Posted 19 March 2008 - 12:50 PM
Hi, if you or anyone installed ANY Windows on top of ANY other Windows, that is your problem. You need to:
1. save all your data on some external storage, (usb drives, CD/DVDs, ZIP, or whatever)
2. Wipe your hard drive, and
3. Reinstall the latest Windows.
I never ran Win 98 (I was using NT - more stable), but everyone I knew that knew about computers told me that you had to wipe your hard drive and reinstall Win98 about every six months to keep it running at normal speed. So someone installed a newer version of Windows on top of one that had gotten clogged up. How well do you think that will work? I know, I know, you haven't had any problems up till now. None that you have seen evidence of anyway. Windows is good at hiding a lot of problems from you, and then one day, you have the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back", and everything goes kaput.
If you have to reinstall and you have the UPGRADE edition of XP Pro, it's best to use a program such as partition magic or some partitioning software (there are FREE ones available on the internet which are safe) to shrink your C: partition, create a D: and reinstall XP in D:. The trouble with that is XP installation will still try to incorporate what's on C:, so you get all the crap. Someone else may have a better idea for reinstalling. Good luck.