I'm having significant problems with Windows 98. Hoping someone here can help... Here is what happened: as of yesterday, everything was fine. Bought a new CDRomR drive, installed it, and it worked fine, except when I tried to use it with Roxio CD Creator 5, when I went to burn a CD, the new drive (drive E) was not listed in drives I was able to burn to. It still listed my old drive (drive D) which was writeable, but not E at all. It didn't make sense to me, since everything worked fine with the new drive E, (i.e. it played CDs, acknowledged in all profiles, etc.). So I thought it might be a problem with CD Creator. I tried to uninstall it, and then reinstall. I inserted my original CD Creator disk, and uninstalled what was on my computer. Then it said to reinstall, the computer would have to be restarted. I clicked okay, it shut down, but then once it booted back up, it went through the whole booting, the windows logo came on, and at the point where normally the desktop would appear and the icons would appear, I got the following message:
"Error loading Explorer.exe. You must reinstall windows"
I click OK on that and then it says
"A required .DLL file SHLWAPI.DLL was not found"
then my computer is frozen.
I restart, same thing. So I slip in my Win98 disk, and boot from it, and reinstall. I do the reinstallation, everything is fine to the point where it asks to restart the computer. I do, and then it boots up again, and at the same spot as before.. same problem! I try to reinstall again, nothing different.
I tried everything.. loading thruogh DOS, using safe mode, etc. Nothing.
So I started doing a little research on the net using my other computer and finding out people with similar problems and what they did. One instance someone was advised to download the shlwapi.dll file and add it to the c:/windows/system folder through DOS. Which I did. And then reloaded the computer..
Same problem occured except now it comes up with that same "error loading explorer.exe you must reinstall windows message" and then "A required .DLL file xxxxxx was not found" comes up. The "xxxxx" (which used to be the shlwapi.dll file) is now just seemingly ramdom letters/symbols that look like "BU'JEAIII.DLL" but the E is that old shakesperean capital E, the A is the capital A with a french accent going away to the left on the top, and the III is like three North-south dashes symbol. Anyways, same result, I can't get in at my files and I'm stuck.
What can I do??? please help!!! I CAN'T lose all my files on the C drive. I have so much important stuff there. I just want to fix this problem! I appreciate any and all advice, and please provide as much detail step-by-step that I should do. Thanks so much!!!!