error loading gdi.exe
1. Somehow some files are corrupted, so Win95 couldn't boot.
2. I ran ScanDisk.exe, then found system.dat, system.da0, system.cb, user.dat, win.com, win.ini, himem.sys, ifshlp.sys are missing.
3. So I copied win.com, himem.sys, ifshlp.sys from Win95 CD to proper directories on hard disk, and copied system.1st to system.dat.
4. When I rebooted, I got the above error msg.
I tried safe mode, command prompt only, step-by-step, and safe mode command prompt. Booting succeeded only in safe mode command prompt. In step-by-step, if I choose not to run win.com, there's error msg. If I then type WIN /D:M, the above error msg shows up again. Same error msg for safe mode and command prompt only.
I also tried with a boot disk downloaded from bootdisk.com. Same thing! I noticed that system.ini has the line "display=pnpdrvr.drv". But I couldn't find the file. All system files and hidden files searched. So I changed it to vga.drv. But the error msg is the same!
Anyone have any idea? I'm offering high points cuz I think the chance the problem could be solved is very slim. I don't want to reinstall Win95 unless I have to.