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Hi, .

I have a fairly old ibm aptiva.  But it is a workhorse and continues to provide the kids with an economical word processing and internet machine.  It runs Windows 98

Yesterday for the first time ever I ran into a problem.  Upon startup, the boot sequence begins and then stops at the following command.

c:/windows

earlier in the boot sequence there is also one line that says

Windows is starting your ms dos program (not sure if this was always there)

Can any one help.  i can always reinstall, but i bet this one has a very easy fix.

thanks so much....in advance

david
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stevenlewis earned 200 total points
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try typing
exit after it stops at the line
c:\windows
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by:ahmedbahgat
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Hi,

Try and type win at the prompt c:\windows

and see if windows starts, if this is the case then all you need to do is add the win command at the end of Autoexec.bat file

cheers
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by:war1
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Dgeske,
   Do a registry restore.  At the C:\windows prompt, type scanreg /restore. Select a date before this occurred. Reboot.

Best wishes, war1
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by:esvaem6
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war1,
I would imagine that a registry restore would *not* fix this problem as it is in the boot sequence.  As for adding a win.com command at the end of the autoexec.bat file, that is probably the best solution.

Another possibility is that someone (your kids?) disabled the bootgui feature in msdos.sys.  If you can get into windows, open msdos.sys (it is in C:\, and, as it is hidden and write-protected you will have to view hidden files and then right-click, properties, uncheck read-only).  in msdos.sys, there is a line reading "BootGui=X" where X is either 1 or 0.  If it is 0, change to 1 (you may want to backup msdos.sys first!).  This would fix the problem.

Best of Luck!
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by:dgeske
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your response time is unbelievable...what an incredible site.  when i typed exit, it booted windows.

when i checked my msdos.sys the gui value was fine

my autoexec.bat has the last line as follows:

c:\windows\cwcdata\cwcdos.exe

should i add the win command after this one?

david
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and now what would I do...each of you collaboratively contributed to this response.

david
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David,
   Glad your problem is fixed. You can ask an EE Administrator to split or add more points. Post a note in the Community Support forum with a link to this page.

Best wishes, war1

 
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David,
   Glad your problem is fixed. You can ask an EE Administrator to split or add more points. Post a note in the Community Support forum with a link to this page.

Best wishes, war1

 
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by:stevenlewis
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>my autoexec.bat has the last line as follows:

c:\windows\cwcdata\cwcdos.exe

put REM in front of this command
you will then boot straight to windows
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by:dgeske
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this worked right away stephen, even though there were lots of answers that would have probably worked.

thanks so much

david
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Glad tyo help
Steve
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