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Everytime i start up win 98, i get a windows protection error.  Then it tells me to reboot my computer. I can't get in to win98.
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by:linschoten
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If you have installed new software remove it from the device manager from Safe Mode. Also check if any drivers are being loaded that do not exist. Safe Mode is the best place to start.
If you cannot get into Safe Mode, run an antivirus diskette on the machine. This sort of problem exists if you have a boot sector virus... especially if you run Bios Drive Overlay software on drives larger that 512Mb that do not support LBA mode.

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by:ace008
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where can i get a anti virus disk and i can't get into safe mode.  and how do i check the drivers that do not exist.
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ShannonBoy earned 400 total points
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Im just making a wild guess here but I bet your system is a Gateway 2000??????

Right, when Windows is booting press F8 and go into DOS prompt
1. Type CD WINDOWS to get into the windows directory.

2.
Type
ATTRIB -H -R -S SYSTEM.DAT <ENTER>
ATTRIB -H -R -S SYSTEM.DA0 <ENTER>
ATTRIB -H -R -S USER.DAT <ENTER>
ATTRIB -H -R -S USER.DA0 <ENTER>
to unhide the required files

3.
Type
COPY SYSTEM.DA0 SYSTEM.DAT <enter>
COPY USER.DA0 USER.DAT <enter>
to overwrite the registry with the backed up versions

4.
Reboot the system. If that works, skip the rest, otherwise follow the
instructions below.

Start in MS-DOS mode as above, and type CD WINDOWS

5. (warning: the next command removes your system files! they will be replaced by the re-installation!)

type
DEL *.INI <ENTER>
DEL SYSTEM.DAT <ENTER>
DEL USER.DAT <ENTER>
DELTREE SYSTEM <ENTER> and answer Y when asked to confirm deletion.

Reinstall windows (boot up from your bootable disk and install operating system)

That should get the system up and running, IT DID FOR ME.

****One thing you should note is any 32 bit sofware you have on you system will have to be re-installed to get the system files back into the system folder.****

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by:ace008
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yes it worked for me one time, but this time it didn't. I fixed it by reinstalling win 98 because i had a virus.
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