Windows 98 and PC Not Functioning

Microsoft Windows 98
May 20, 2010 at 17:17:37
Specs: Windows 98, 120.0MB RAM
Just a few days after resolving a small issue concerning Media Player Classic comes a bigger issue that came as a result of my long-term effort at speeding up my old Gateway computer: I have lost access to my computer's software and now I'm staying connected to the World Wide Web from a separate and newer computer.

I was deleting temporary files that were unnecessary and possibly slowing down my computer. I was doing fine at first until I came across an unfamiliar file named 64.exe. Checking the file's properties did not help and I was unable to access the Internet due to a busy telephone line. I clicked the file with the left button on my mouse with the idea of an installation screen coming up or something indicating what the program was about before I could click close or cancel, but the result was instantaneous and icons on my desktop and in the start menu became non-fuctional. 64.exe turned out to be adware.

I restarted the computer and came up a set-up screen for Windows 98, along with a request for the product key. Nothing good came out of this and I switched to a different registry, but the computer did not finish rebooting in normal mode. I switched to safe mode with the new registry and used ScanDisk, but it did not workk. I re-installed Windows 98 with the disc that came with the computer back in 1999, but it did not work and now all I get is an error message regarding a file named Browseui.dll.

I called Gateway technical support and learned that I may need a new Windows 98 disc if re-installing with my current disc does not work. I'm considering this option.

I wish I had waited until the telephone line was free this afternoon and I would have discoverd that 64.exe was actually an adware program. Taking a chance with a potential ad-ware program and expecting to quicky resolve any possible problems was not a good idea this time. This is most definitely the biggest repair challenge in my ten years of using this computer.


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#1
May 21, 2010 at 09:36:11
Oh dear, googling 64.exe on your other machine would have shown this
as first hit:
http://www.spywareremove.com/remove...
20-20 hindsight would be a wonderful thing...


Google is NOT the only Search Engine!


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#2
May 21, 2010 at 12:27:28
My Gateway computer (model TBR3 450 PIII) unfortunately did not come with a system recovery CD, only a Windows 98 CD and a few other Windows programs.

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#3
May 21, 2010 at 16:52:38
For anyone to help with the detail you need to say what error messages you are getting - "didn't work" could mean anything.

Have you tried cleaning the CD? Washing up liquid and water can sometimes help (use thumb to clean from centre to outside rather than in a circular motion) using kitchen roll to dry it off. The other possibility is dirt on the disk drive lens - there are kits for this. Sometimes you can get away with copying the CD on another machine - W98 installs fine from a copy.

By the way, deleting unused files makes no difference whatsoever to the speed of the machine, except maybe a lot of temporary internet files slowing browsing.


Google is NOT the only Search Engine!


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#4
May 21, 2010 at 21:45:49
Did you format and do a fresh install or was it an over-the-top reinstall?

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#5
May 22, 2010 at 04:27:52
I re-installed Windows 98 from over the top and I received an Explorer.exe error message after logging in. After re-installation, Display Properties appeared and I could not adjust color quality or screen resolution. The desktop image is a poorer version of what I had before the problems started.

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#6
May 22, 2010 at 06:42:43
"I could not adjust color quality or screen resolution"

You need to install the drivers...chipset, video, sound, etc.


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#7
May 22, 2010 at 08:42:00
I am now considering connecting two separate internal hard drives and storing important information on the computer I'm using at the moment before formatting the old hard drive and re-installing Windows 98.

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#8
May 22, 2010 at 11:53:15
You will still need the drivers - all of them if reformatting. You should be able to just add the new drive without touching the install but maybe you want to swap drives. I would make a copy of that W98 CD first just to be on the safe side.

Note that there are limits to system drive sizes on W98. From memory, I think you are OK to about 63G and there are fiddles to make it run up to 132G (I've not checked these figures).

Just for info, RAM max is 512M for W98 but this can be increased after install by making changes to the system.ini file first.


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#9
June 19, 2010 at 11:25:01
The tower of the computer was taken to a local repair shop today and the price of service is $35. I expect to get the tower back in about four days. Pardon me for not posting here in a while.

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#10
June 19, 2010 at 15:19:34
Thanks for posting back. Hope it all works out.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#11
June 26, 2010 at 21:22:20
According to the repairman, the hard drive of my Gateway computer crashed. Documents, pictures, and music files were moved to a Dell computer (including Windows XP, 37.2 gigabytes of hard drive capacity, 512 megabytes of random access memory) built in 2001. The computer was purchased between $100 and $200 thanks to the help of a relative.

I guess the old Gateway computer was way past retirement and could not stand to take any more tasks or challenges. It will be missed after 10 years of entertainment, learning, help, and interaction. I hope Dell this computer stays with me beyond my 10 years with the Gateway computer, especially since it's almost 10 years old.

(clicks "Submit Follow Up" with Gateway mouse)


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#12
June 27, 2010 at 03:02:28
We're glad you got it going. Thanks for posting back.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#13
June 28, 2010 at 16:01:38
Correction: the Dell computer was built in 2002.

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#14
June 28, 2010 at 16:58:10
Good; it's almost new. ;-)

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