That error message isn't a really good thing to have. The links below should help you work through it:
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 197685 Err Msg: While Initializing Device Shell: Cannot Find or Load..
While initializing device shell:
Hope this helps.
i am trying to reboot my computer from ms dos as it doesnt automatically boot from windows.I have the boot disc and the windows 98 installation disc but i cant get it 2 boot from the floppy and when i load on safe mode it almost boots up but at the end i get the error message......while initialising device shell : cannot find or load required file krnl386.exe. the file was not found press any key 2 continue but wen i do it shuts down can anyone help? thanx