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    reloading Windows 98

    Windows 98 has been asking for the operating disk when I attempt to do different tasks (no particular rhyme or reason to what the tasks are) and I am not sure why <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15> I ran the 'system file checker' and I did repair a couple of files but that didn't help. So rather then keep trying to guess what the problem might be, I am wondering if it would be wise just to reload Windows directly over Windows and is this something that can be done without causing more troubles or bothering the existing data files <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15> It seems to me that it can be done but I just wanted to verify my thinking on this!
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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    When I was useing Win98 I had to do exactly that a couple of times and it never hurt anything and always helped most the time. You also could try a system restore if it just started happening . Pick a restore point or Date before you started having the problem. you won't lose any Documents or settings but you might loose any programs you loaded between now and the Date you picked to go back to. If your not sure how to do that let us know and we can walk you through it.

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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    Thanks Cowboy! I am glad you are riding the range and watching out for us "little people"! Maybe they should make a smiley with a white hat on a tiny horse just for you!! This version of 98 doesn't have a restore point with it....just plain ole Win 98. But I will give it a go,probably tomorrow, and see what happens!!
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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    Win98 How to do a Restore Step by step instructions.
    Also here is a little utillity you can download and use the next time that happens. Here

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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    What Cowboy is referring to is a feature of Windows 98 that came before the days of System Restore - the System Registry Checker. Windows 98 keeps, by default, six copies of your system's registry which can be used to roll the system back to a previous state. Since it doesn't include key system files, it doesn't always work as well as one would like - but it's usually a good way to fix problems. Just remember that a new copy of the registry is backed up on each successful boot, so if you have rebooted more than six times since the weirdness started....you won't have a previous "good" copy.
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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    Just to report back......I have to admit that I restarted by system more then a system restore of the registry would help <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>. So reloading windows over windows was the "repair" that I made and it seems to have corrected my "troubles" thus far! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for the help!


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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Hi Skitterbug, can I ask how you reinstalled 98 over the top of 98? Have not had to do that so far, but interested in case I have a problem that requires me to do this. Thank you.

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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    Cyber, I'm not Skitterbug but it's relatively easy to do. You can just run the setup program on the Windows 98 CD-ROM and it will run the installation process, verifying and updating files as needed.
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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    Hi: I agree with Mark's message but you do have to choose to install it into the original Windows directory to accomplish the re-copying of the files that need to be repaired or re-installed due to accidental deletion or corruption. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> It seems to do a more thorough process then the "system file checker" in "accessories" although I did do that first since it wasn't so drastic a process.

    Doing this didn't hurt any of my files but as usual, the advise to back up information that you want to be sure remains intact, is always a good thing to do before proceeding with any major process. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Hope this helps! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: reloading Windows 98

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Thanks Mark and Skitterbug, I may do a practice run on an old machine coz I worry Ill stuff up this one. Yes I have backed up everything vital. Appreciate the help guys. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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