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When i try to start win 98 it comes to the win98 splash screen... loads the autoexec and config.sys without an error then win98 screen comes again .. then black with the following message:

initialize of IOS:
Error:the driver of the I/O system was not load a file in the subdirectory .\iosubsys is corrupt or there is not enough memory
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by:Jeffl8n
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I am having the same problem as suschni, when I start Windows 98 it comes up with that error.  Before I had to reinstall Windows and I had to manually extract some of files needed for Windows also.  I have searched the Windows databases and tried most of what they say to do.  None of it has worked so far. I will get back to you after i try more options.  Email me if you have any questions.  
Jeff
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I have experimented with the computer of mine that had that same error appear.  This method is the only one that i found worked.  

If you can backup the c:\windows directory, I would recommend it so you can have easier access to old system files.  After that, delete the c:\windows directory in DOS.  Copy the files from the [CD Drive]:\win98 directory to a c:\windows\options directory.  

Then restart your computer in DOS and run c:\windows\options\setup.exe.  That should install Windows 98 from the hard drive.  Also when it usually asks for the Windows 98 CD, you wont have to put it in.  

The only downside to doing this, is you will might have to create all the shortcuts for the start menu manually.  You may also have to reinstall some software, only if the program put some files into the c:\windows directory.  

This method of reinstalling Windows 98 worked for me.  If you need help doing any of this feel free to email me.  I will keep watch on this question.  

Jeff
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