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Windows 98: Protection Error

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I have a Dell Dimension T500 machine; 500 mhz; Windows 98; 384 M RAM.

Machine was left on for over 24 hours; the clock started running slow (which I understand can sometimes happen).

I switched the machine off. When I restarted I was met with a message "Windows Protection Error; You need to restart your computer".

This happens everytime I try to restart (on one attempt to restart there was a message saying "Himem.sys not found", but restoring this one file from backup seemed to have no effect)

Now I find I can only restart in Safe Mode with no web connection or access to USB ports.

I have tried restoring a previous copy of the Registry but the process fails before completion.

Question 1: Has anyone any ideas of anything I could try OTHER THAN a fresh re-install of Windows ?

I am very reluctant to do a re-install of Windows because with no USB or Web connection I cannot backup my data files.

My CD drive does not have the capacity to write to CDs (never has).

I have two internal hard-drives, a master and a slave; the System files (Windows etc) are installed on the Master drive.

Question 2: If I transfer my data files to the slave drive, will these files be safe in the event of having to re-install Windows system files on Master drive ?

My master hard-drive is partitioned thus:

C:\ (system files)
D:\ (data files)
E:\ (Games and Leisure)
F:\ (Temp)
G:\ (Windows support files)
H:\ (Winswap file)

My secondary/slave hard-drive is partitioned thus:

Question 3: Worst case scenario, if I have to re-install Windows on the C:\ will all partitioning and data be lost across D, E, F, drives etc ?

Many thanks in advance for any help proferred.

regards, peugeot84
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