When booting initially Win 98 shows logo screen and moving line at bottom indicating it is trying to load. After a short while the message on the screen turns black and shows " ...while initializing device V86mmgr ....insufficient memory etc. the computer has 1G memory so I'm certain it has sufficient memory.
Turning the computer off then on, boot up starts again I can get into 'safe mode'. However the safe mode isn't working properly. Clicking the Start button, and scrolling through Find, Settings and Favorites brings up their associated expanded panels, but clicking Run brings up a dialog box ' Explorer Performance'. And scrolling to Programs causes the computer to freeze.
This behavior seems to me that some of the minimal files used by Win to load the safe mode are missing or corrupt. Is there any way short of trying to reinstall 98 that might be worthwhile trying before trying the reinstall?