Can't boot into Winn98

  Gingermum 12:34 25 Jan 05

Friend's machine. Win98 SE. No firewall, no anti virus, teenage son! Yes.
Tidying up nicely. Deleted 2 progs (from Add/Remove) My Search Bar, Side Find and when rebooted asked me for Win98 product key. Put that in, screens Win 98 is loading, then get fatal exception 017F Bff8713B.
Or Explorer caused an invlid page fault etc. etc.
Other than reinstall, anything I can do in DOS?

  Gongoozler 12:56 25 Jan 05

Hi Gingermum. At this stage, assuming there are no vital files on the computer, I would just go for a reformat and reinstall, and put Avast AV on there at the same time click here.

  gudgulf 13:21 25 Jan 05

If you have a boot floppy disc you can boot from that.At the command prompt type scanreg /restore.You should get a list of dates which are backups of the registry.Pick one of those and it might let you back into windows for another go at cleaning up the nasties.Having said that Gongoozler has a good point......who knows what else is lurking on the system so a reinstall might save endless hours of messing about.

  Gingermum 13:41 25 Jan 05

Yes, Adaware gave me 564 crical items! I think reinstall would be best.
Like an idiot I forgot to ask if they had their important stuff backed up.
Borrowing a disk to try a repair first, then I think it's backup and reinstall.

  Gongoozler 13:49 25 Jan 05

If there is important stuff on the drive, you could fit it as slave on another computer (make sure it has up-to-date antivirus on it), and you will then probably be able to copy the files. For future safety either fit a second hard drive, or make a second partition on the master drive, to keep all the files on. You can then format the primary partition/master drive without losing anything important.

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