win ME boot CD with Win 7?

May 30, 2011 at 16:05:41
Specs: Wind 7 home premium 64-bit, e7300 c2d 2.66ghz
Hello all,
my mothers ancient Windows ME PC has suddenly taken a crap. When trying to boot, i get the message that "the following file is missing or corrupt: c:\windows\system\vmm32.vxd" etc...
i have not worked on an ME machine in ages, and i cant seem to get anywhere. all i get is a C> prompt... nothing else. i cant cd, cls, dir /s, nothing... so i figure either i have forgotten everything, or maybe the HD took a crap. at any rate, i am wondering if there is any way to make a bootable CD with my PC, which is running Windows 7 Home Premium [64 bit]. i dont have an A: drive, so im not sure what else to do but try a CD in its place. I have tried booting in safe mode, etc, but nothing seems to make any difference - any help or info would be greatly appreciated. thanks all...
- GrimReefer

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#1
May 30, 2011 at 18:05:16
If you have C:\ you have enough maybe.

There is plenty you can at least do. Checkdisk would be a good first one.

Any copy should be able to be done. If you have the compressed version you can expand it and restore it from command line.

http://www.easydesksoftware.com/new...

I think you'd be better off with a bartsPE cd in general terms.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#2
May 30, 2011 at 19:12:31
i cant even get a dos prompt - just the useless c>, and it wont recognize the command to change directory or anything - it just repeats a "missing or corrupt" message with whatever i try..! honestly i have never seen anything like it - but i must admit, even though i owned/operated a computer shop for a time, i have always tried to avoid ME like the frickin plague! i am trying to convince her [my mother] that the system is so obsolete anyways she would be better off just dropping a few hundred $ on a new one - maybe even a laptop since she is low on space [hoarder], but she doesnt seem to understand that neglected systems sometimes break! i guess ill keep trying, i just find it interesting that i cannot get a legitimate "command prompt" at all - i thought maybe that would be a symptom that someone might recognize...

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#3
May 30, 2011 at 19:29:41
On most ME systems upgrading to XP is not difficult and should not be too expensive. If the XP install disk does not find the hard drive, then you need a new hard drive also. You can also download hard drive utility form hard drive manufacturer and boot to that (bootable CD) and test the hard drive from there which will also effectively test much of the other hardware. You also may want to test the memory with memtest the same way while you are evaluating the hardware.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
May 31, 2011 at 05:41:18
okay - thats a good idea o hadnt even thought of..! i will try the next time im over there and update... thanks all...

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#5
June 1, 2011 at 12:50:19
If it came with ME it might not be able to run xp. ME even though it stunk was easier on hardware.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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