1. That's a bad sign. Secure what files you can't lose.
2. If you don't have your CD-KEY, go get AIDA32 (use GOOGLE to find) to list that CD-KEY (and others out) before you lost it all.
3. AFTER you have secured what you can't lose, find a DRIVE FITNESS TEST from the drive's maker. If it fails, then it's a new drive...
4. Microsoft did not give Windows ME any repair tools such as we found in Windows 98. It's been part of the reason for the love you see for Windows ME. Yes, I'm kidding. But not about the lack of repair tools.
Running WinMe, Celeron 400 MHz on old HP Pavilion 4535 (expect to get new one in a couple of weeks but would like this to be usable 2nd unit). I have had failure to shutdown problems for several months. ScanDisk runs every time I start the computer and usually comes up with the following error message:
"ScanDisk Found an error on Win Me_Boot C:" (That is my C:\ drive, the boot drive.) It says: "This drive's boot area contains important information that is damaged or invalid. This can cause Windows to report the drive's free space incorrectly or slowly. ScanDisk repairs the boot area by recording the correct values in this area." It offers a choice to either "repair the error" or " ignor this error and continue." Apparently, the error is not repaired or is created again during the next shutdown. Any ideas? Thanks.
PS - I have determined that the "hang at shutdown" problem does not occur if I disable Ndis.vxd, but then other networking things don't work. I have not been able to find a conflict in hardware. Is there any way to repair Windows Me files?