Why can't I load Windows 98?

Posted By : Ian of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on May 8, 2005

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I am not able to install windows98 in my system. During setup process when system reboots it flashes error message stating 'Error Loading Windows, You must reinstall windows' and system hangs. Suspecting this as a memory issue, I replaced the system with new Hard-disk but still the problem exists. Also I don't see any problem with my RAM as the memory test during system-boot shows Memory Test OK. Please advice in this regard.



This question was answered on May 8, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I researched your error message and found that it may have something to do with the Kernel It may be that the kernel32.dll is missing or corrupt

1 Restart your computer When you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, press the F8 key, and then choose Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu If you are using Windows 98, restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key while your computer restarts until you see the Windows 98 Startup menu, and then choose Command Prompt Only If you are using Windows Millennium Edition (Me), start your computer with the Windows Me startup disk.

2 Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each line:


ren kernel32.dll kernel32.xxx

3 Extract a new copy of the Kernel32.dll file from your original Windows disks or CD-ROM to the Windows\System folder For information about using the Extract tool, type extract at the command prompt, or see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

4 Restart your computer.

Reference: www.microsoft.com

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Posted by Ian of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on May 8, 2005

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