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Losing System Files

Just purchased IBM Aptiva that came pre-loaded with Win98.Have had to reformat hd and reinstall software from recovery disk 3 times in last week. About every third time bringing system up, have error of missing files. Sometimes Himem.sys, emm.sys, various .dll files, you name it. This is driving me nuts!! Read some previous questions, wondering if possible link is my Zip drive? Maybe some compatibility problems? Anyway, any help on how to restore Win98 without reformatting hd would be gratefully accepted.
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Darcy, I know your feeling...^^; I think I reinstalled Windows95 hundred times and Windows98 is going to be the same as win95. Anyway do you have a Window98 CD? If you have a CD, you don't have to format your hard disk.
1. Copy all files in folder 'Win9X' in your CD to your hard disk. Example for
2. Boot in DOS prompt mode - press F8 key while your window are starting and select the Only prompt mode.
3. Rename the windows folder. example for
    'C:>ren windows oldwin98' -> this will change your folder of windows.
4. Rename the windows execute file named 'win.com'.
    'C:/oldwin98>ren win.com win.cop'
5. Run set-up executable file in your backup folder.
6. If you have a problem on new setting up, you can be back to initial stage. (just do a reverse operation of 3 and 4)

Anyway, your problem looks like a 'bad installation' or some kind of file system error. A new set-up can fix both problem through SCANDISK or something.
If you still have a problem after new installation, reject my answer and notify me.
Darcy091898Author Commented:
This didn't exactly solve the problem, but it gave me some thoughts and I have a patch pretty well nailed (I think! Famous last words I know). I'm also removing Norton Anti-Virus, cuz I know that can cause alot of problems too. It's worth the points to get me going in the right direction.
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