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#1 rmz6471

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 10:10 AM

Hi,
I run windows ME. I received the following error. "Windows could not upgrade the file %1 form %2." I can not do a system restore or uninstall any program. I did locate a fix on the Microsoft website, but it didnt work and was told I need the ME startup disk. The came preloaded on my computer I dont have the ME startup disk.. Any suggestions?

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 05:18 PM

Windows ME does not come with a startup disk. You're supposed to make one. Most people don't know that. You do have a floppy drive, right?

You should be able to download a boot disk here. Use the ME OEM.

One of the biggest problems with ME was that they attempted to pretend that DOS did not exist. There is no way to boot to a command prompt and perform file work as there was in Windows 98. Except, of course, the boot disk.

Once you've made the boot disk, the computer needs to be set to start from a floppy first. Most older computers are already set this way. So you would insert the floppy, start the computer, and wait until it boots

Once booted, it will only show a black screen with a DOS prompt, which looks like this:

A:\>

Once you've got to that point, you should follow the instructions here.

Note the second method, which shuts off your System Restore. That would also work. However, you will lose all restore points and essentially start from scratch.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:18 AM

Hi, I tried this. First when I open the control panel no icons are showing. It say at the bottom 33 items, but nothing appears on the screen. If I boot in safe mode, you can see all the icons. I tried to make a startup disk, but it doesnt recognize that the A: drive had as disk. I keep getting a message to insert a disk. Both in normal boot and safe mode. Any other suggestions?

Thanks for your help! :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:35 PM

Sounds like you're infected if you can see the icons in Safe Mode but not Regular Mode.

MIght want to post a Hijack log in our HijackThis! forum. Make sure to read this pinned post first.

Be patient - there are more problems than there are people to fix them, and do not reply to your own message as the team looks for posts without replies first.

As to a startup disk, can you make one on another computer somewhere? You can download one from here - get the one that's ME OEM.




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