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Can You Reinstall 98se Without Loosing Programs?

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#1 jdietz


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Posted 17 February 2006 - 04:49 PM

A friend brought me an old HP pavilion PII 333, 64 meg ram, 4 gig HD, CD burner, running WIN 98SE

When you start the computer it tries to start but when it loads the desktop explorer bombs and the computer has to be shut down. No Icons, taskbar, just the background picture and the error from explorer.

When you bring up task manager nothing is there.

Is there a way to reload Win98SE without loosing the programs and their shortcuts?

She is trying to use this for online classes and has programs we cannot reload.


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Posted 17 February 2006 - 10:51 PM

Hi jdietz

See if this works for you. What you want to do is a Recover Only. You will need the HP recovery Disks.

HP Pavilion Desktop PCs - Performing a System Recovery in Windows 98 and Me

You can also try to run System File Checker. Go to Start>Run and type in SFC. Under Settings>Settings tab, uncheck "Check for changed files". This will check for corrupted files. If it finds some, click OK and go with the default path for "Restore from". Hopefully this will point you to the Windows .cab files. What is that path?

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