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My boss gave me his computer to upgrade to win98 from 95.  I cloned his hard drive with ghost and installed a new elsa board in win95 before the upgrade.  Everything was Okay until after 98.  any attempt to get into the display properties or active desktop yields the message "error while working with desk.cpl".  I know this to be the display properties program file itself but am unsure to what else its connected to and the general nature of the error.

Thing I've tried:

-I've updated the Elsa drivers with new ones current as of 12/14/98
-I replaced the desk.cpl file with one from another machine.
-I've deleted all instances of the elsa card from safemodes device manager and tried installing a viper 550 with to no avail.
-I've reinstalled windows 98.

maybe there is a botched registry entry or txt editor readable file like an *.ini with a bad path. This would be the only thing I can think of that would be around after an upgrade.  I really don't know.  any suggestions?
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HI TSeman!

Okay, let's give this a try.

1. Install the card that you want to use.
2. Boot to safe mode and remove the video drivers and in device manager remove the video card. This may lock your system, but no matter.
3. Boot to a MSDos prompt and then rename both Win.com and Win.ini to Win.xxx and .zzz.
4. Insert the emergency boot disk you made when installing Win98 and boot to it and use cd rom support.
5. Run setup from their. This should reset your hardware detection baseline, which has no resemblance to Win95.
Dennis
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As it turns out I did solve the problem by re-ghosting the drive and starting over.  (The Senic Route)  I decided on the impression that the month old drivers would work and it was the way I installed everything that didn't.  Figuring something was amiss in the registry, I went into safe mode and deleted all the old used and unused drivers from windows 95 and the installed the ELSA drivers in regular mode before the next attempt at the upgrade. Low and Behold It worked.  Thank you very much for your time and concideration T.S.
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Anytime TS, and if the same thing reoccurs, come back to this question!
Dennis
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