Courtesy of Mike Maltby, MS-MVP:
First boot to DOS using a floppy and check whether you have a WININIT.INI file in your C:\WINDOWS folder.
If present rename it to something like wininit.old and try booting again.
It is also probable that you will have to repeat the last software install or update that you made. See MS KB283069 - "Error Message: Windows Could Not Upgrade the File %1 from %2 %1: %2 (http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=283069).
If you can't find a wininit.ini file then I suspect your problem is due to the C:\_RESTORE\TEMP folder having around 64K files in it which is the limit (2**16) for the number of files that can be located in a folder using the FAT32 filing system.
This then results in the "Cannot upgrade file %1 from %2.." message when booting. I suggest you try deleting the _RESTORE folder with the loss of any system restore checkpoints you might have (not that I think they are now usable) and see if that solves the problem.
Delete the folder as follows:
a) Boot to DOS using a floppy. Do NOT choose "Minimal Boot" from the menu when booting from a floppy but rather choose "Start computer with (or without) CD-ROM support" otherwise the ATTRIB command will not be available.
b) At the DOS A:\> prompt, type:
ATTRIB -H -S -R C:\_RESTORE (press enter)
REN C:\_RESTORE OLDREST
c) Remove the floppy
d) Reboot your PC
e) Delete the folder C:\OLDREST
f) Check that an automatic system restore checkpoint was created.
g) Finally adjust the space allocated to the restore folder: System | Performance | File System | Hard Disk and adjust the restore slider to your preferred setting. A figure of 200MB is normally more than adequate for day to day use allowing perhaps a week of checkpoints to be available although increasing this to perhaps 400MB for a few days during periods of
large installs such Microsoft Office is advisable.
I have a Dell Dimension 4100, Windows ME, 512 RAM. Yesterday, I did an upgrade on Total Recorder and when I restarted, I got the error message above. It fills up the whole page, is repeated several times. It says if Windows doesn't start, rerun setup. I've tried hitting F2 and F8, but I can't get out of that screen. I have the reinstallation disk, but when I put that in, nothing happened. I don't have a boot disk. So what do I do?? I think I was told I could make one on the laptop I'm now using> Of course, I want to avoid reinstalling windows and losing everything. HELP!! peggy from lenox