|Boot up into windows 'mini screen'. Then START--RUN. Type in |
attrib -s -h -r c:\msdos.sys, then click OK. That will unhide msdos.sys so we can edit it. (There's a space between -r and c. It may not seem obvious the way the font is.)
Then START--RUN and type in notepad and click OK. From the notepad pull-down menu click 'file' and then 'open'. In the 'file name' line type in c:\msdos.sys and click 'open'.
We need to edit the first 2 lines under [paths]. They now are probably:
or maybe they're ending in 003 if you did another install. But whatever they are now we need to change them to:
So put the mouse cursor at the end of each line and hit backspace 4 times so you remove the .002 (or whatever it is).
Also, remember what those 2 lines originally were in case we need to change them back.
When the lines look right click 'open' again from the pull down menu and then 'save'. Then close notepad.
Then go back to START--RUN and type in attrib +s +h +r c:\msdos.sys and click OK. That will rehide msdos.sys. (Again, a space between -r and c.)
When all that is done, shut it down via START--SHUT DOWN and choose 'restart'. It should reboot from the original c:\windows directory.
To backdate the registry, start tapping F8 before 98 starts loading. You should get a boot menu. Choose 'safe mode command prompt only'
When it gets to a prompt it should be c:\windows. At that prompt type scanreg/restore and enter. It'll show probably 5 backups and their dates. You must choose a date from before the screwed up installation. Ideally it would be the one just before, but if you're not sure I guess use the oldest one.
If it succesfully restores then reboot into windows and keep your fingers crossed.
Help me Jebus!