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    Can't get past opening Windows screen

    Help! My machine boots up ok, does the diagnostics etc and then gets stuck on the opening Windows screen " Microsoft Windows 98". I can hear the disc wanting to move on, but it seems to be stuck. Can I use the boot-up floppy disc to get me into Windows, I get to the A> prompt? Thanks.

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    Can you boot up in Safe Mode? (Hit F8 at the beep)

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    Wow, real time reply. Thanks very much. Any way of curing the problem so I can get past the Windows screen?

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    Real time? - nah, I recorded it earlier. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    But, can you get into Windows in safe mode? - this may give an indication of what is causing the problem.

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    Fraid F8 does not help. I only get a beep on start-up. Anything else I could try?

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    Ok, managed at last to get an F8 response. On selecting 3. Safe Mode I finally got the message ' Data error reading drive C Abort, Retry Fail' Is this serious? Thanks.

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    This time I selected option 4. Step-by-step confirmation on the Windows 98 Startup Menu. Windows prompted for confirmation of each startup command. I selected yes for 'Process the system registry'. It has been stuck on this. So, there seems to be a fault in the registry commands. If so, is there a way to fix this eg by accessing an old registry file? Thanks.

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    Latest position. It appears that there may be a bad sector on c:windows sub directory, When I do a dir i get the message 'Data error reading drive c Abort, Retry, Fail?' This happens after the file sysini.qtw. Is there an obvious file after that? Thanks.

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    Not sure if my system files are corrupted. Is there any way could check this and could I use my windows98 upgrade CD in any way?

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    Re: Can't get past opening Windows screen

    It's drastic measures time. I can get the dos prompt C> and list the directories. However, there is no valid drive letter recognised for the CD Rom drive. So, how can I copy my files from C to the CD Rom? Drive A is too small to copy all the files.

    Is an alternative solution to remove the hard disc and put it into another computer and read it that way? I'll copy this to the general discussion list as there may be ideas there. Thanks.

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