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#1 Sherman8r44

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:10 AM

Hi everyone!

I have an old Windows ME system that has had a lot of problems that you guys helped me out with. Ever since a registry fix the computer has been a bit screwy, but still workable. Now, though, whenever I try to boot up normally a blue screen comes up saying:

Windows protection error. You should restart you computer. System Halted

Does anyone know why this is suddenly happening? Is it correctable, or should I reformat my computer? Thanks in advance!

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 04:28 PM

Is that the full message? It could be a hardware problem or a corrupted registry.

Check out this page.

Scroll down to Windows ME.

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 05:11 PM

You could try to run the system restore from the command prompt as described in this MS support article.

How to Start the System Restore Tool from a Command Prompt

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 05:14 PM

Yes, that is the full message. I have a feeling that the registry is corrupted because I had some problems with the registry in the past. Thanks for the link, but I'm still confused as to what course of action I should take.

Edit--Josh, I'll try that, thanks!

Edited by Sherman8r44, 07 April 2006 - 05:15 PM.


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Posted 07 April 2006 - 05:54 PM

Forgot to mention, the computer DOES boot up properly in Safe Mode.

Unfortunately, I could not restore my system because it says I have no restore dates :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 08:03 PM

In a last ditch you could download and burn an image of a Live Linux to recover your data before re-installing ME (if you have the ME CD).
There are several to choose from...
Puppy Linux (My favorite)
Knoppix Linux
Ubuntu Linux
Damn Small Linux
These will run inside of a FAT32 partation, or even from with in a Windows folder. If you have 256mb of RAM Puppy Linux will run completely from RAM without touching your hard drive.
Use one of these to recover your data. You may even find you like it better than Windows '9x or ME.
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Posted 07 April 2006 - 09:08 PM

Dammit, I forgot that USB devices and CD's can't be read in Safe Mode. So how do I even reinstall ME? (I have the CD)

Sorry I don't understand about the Live Linux stuff.

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 09:51 PM

You cannot install ME in safe mode anyway. When you boot Linux, the live verison it will ask some basic question like how do you connect to the internet and whatvideo setting do you want to use. It is only a 60mb download. You will be able to see your window file from the /mnt/home
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 08:48 AM

OK, thanks for the clarification. But I have no idea how to get Live Linux onto my computer since I can't use internet or USB on it in safe mode. I also can't boot from the Windows ME disc...any ideas?

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 09:44 AM

Have you checked the BIOS to see if the CD is first in the Boot order? You cannot download on the internet connection you are on now?
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 09:49 AM

I am on a different computer right now. The safe mode on my computer does not allow for internet, USB, or CD reading. I tried checking the BIOS, but for some reason it asks for a password (never did in the past) and I have no idea what it could be.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 10:08 AM

Someone has password protected your system. Remove the CMOS (motherboard) battry for one minute. That will reset the motherboard to the default, no password.
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 11:15 AM

Excellent news! I found a regbackup, and I applied it and now it boots up fine! Thank you everyone for your input anyway.




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