I startup my PC running Win98. It loads the memory and boots up and begins starting up Win98, which it is unable to do and the message is for a missing system.ini file. I have tried booting up using the system floppy disk, and apparently transfer some files, but have not been able to start Win98, or get it to use the CDrom with the Win98 CD.
How this happened. My PC has lately been attacked by some commercial software infected off the internet through Internet Explorer, that creates pop-up adds, windows for advertisement, directories and even menu bars. I have deleted the stuff off my hard drive several times and entered the start up configuration to make sure these applications don't start up automatically. It has worked but I have not been able to completely get rid of the bug - it hides somewhere. Last night I got an especially virulent attack with all sort of pop ups flashing and PC resources being drained. I went in and deleted as much as I could, more than usual. But, I may have deleted too much. Before I was finished the PC froze and had to be shut down using the power off button. When starting it can't find the system.ini, though after that hurdle is addresses more trouble is possible.
I have valuable information on the PC and whatever the fix process, I need to recover the information. After that, I would be willing to clean the hard drive and reload everything, if needed.
Tony from Houston