Solved corrupt files in system folder in win95, how can I cure this

February 1, 2017 at 01:19:54
Specs: Windows 95
Windows will not load. It says there is a missing shell32.dll file. Looking in the system folder there are lots of files with long names and special characters. Have tried scandisk.exe which found them but did not work. I cannot find any restore file.
This is on a windows based machine hence the reason I am still on win95. Cause maybe because machine was shut of with no proper shut down.
Please help.

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#1
February 1, 2017 at 02:34:29
"This is on a windows based machine hence the reason I am still on win95".

I don't understand the logic behind that statement - but I guess you do.

Re-installing Windows may be the only cure for your problem, unless somebody chimes in with an easier solution.

You should have created a full backup image of your hard drive when Windows was working okay, then it would have been easy to restore. Too late for that now of course.

If there's no way to re-install Windows you should see that as a good time to dump 95 and get something more up to date which is more robust and stable (eg Windows 7 - - one of the best).

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#2
February 1, 2017 at 13:38:14
"long names and special characters" sounds like an infection. I think you can roll back the registry by booting off a Win95 startup disk, but it's been so long I might be confusing it with Win98. Boot off the floppy, select Command Prompt, type in Scanreg /restore & press Enter, then select a date prior to the problem.

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#3
February 1, 2017 at 20:27:09
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Yeah 95 doesn't come with it but you can use scanreg from windows 98 and edit the registry to run it on startup. There's a download here:

http://www.95isalive.com/registry.htm

(about the middle of the page) that's supposed to make those changes. Of course even if you added it now it wouldn't help in fixing the current problem since backups have yet to be created.

Did scandisk find any disk errors? Any computer running 95 likely has a 20 year old hard drive in it that may be failing. In that case the fix is a reinstall on a somewhat newer drive.

If the drive is OK you can extract missing files from the 95 cd.


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