| If you haven't backed up and wish to, then boot from a live Linux CD (such as Puppy Linux) and save your own files onto a flash drive. You have to set the CD drive in BIOS to be ahead of the C drive to do this.|
Have you tried typing Win (hit Enter key) from the DOS prompt?
If it comes to the crunch reloading Win98 on top usually works out and keeps your own stuff.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks