This question is very similar to http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinME/Q_20768022.html
but none of the solutions worked for me. A visiting scientist in one of the labs I support has a SONY VAIO laptop. Last Friday she reported to me that she was getting a blue screen. The computer shows the Windows ME splash screen then a blank screen for about 15 seconds then her wallpaper or background image for about 5 seconds then a blank screen with blinking underline for about 15 seconds then a blue screen, which is about 2/3 as wide and half as tall as the LCD panel. The message is:
An error has occurred. To continue:
Press Enter to return to Windows, or
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart your computer. If you do this, you will lose...blah blah.
File Name: VMM(12) + 00030E6 Error: 0E : 0028 : C02820E6
The last 8 hex characters are different each time I restart.
I made a Windows ME boot disk from bootdisk.com then tried this solution:
"Start the System Restore Tool From a Command Prompt
but after changing system.ini to use progman.exe I got the same error.
I tried running c:\windows\system\restore\
from the command prompt but got an error stating the program requires Windows to run.
I tried the step-by-step confirmation, saying NO to anything with .vxd but got the same error.
I tried Safe Mode but got the same error.
I couldn't perform these solutions because I could not get the system up.
This solution went to a bad page.
The user doesn't have the Windows ME CD, although I might be able to scare one up here. We were pretty successful in avoiding Windows ME here.
Any other suggestions for getting this computer booting properly to ME again without drastic measures like a clean install?