I recently moved and therefore had to dis- and re-connect my old Windows 98 SE computer (with 256mb RAM, 20 gig memory, Pentium III processor). Computer was working fine before the move, but when I now try to turn it on I get the following:
" Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application.
The Windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists.
If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling th associated application using its uninstall or setup program.
If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file.
Press a key to continue"
When I press a key, startup begins but is interupted by:
"General failure reading drive C
Abort, Retry, Fail?"
I then tried Ctrl, Alt, Del with the following result:
"DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"
I inserted the CD with Windows 98SE setup, the CD drive made a clicking noise and returned the above message again.
I then tried the A: drive floppy and got something saying:
I am stuck here! I dont really want to reinstall a new OS. Will that cause me to lose all my settings and other data?