Solved win98 se missing himem.sys error

Toshiba / Satellite pro spa40
November 26, 2015 at 07:52:00
Specs: windows 98 se, idk
it says himem.sys is missing but its there

had to use at least 100 characters soooooooooooooo

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November 26, 2015 at 08:01:53
The idea behind the 100 characters (about 290 given, mainly junk) is to prompt full information so that we don't have to immediately start asking questions:

Was that the "exact" error message? If not please give it.

When exactly do you get this message, as it is loading Windows maybe?

Does this prevent you booting into Windows?

Can you get into Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key immediately after powering up?

See this:

Another thing you could do (if you can get that far) is temporarily renaming autoexec.bat to autoexec.old and config.sys to config.old. Windows should boot up fine without them so this would eliminate them from the equation. They are only needed for DOS games etc.

There are possibly ways forward from DOS but we'll await your response and info.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 26, 2015 at 20:31:23
Did you make any changes or did anything happen to it between the last time it worked OK and the first time it didn't?

Another reason for the 'missing himem.sys' message is bad ram. If bad ram is detected himem.sys won't load even if it's there.

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November 27, 2015 at 05:51:44
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Did you change or add more memory? Make sure to keep it under 512MB.

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December 5, 2015 at 23:32:10
We haven't heard back from you so I don't know if you've moved on but one thing to try is to edit your config.sys (or create a config.sys if you don't have one) and as the first line have:


Then on next bootup see what happens.

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December 10, 2015 at 00:34:54
I have installed Windows XP on my computer now. It says I have over a gigabyte of ram. But I have installed VirtualBox so I'll try that. If Windows doesn't lock me out before I find my install disc.

EDIT: Seriously keyboard? You blank out the entirety of 'irtual'?

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December 10, 2015 at 00:45:36
Thanks for the tips guys, especially riider. I had no idea how much ram I had before installing WinXP. More info about my laptop:

It's from 2003ish
It used to belong to a company(maybe explains high ram?)
Came with winXP originally
It has had lots of versions of Linux installed on it before

So, thanks again guys. P.S. Here's a random bit of info:
I'm using my Linux notebook to type this. I used it to type my last comment and also my original post.
P.P.S. It also has a bad keyboard and the J key is missing(took me 30 seconds to put J).

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December 10, 2015 at 09:37:09
If for some reason you need more than 512M of RAM (dual booting for example), let us know. There are modifications you can put into the system.ini file which will allow you to do so.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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