file missing or corrupted

Compaq / Lte 5400
November 13, 2009 at 13:32:23
Specs: Windows 95
I was given a computer and when I turn it on there is an error as it loads the operating system (windows 95).

The following file is missing or corrupted: C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS There is an error in your CONFIG.SYS file on line 15


The following file is missing or corrupted: C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS

The following file is missing or corrupted: C:\WINDOWS\IFSHLP.SYS
Warning: the high memory area (HMA) is not available. Additional low memory (below 640K) will be used instead
The folowing file is missing or corrupted: COMMAND.COM Type the name of the Command Interpreter (e.g., C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM)

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November 13, 2009 at 13:38:57
Perhaps this is actually a software problem?

I sure would appreciate any direction anyone could give. Thanks for your help,


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November 13, 2009 at 13:40:20
the error tells everything...some files are missing or corrupted...a repair installation should sort out everything...

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November 13, 2009 at 13:44:43
I hate to be dense but apparently it's apt :) lol I'm thinking they may have removed all the programs etc before they gave it to me? What is a repair installation?

Thanks again for your help.

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November 13, 2009 at 13:50:02
look...for a repair installation you`ll need windows 98 cd...then please boot from it and follow on-screen instructions...if you`re uncertain about how to do it, please don`t a friend instead...

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November 13, 2009 at 14:39:15
Since the OP says the system had Win95 what is the point of directing him to a Win98 bootdisk?

Now I know nothing about Win95 ( My first PC came with ME) but is a repair install of 95 even possible?

The other question to ask is Why are there a number of system files missing or corrupt? In a system of that vintage I would suspect a harddrive developing bad sectors but that's purely a guess. Another possibility is bad ram since there is an error relating to memory. If the ram is bad then files on the harddrive that need to be loaded into memory on bootup may be reported as missing or corrupt.

You should be able to test the ram using a bootable floppy with Memtest86. Google it.

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November 13, 2009 at 21:58:06
There's not a repair install say, as in XP but you can do an over-the-top reinstall which I guess is basically the same. But since the computer is new to you, why bother? Just format and do a fresh installation. You'll need a 95 installation cd either way.

If you're curious you can boot up with a 9X bootdisk and see what's left on the c: drive. There's probably a lot more missing files than the ones it shows.

Help me Jebus!

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November 14, 2009 at 01:09:33
sorry...I meant win 95 cd...doing an over-the-top reinstall should help...again...don`t try your luck unless you know how it`s done...

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