Win98 Can't find Win.com but it will boot in safe mode

July 30, 2013 at 10:29:47
Specs: Windows 98
Win98 Can't find Win.com but he machine will boot in safe mode. the win.com file is there. i need to fix this. there is software on this machine that cant be reinstalled.

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#1
July 30, 2013 at 13:47:10
Is it Windows 98 first edition or Win 98 SE (second edition)?

Whatever, this procedure will restore it from the disk:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/136630

See the included link to 129605 for the extraction procedure.

The idea is that you extract Win.cnf from the disk, then rename it to Win.com and copy it over to c:\windows

I can copy it from a Win 98 SE disk if you get stuck.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
July 31, 2013 at 00:27:52
You say win.com is there. Is that because you did a search and found it or are you just assuming it's there because it boots to safe mode? The win.com windows uses needs to be in the C:\WINDOWS directory.

Go ahead and use a new win.com as Derek suggests even if the file is already there in the windows directory. It may be corrupted.

If that doesn't do it, then run MSCONFIG in safe mode and take a look at your autoexec.bat file (if it exists). If it has a line starting with PATH post back what it says in that line.

I seem to recall a similar problem years ago where changing the boot order fixed it. It may have just been that that change altered the hard drive spin up time. But anyway, go into cmos/bios setup. If the hard drive is the first boot device, change it to the second and make the floppy or cdrom the first device. If it's NOT the first boot device then make it first. Save changes and exit setup. See if that change makes any difference.

Edit Oh, another thing, run SCANDISK from safe mode and see if it finds any problems.

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#3
July 31, 2013 at 07:59:45
Boot off a Win98 startup floppy. Change from A:\ to C:\, then type in scanreg /restore & hit Enter. Select one of the registry backups from the list that's from before the problem began. After the restore process is complete, eject the floppy & reboot.

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#4
July 31, 2013 at 13:09:06
Just had this PM from serverguy77

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There was a script firing off from PC Anywhere.
I disabled that script and now it boots fine.
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So it looks like the problem has been solved.

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#5
July 31, 2013 at 20:25:47
Well, I never would have stumbled across that as a solution!

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#6
August 1, 2013 at 04:53:37
Yeah that was a weird one fellas, thanks for all the advice.




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#7
August 1, 2013 at 06:54:26
Yeah, computers can be strange sometimes. Glad to hear it's sorted.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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