How do I get files to run in hard drive

September 18, 2012 at 14:48:23
Specs: Windows 98
Hello, Dave in ALL CAPS. I talked to you a long time ago, I'm sure. Anyway, I'll "try" to be brief. I killed off some programs I wasn't using and accidentally lost my explorer.exe and some file that visually controls parts of my monitor. So, I did an even dumber thing and did the format/s thing, which we know completely cleared out the hard drive. I have found some files on the D Drive that were System Save and converted some of those to my hard drive. My question is how can I tell those files to open? I need proper DOS commands. Right now my computer isn't recognizing any drives because no drivers are loaded and it still doesn't "see" anything because I lost that monitor "seeing" thingie. Sorry to sound so childish with my less than techie language, but I am making progress. Any help would be appreciated. At least my computer is loading some files and talking to me, lol. I know you'll tell me to reload Windows 98, but right now my computer drives aren't being recognized and I'm having to do everything internally. I "did" find recovery files and transferred them to my hard drive but don't know how to tell the hard drive to run them. Thanks, Dave "carol"

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September 18, 2012 at 21:24:53
Yeah, if you did the format/s then the drive is empty except for the dos boot files and whatever files you added after the fact.

If those files are the 98 setup files then you just need to type SETUP and enter in the directory the files are in. If you get some kind of memory error then you'll need to create a CONFIG.SYS file and have it load HIMEM.SYS. Then reboot and run SETUP again.

A lot of software is installed via a SETUP command. So even if there is a file named setup.exe it may be for something else and not a windows 98 file.

I'm not sure what you mean when you say the 'computer isn't recognizing any drives'. It must be booting up to a C:\> prompt so that drive is there and you say you copied some files from D: so that one is there. If you mean CD or DVD drives then yeah, you need to load a dos cdrom driver in CONFIG.SYS and MSCDEX in AUTOEXEC.BAT. After that dos should recognize them.

If you have a regular 98 installation cd it should be bootable and if your bios has the option to boot from cd then that would be the easiest way to do the installation.

If you can't boot from the cd then the next easiest way would be to use a 98 floppy bootdisk to start the installation. It will have cdrom drivers and you can start the install from cd once you boot from it.

But if you think you have all the files you can try the SETUP command I first mentioned and see what happens.

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September 19, 2012 at 13:26:20
Please answer Dave's concerns...not real clear what's going on here.

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September 23, 2012 at 21:57:54
<b>Thanks SO much. Sorry to be posting late on this, but got busy with other things. I was able to get into my SYSTEM SAVE files in DOS and got WINDOWS to loadup my SYSTEM RESTORE files, so "wallah". As of today my computer is totally restored!!!!

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September 23, 2012 at 22:16:06
We're glad you got it going. Thanks for posting back.

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