The Windows ME flashes for a split second, then I get a black screen (command prompt?) with the error message "The file vmm32.vxd is missing or corrupted. Type the name of the windows loader (eg., c:\windows\system\vmm32.vxd)" But no matter what command I give, from that point on, the same message keeps coming up over and over.
I found a site that tells how to repair this file...but I don't know if it's beyond your computer knowledge. If in doubt, don't do it--no sense risking damage to the baby pictures!http://www.easydesksoftware.com/news/news10.htm
I have been endlessly searching for a solution, mainly because I (stupidly) have never backed up any of my files, so every one of my daughter's baby pictures are on the harddrive.
Ouch! What I would do, BEFORE you start tinkering with Windows, is to rescue those pics. I think it could get difficult, trying to use DOS commands to save the pictures, unless you're working with a floppy disk drive....
way would be to try out a "live CD" of an operating system called Linux. The easiest of these is Puppy Linux (it even has a cuddly, reassuring name!). It's made for people accustomed to Windows. Best of all, it's totally free! All you'd have to do is run Puppy, then save the pictures to a flash drive (since your computer doesn't have a CD burner). Rest assured, Puppy won't affect ANY of your Windows settings because it's a totally different operating system. It works a lot like Windows, only the "Start" button is called "Menu"...but it'd look very familiar to you.
Apparently, you have an internet connection on another computer, or you couldn't post this question, LOL. Are you on dial-up, or do you have DSL or high-speed cable internet? If you're not on dial-up, you can download Puppy yourself, at this site:http://www.puppylinux.org/downloads
(I'd suggest Puppy 4.1, in the lower left corner.)
When you download Puppy, it will be an .iso file (a so-called "image file"). If your working computer can burn stuff to CD's, you'll need to check the CD burning software to make sure you're burning an "image file". NOTE: If all this is way over your head, or if you're on dial-up, just PM me and I'll just mail you a CD that's ready to go, OK?
Also, if you decide to go this route, PM me and I'll walk you through the steps of backing up those pictures. The one big difference between Windows and Linux is that you have to "mount" your hard drive and flash drive before you can use them...but Puppy makes it easy, and I can tell you how to do it in just a couple of mouse clicks.
Once you get the photos off the hard drive, then you can try to make Windows operable again. But I personally would rescue the pictures FIRST, to be 100% sure they don't get deleted, if something goes wrong with your attempts at repairing Windows Me.
I hope this info helps!