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#1 Dahoe

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 01:35 PM

Hey there everyone,

my system is set up to dual boot with XP, but this problem started one day when i tried to boot up into Win98, the WIN.COM file was missing or corrupted.
After copying the file back into the windows folder it still wouldn't boot so i was recommended to re-install 98 over the previous set up.
This all went fine until, as it normally would it re-booted, but then came to this message " You are currently running in MS-DOS mode. Do you want to return to normal mode, to run Windows applications again [Enter=Y,Esc=N]?"
If i chose Y it reboots back to this screen and if i choose N i get a command prompt C:\>, does anyone know how i can get this to boot up again???
Any help is much appreciated....

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:26 PM

Hi,

Do you want to boot only Windows 98 or Windows XP and Windows 98 now?

If you want to boot only Windows XP/Windows 98, a good place to start is to recreate partitions and reset the master boot record.

Do you know how to do this?

I can give you further instructions but first I need to know exactly what you want to do.

Regards,

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#3 Dahoe

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 05:54 AM

I want to dual boot WinXP Pro & Win98 SE.
My WinXP works perfectly, it's just 98 that's having the problem when booting up.
Can you help me with this??
I'm getting close to just formatting and reinstalling 98 at this stage...

#4 Dahoe

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 07:01 PM

Just to update, i checked my config.sys file to see if "DOS=SINGLE" but it's "DOS=high,umb" so that's alright.
I then booted with a 98 boot disk and typed sys c: which hasn't worked either but i can boot into safe mode now.
The only thing is that now i don't get my dual boot screen so can't boot into XP which was working fine.
Any idea how to solve this either?

#5 Dahoe

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 08:41 AM

Ran msconfig and discovered in the config.sys file that DOS=SINGLE so changed it to DOS=high,umb and now 98 boots up as normal, sucess.....

Now i just need to get my dual boot running again.
How do i get the WinXP/Win98 option screen at boot up to appear again??

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 04:17 AM

With the WinXp disk i booted into the recovery console, i typed in the FIXBOOT command and typed EXIT.
This wrote the new bootsector to the C: partition and all is well again.
Cheers for the help.... :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 07:07 AM

That was more like self help. :thumbsup:

Thanks for posting back and letting us know how you resolved the situation. Hopefully we'll see you here often sharing your expertise with others.

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