Did u reinstill windows


The machine in question is a IBM 380Z thinkpad. The other day was maintenance day. I updated all windows 98 software using the update feature to enhance security, etc.. I added a new network adapter. I attempted to run defrag, and that is where it got crazy.

When I try to boot up , I get WARNING windows had detected a registry/configuration error, run scanreg.

The following file is missing or corrupted C:\windows\himem.sys

There is an error in your Config.sys file on line 1 (This is the line that contains Himem)

The following files are missing of corrupted: C:\windows\himem.sys , C:\windows\dblbuff.sys , C:\windows\ifshlp.sys .

And the final blow... General failure writing drive C.

Next I resort to the win98 startup disk. I then insert the 98 disk in cd drive and run scanreg. The window comes up, but it does no check the registry. system seems to halt here.

Reset, run scandisk. FAT ok,

Directory Structure: Directory entry C:\windows has a damaged '.' entry, scandisk did not correct the directory entry. Scandisk encountered a data drror while writing to the root directory.

Another data point, When I dir drive C: all looks good, when I cd to \windows and dir, I get jibberish.

At this point I have tried to reload windows 98 , but the install won't get past the scandisk error.

I tried renaming the windows dir. Not gonna happen...

I have a backup of the laptop on the network, but don't have restore on the laptop at this time.

I have the .cab files on the laptop, but My guerss is that they are in the windows dir, which is no great help.

I did have a norton rescue disk for this machine, but it has gone missing..

Most of the important files I will be able to move to floppy.

So, Is it possible to restore the windows directory and if so how can I get started.

No rush, I know this is a holiday weekend...



This question was answered on August 31, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If u reinstill windows 98 you should be able to fix the error messges you are getting so try doing that and see if you can fix the problem ok.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 31, 2003