, unless you slave the Hdd. As master Hdd, like on the 2nd IDE channel, it is seen as an active device and the file is protected. You may also find many copies of this file in other programs-areas because it is part of their program, but not if it is in c:/windows/system as they all will use it from there and the other copies disappear.

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