My name is Pierre, and the problem I am having today is similier to others that I have seen here earlier,except that the files or device files my desktop reads that I are missing are different than the ones I saw. When I go to load win98 I get a screen that reads " cannot find a device file that may be needed to run windows or a windows application. The windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device no longer exists" I am sure you are all familiar with this ?. These are some of the files that show up as missing. " \vmouse.VXD, \vfbackup.VXD, \vcom.VXD, \vfat.VXD, \vcache.VXD, \vcond.VXD, \vxdldr.VXD, \reboot.VXD, \dynapage.VXD and so on. After all the files are exhibited it reads "windows protection error- restart your computer". Nomatter what I try this is as far as I get, I cannot get to the start ,run, control panel nothing. Can someone please help me! I appreciate everyones time and help. There are alot of other files that are missing that I did not list above in order to cut it short but if you need that info I would be more than happy to send them in.