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Windows 98 won't start up

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Have installed new RAM and CD-RW on Win98 machine. Started up fine with acknowledgement of new RAM and CD-RW drive but after installation of CD-RW software, on reboot stops with flashing cursor after Windows startup screen comes up. Does not allow Safe Mode access. Thank you.
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by:blue_zee
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You should try



A registry repair:

Bootup with a startup floppy disk and at the A:\> prompt type

scanreg /fix (space between g and /)

Press enter, wait for the process to finish and reboot WITHOUT the disk.



If that doesn't work, try a registry restore:

Bootup with a startup floppy disk and at the A:\> prompt type

scanreg /restore (space between g and /)

Press enter, select a date PRIOR to the problem, press enter, wait for the process to finish and reboot WITHOUT the disk.



If you don’t have a startup disk, download one from www.bootdisk.com.

Any luck?

Zee


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by:onsitez
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 When U say does not allow safe mode access. Do U mean that U can not get into safe mode at all...or the cd drive does not work in safe mode. The second senario is normall, the cd drive , in win 98 does not work. If U can get to safe mode U could click on start then in run type msconfig, press enter, then selective start up. Disable the startup group from loading and reboot. More than likely U will have to reboot, when the pc starts to reboot keep tapping the F8 key. When U get the selection screen asking if how U want to load windows select command prompt. At the command prompt type in "scanreg / restore" without the quotes. Press enter, U will be presented with about 5 saved registries, select one with a date BEFORE U installed the drivers.
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by:sbharris
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Have restored the registry to the oldest available and unfortunately did not solve problem. Still stopping after Windows startup screen. Cannot get into Safe mode at all.  Thanks
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blue_zee earned 75 total points
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Reinstall Win98:

Bootup with a Win98 startup floppy disk and select with CD-ROM support.

Put your Win98 CD in the drive. Start setup from the CD drive (usually E:).

Install on top.

Zee
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ThanQ.

Zee
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