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SITUATION: I was in the process of downloading ans installing critical fixes for Win98 from MicroSofts web site .  My laptop ran out of power in the middle of the process and died.  Now when I try to boot up I get a message:
Invalid system disk
Replace the disk, and then press enter

Well, I've did in fact put a Win98 boot disk in and ran scandisk, chkdsk and also ran a surface scan.  No luck.

What to do, What to do.
ryan3dAsked:
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hewittgConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Good luck in your adventures, need any more help feel free to ask.

Glenn
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trekie1Commented:
try this boot with 98 startup disk  and when prompted select no cdrom support and at A: type A:\sys C:
then reboot
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hewittgCommented:
Ryan,
When you have the system disk in and it boots up, at the a: type sys c:

What this will do is reapply the sys files to the c:.  

Let us know if this helps.
When you boot into 98, you may have some other problems, so we will go from that point.

Glenn
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ryan3dAuthor Commented:
Glenn,
I type it in and I got a windows splash screen.  Then the laptop goes automatically to the c: prompt.  Good so far.  Now, how do I get 98 to start automatically?

Thanks,
Matt
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ryan3dAuthor Commented:
ADDITTIONAL INFO: I don't remember if I loaded Win98 on top of Win95 on this machine.  It may only have 95 on it.  I know it sounds stupid.
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hewittgCommented:
Ryan,
Try going to the windows directory and type "win"

Let's see what happens

Glenn
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ryan3dAuthor Commented:
I typed in WIN while in the WINDOWS directory.  RESULT: Bad command or file name.
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hewittgCommented:
Ryan,
Give this a try.

At the dos prompt, change directories to c:\Windows\Command
Now type SCANREG/FIX <enter>
Follow the dialogue and let Scanreg review your registry and make any necessary repairs.
When Scanreg is done, reboot into Windows.

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ryan3dAuthor Commented:
I can't do the above suggestion because I can't seem to find the subdirectory COMMAND.  I'm wondering if I have HIDDEN files and directories.

The only directories I see are
C:\Windows -- with no subdirectories
C:\Progra~1 -- witch contains my programs

I forget the attrib command to unhide (if they exist) the other files and directories.


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hewittgCommented:
They should not be hidden.  It seems that they have been deleted for some reason (bad news).  the attribute is the -h.  Let me do some more checking and allow for others to chime in on this problem.

Will get back

Glenn
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ryan3dAuthor Commented:
Thanks much
Matt
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hewittgCommented:
Ryan,

When you get to the c:
what directories are present.  Does it seem that files and directories have been deleted based on the amount of free space?  If this is the case, a reinstall must be done.  I hate to recommend that.  I would leave this question open for a while to see what others have to say.

Glenn    
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ryan3dAuthor Commented:
I had to move on, so I'm reinstalling windows.

Thanks to everyone.

Matt
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