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Windows98SE startup/boot problem ( annoyance)


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Yo fellas! I recently needed to do a recovery installation on my old Win98SE Pc and i’ve run into an annoying snag at boot-up. Every time the Windows splash screen appears, the screen suddenly goes into the command prompt and says:



In order for me to continue into loading Windows I need to type:



then she boots up fine. How do I fix this annoyance??


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Need to be more specific, how did you preform a recovery process.  It's probably something in your win.ini or msdos.sys or config.sys.  If you could explain exactly what you did there could be a clue as to what happened.

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Hi partner,

When you type C:\Windows\Win, this manually executes the WIN.COM file - an important thingy for the OS to boot successfully (it loads the system files). Normally, Win.com is invoked automatically by IO.SYS, and possibly by Autoexec.bat (not entirely sure about this).

So my humble suggestion is to check and see the status of IO.SYS - I guess that in your case it is either missing or corrupted.

More info on the situation:



Best :-)

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;The following lines are required for compatibility with other programs.
;Do not remove them (MSDOS.SYS needs to be >1024 bytes).

no it can't be IO.sys the computer wouldn't boot to dos without it.  then he is launching win.com from dos.  To me now that a re read what you wrote I think the problem is your msdos.sys.  It doesn't have the right info in it to boot.  your msdos.sys should have something similar to this in it.

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