windows startup

Posted on 2000-05-07
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
A couple of days ago a thunder storm was headed my direction. I shutdown and unplugged everything like I always do and when the storm was over I hooked everything back up and restarted my computer.Now before it will load windows I get a win 98 startup screen asking me if I want to go into safe mode, command prompt etc. If I choose #1, "Normal Mode" it will go ahead and load windows. I've run scandisk & scanreg and it didn't help.

I have a pentium III-500, 128 M ram, running win 98 se.

Thanks for any help.

Question by:2acres
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hewittg earned 400 total points
ID: 2786480
Try this

type in msconfig
at the first screen hit the advanced button
look and see that the enable startup screen tab is not marked.

Hope it helps.


Expert Comment

ID: 2786498
Open [explorer][folder options][view]<toggle><show all files>[ok].
You should still be in explorer, highlight c:\, in left pane right click on 'msdos.sys', [properties][uncheck read only [apply][close]. Right click on 'msdos.sys' [open with]<notepad>

Under [Options]

BootMenu=0 (value of 1 loads boot menu you are seeing every time you boot up).

save, exit and reboot.

Repeat process to make msdos.sys read only again.

Author Comment

ID: 2786532

Thanks. Your suggestion worked.

Two more things though. How did it get that way & on the general tab, selective startup is checked instead of normal startup? It's working like it always did now, but I was just wondering.

Thanks again.

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Expert Comment

ID: 2786577
I cannot explain why it did it.  I had that happen once on one of the pc's I maintain and could never explain why.  The selective startup is the default.  If it is working fine I would leave it alone.
Glad you are up and running.


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