Windows 98 restart problem

Posted on 2001-06-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Hi experts,

 I faced a problem in Windows 98, when I restart my computer to dos prompt. I have a error message that say * windows protection error. You have to restart the computer.*

Any solution?

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Please see
General Error Messages and Fixes/Windows Protection Errors

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I had this error and it was related to USB devices plugged in to the computer.  I unplugged them and it booted up just fine.  Then I went to the net and downloaded all the latest drivers.
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by:Asta Cu
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Hi, TLANG.  Windows Protection errors can be significant and many potential causes.


1)  Did you uninstall something about this time?  If so, what?  Chances are you deleted a key system files in a shared directory...

2)  Did you install something new?  If so, what?

Check WindowsUpdate for enhancements/patches and fixes pertinent to your Operating System OS drivers and IE Browser as well as VML, etc.

Can you do a SHUTDOWN RESTART?  If so, do this several times and let me know if it starts OK, AND if any error messages result.

Can you choose to go to a MS Dos Command prompt directly from within Windows without any errors?

Have you cleared your browser's cache (temporary internet files, history files) and run Maintenance (cleanup/scandisk/defrag)?  If not, do so as soon as you can and if problems, do this in SAFE MODE.

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ID: 6162479
Probably ATA 100 disk drive which was installed in Windows but without drivers for DOS.  I have seen this one myself.  By chance, how old is your system and what devices are you running?  General info on system such as CPU, motherboard or system brand as well as OS are always useful to know.

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ID: 6163626
The error you have is related to a virtual device driver (VxD).  You might find the information on the following MS support page useful ...
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TLANG, any solution yet?

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When you say restarting into DOS mode do you mean from the Start/Shutdown menu?  If so then this isn't the same DOS session you get when you start DOS from the boot load menu (F8 on startup) as parts of Windows stay in memory.  Perhaps there is a program in your dosstart.bat (if you are using Start/Shutdown) that is doing something Windows won't allow like overwriting memory it's using or accessing locked system files or something like that.  Try going through dosstart.bat and commenting out any programs in there one by one to see if any of them are causing the problem.  It might be useful if you could post the contents of your dosstart.bat file as a comment here.  Out of interest, is your drive formatted using FAT16 or FAT32?  To find out go to My Computer, right click your C: drive and choose properties and look for File System.

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