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Hello, stars,

My son has an IBM ThinkPad laptop with Win98.  Recently, he loaded a game (unknown to me) that made a switch setting somewhere.  Here is the problem:  During boot up, the Windows 98 screen appears for a few seconds, then goes into a DOS window with C:\>Windows\ and the cursor sits an blinks as in the old DOS days.  Have looked at the config.sys and autoexec.bat, autoexec.ini and some of the other files with similar names.  I don't see anything that would have set the switch any other way.  One time, while pounding on the F8 key, Windows allowed me the menu to start in Safe mode.  I did delete some programs, but that didn't help, either.  Will look at it one more time tonight before I take it to the shop tomorrow.  
Thanks for your input.

FlSteve
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Look at c:\windows\dosstart.bat

Otherwise the problem is in the REGISTRY.  Look at that with REGEDIT.
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try start run and type MSCONFIG

check in the start up tab and see if you see any reference to the programs you deleted. Also try selective startup and uncheck auto exec and config sys and see how it boots.If it boots normally then your problem is in one of those files
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Check out this article on the file msdos.sys:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q118/5/79.asp

Open the file following the instructions there, and make seure there's a line that says

BootGUI=1

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Also in the Config.sys file you may see the following command.

DOS=Single

If you see this command then put a semi-colon in front of it.
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Stars,

Thank you for taking the time to respond and give great answers.  Will be back on Tuesday (USA) to let you know what I learned and accomplished or vice versa.

FlSteve

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Thank you!  When I entered this place, I changed 3 lines in the config.sys file.  They were:

c:\windows
call c:\windows\command.com
c:\windows\win.com  /xm

When I commented out these lines, and rebooted it, it worked fine.  Will continue to search to see how I can tweak this machine.  Now my son can do his resume and I can have my computer back.  Thank you very much.  

I started with the first post and worked through the successive ones.  I really appreciate all the comments and input on this situational posts.  Thank you.  Will return when I need more help.

FlSteve

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