System Halted - Why???
Posted on 1997-11-19
I tried installing an OSR2 version of Windows 95 over my friend's old Windows 95
. But failed. The mistake is probably due to a Norton Antivirus utility which pr
ompts for innoculation or repair for the changing boot record. I forgot and chos
e repair for the first 2 prompts. Then I remembered and chose innoculation after
that. The file system is still in FAT16.
This is what happens during a normal boot: Some message came out and told me tha
t the system files it loaded is not compatible with the new version of windows.
Then it told me to press Contrl-Alt-Del for restarting the computer. Tried the S
afe Mode and it works. It can go into windows in the safe mode. And another thin
g I found out: if I go step by step confirmation option, The message only appear
s after the prompt for "WIN.COM" and "LOAD ALL WINDOWS DRIVERS?" So how?
Then I tried reinstalling windows again... 2 times!!! (Imagine speed on Pentium
100 though 24 MB ram) I tried the two options: Both copying only files which are
corrupted and the option of copying all the files again. None worked. Same prob
I also tried moving the registry file system.dat from c:\windows to c:\ and wind
ows can actually boot into the normal mode!!! Why??? But there is an almost imme
diate error of asking me to restart for windows to restore registry from backup.
Sigh ... seems that there's no way?