restore cd & windows install

Microsoft Windows 98se oem (license)
December 29, 2009 at 19:23:23
Specs: Windows 98
Have had no problems but added wireless. When setting it up kept getting errors. Being it was an older Windows, I attempted to clean it up. Only made matters worse. Had original restore cd but entered wrong product key. Loaded anyway but Windows registry had errors, scanreg would not work. Upon a second attempt kept getting error cannot find MIN.COM cannot continue to load Windows. Now there are several fatal errors or corrupt files and I cannot get back in to do anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is a Gateway and I feel the GOBack was deleted along the way. Have had this computer for 9 years with NO problems until now. Human errors I believe..

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#1
December 29, 2009 at 20:12:04
GoBack can really mess things up. If you're sure it's gone then you should be OK. Do any GoBack messages show when you boot up?

It's probably win.com that's missing.

When you boot up with the restore cd what options does it give?

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#2
December 30, 2009 at 14:00:09
Boot from hard drive or boot from cd neither works. it goes through the motions but when it tells you to remove restore cd and let it restart, it will not take the windows cd. Always gives me an option to type something in, but I don't know what/ Please help, thanks

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#3
December 30, 2009 at 15:01:20
When you say it won't take the windows cd, do you mean you can't boot from that cd? Is it a regular 98 installation cd or some supplemental 98 cd? If you're unsure, exactly what is printed on the cd?

You should be able to boot from either the restore disk or a 98 install cd as long as the cdrom is the first boot device in cmos/bios setup.

I'm not familiar with the restore cds other than (I think) you have to option to overwrite everything and return the system to it's original state or to just reinstall the system files. I don't know either if or what you're supposed to type in as part of the restore process. If you're unsure you should consult the manual for your system.

If you overwrite everything then you lose your exisiting documents.

With a regular 98 cd you can also reformat the drive and do a fresh installation. You'd have to locate additional drivers afterwards but that should all be on gateway's site.

Any you didn't post back about any GoBack messages. GoBack is bad, bad, bad. If it's still on there, that changes everything.

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#4
December 30, 2009 at 17:27:49
Thank-you so much for helping.
The restore cd instructed to turn goback off at the start of the installation so I did.
The first time I did it everything went through ok, but it did not load outlook or the internet toolkit so I thought I had done something wrong. When I had to put the product key in at the beginning of the restore cd, I put in the wrong number, so I thought that had something to do with it. I repeated the process but it gave me no option to put in a product key number. It has not co operated since.
I have tried to format but was already @ fat 32 and it will not let me do anything there.
I can start restore cd, have tried both options from load from hard drive or load from cd, each time I get cannot locate MIN.COM so cannot load windows 98. and it drops and gives me the option to type anything in behind c:> The cd for windows 98 is the original that came with computer its the 2nd edition. It also says at start-up that the registry is corrupt and I need to run scanreg but I cannot do that either.

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#5
December 30, 2009 at 17:57:35
First, is it MIN.COM or WIN.COM? If it's win.com then you're booting from the hard drive and not the cd. If it's min.com, well I don't know what that is.

You should be able to run the restore again. You just need to make sure you boot from the restore cd.

I can't really help with restore as I'm not familiar with it especially when goback is involved. You'd just have to consult the manual and any on-screen prompts.

I can help with a fresh install using the 98 cd. But I think first you should exhaust any and all opportunities to do the restore as that will include all the drivers and original software.

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#6
December 30, 2009 at 18:20:51
No it says MIN.COM, and the confound manual tells you NOTHING!!
Would you happen to know anybody that could help? I have contacted Gateway but got no reply. Microsoft just beats around the bush.
Sure would appreciate it.

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#7
December 30, 2009 at 18:48:22
I can't find any reference to a file called 'min.com' so I don't know what's going on with that. But after it gives that error it leaves you at a c:\> prompt? That would indicate you're booting from the hard drive and not the restore cd.

If you try to boot from the 98 cd (not the restore cd) what happens?

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#8
December 30, 2009 at 19:05:12
Nothing. It instructs to put in the windows cd and press F1 but the cd never starts up. it gives instructions on what could be the problem and tells me that i have 2 drives to put it the other but i do not have 2. That must have something to do with the wrong product key no. I put in at the start. Is there no way I can go into system settings and override this mess? It gives me the c:/> if I press F10 the other option when I am trying to install windows

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#9
December 30, 2009 at 19:11:37
If you're booting from the cd you should get a screen asking if you want to boot from the cd or boot from the hard drive. You choose cd. It loads some stuff and probably leaves you at an a:\> prompt. None of that other stuff you're describing should happen.

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#10
December 30, 2009 at 19:15:23
You put the cd in before the OS starts to load. You may need to put it in the cdrom when the PC is running and then reboot.

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#11
December 30, 2009 at 20:36:17
If it hasn't been too long you might try restoring a previous registry.

Let it boot from the hard drive. Before the OS starts to load start tapping F8. A boot menu should come up. Choose 'safe mode command prompt only'. At the c:\> prompt type scanreg/restore and enter. Choose a registry to restore with a date prior to you installing the wireless software.

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#12
December 31, 2009 at 13:26:31
Ok I have all windows installed. Installed my wireless everything good, but computer 2 could not detect internet setting even thought all signals good. While trying to figure out how to get this computer to recognize the wireless settings it said I had made an illegal operation and had to close. now it will only come up in Safe Mode. Any ideas?

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#13
December 31, 2009 at 18:23:03
Assuming it's due to the wireless stuff you could try removing the wireless card and software and see if it works then.

Sometimes moving the card to another slot will help.

You can also check here:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

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#14
January 1, 2010 at 08:09:04
Coming to this thread late but if you are trying to install from an OEM restore disk the only hardware that should be installed is what came with the computer. No add in cards or external stuff.

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