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Category : Windows 95 & 98


QAId : 3485444
Asker : smckay44
Subject : Internet network sharing
Private : No

Question : Hello
At my work i use an internet network sharing system to access the internet. This works well and is the standard windows 98 steup, the only problem is that to log on to the internet you have to go to the main server. I have tried to set up the other computers so that you can log on with them by using the modem setup wizard however the only options that are close to what I think you need offer comm ports or the printer port and we use network cards. I'm sure I'm doing all the the wrong things and the answer is probably just ticking a box, but it really has me stumped!!!
Appreciate any ideas.
Regards Stewart

Answer : I'm not sure what modems are doing in the picture... if you're doing internet sharing here's how it works:

One machine has an internet connection, be it on a modem, or with DSL or cable (or anything else).

That machine has both it's internet connection *and* another ethernet network card. The network card is connected to an ethernet hub or switch where all the other PCs plug into also. This machine is set to share it's internet connection (so it will pass traffic between it's internet connection device and the ethernet card).

All the rest of the client machines are setup with ethernet network cards and all point their default gateway (under TCP/IP in the Network control panel) to the IP address of the ethernet card on the machine sharing the internet connection.

Let me know if any part of this is unclear to you...

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Paul Doherty
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Rating : 5


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QAId : 3541232
Asker : pgg45
Subject : computers-regedit.exe files
Private : No

Question : I am trying to instal quickbooks pro 2000 and have been unsucessful.

This is the message I keep getting:

Reg File

qbcenters.reg could not be merged into the registry

I called the quick books number and they were not able to help me.

Please advise. I am under the gun to instal the software and get a company set up and running on it.


Answer : Find the qbcenters.reg file and double click it to manually add the information to the registry. If it fails again open the file with notepad and examine the contents to see what is needed.


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Paul Doherty
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FUQuestion : Paul

My pc could not find this file. I also tried to search my original windows 98 cd and still couldn't find it.

Should I copy what I found for this file on my computer at work?

What is a regedit.exe file?

Thanks

Patty

Answer : The qbcenters.reg file should be with the installation fo the program your were installing (on the CD, floppy whereever).

regedit.exe is the Windows executable that lets you edit the Windows registry. It also can be run in such a way as to apply the contents of a .reg file into the registry (which is what happens by default when you double-click a .reg file).


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Paul Doherty
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Rating : 4
Rating : 4


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QAId : 3541309
Asker : samet2k
Subject : Windows Password
Private : No

Question : Ok, here goes. I am running a Novell network with Windows 95 machines. For whatever reason, once you set your Novell password (and every time you change it), Windows 'allows' you to set a Windows password.

If you remember to set it to blank, then it won't ask you for another 90 days until you change your Novell password again. If not, then everytime you login to the network, you must also enter your Windows password, or press cancel to bypass the silly thing.

Is there a registry setting I can change, or something I can add to the win.ini / system.ini files to disable use of the Windows password all together?

Unfortunately, many of my users get confused between the two, and it frequently causes problems here.

Answer : If the users will set the Windows name and password to be the same as that of the Netware login you won't have an issue.

Also deleting the .pwl files from their machines will remove the passwords.


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Paul Doherty
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QAId : 4231451
Asker : bluefrog123
Subject : Age of Kings Problem
Private : No

Question : A couple days ago, I had a error message after I started Age Of Kings, that said, 'DDRAW.DLL file cannot start. Check the file to determine the problem.' After that happened, I ask a question on this website, and a person told me to go to Window Update, and download the latest version. After that, I started my Age Of Kings again, and after that, a diffrent message appeared, and it said 'MMSystem263 This is not a registered MCI device. So I asked someone after that, they told me how to fix it, and now it says" DDraw.dll file can't start. Check file to determine the problem. Please help, Lionel.

Answer : I have no idea what you've done up to this point but I'd suggest that the "ddraw.dll" error is related to DirectX and that you download and install the latest:

http://www.microsoft.com/directx/


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Paul Doherty, CNA3/CNE_4/CNE_IW/CNE_5/MCP/MCSE/A.A.Sc./B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 5
Rating : 5


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QAId : 4385000
Asker : aboka
Subject : Unknown Folder in Windows98se
Private : No

Question : Hi, When I click 'my computer' there is a folder with no names. When I click it, it don't respond. So I try right clicking it and it shows cut, create shortcut and delete. I choose the delete but also nothings work. I update my 'virus program' often, will this be an unknown virus of something? But there is no other unexpected thing, only this annoying folder. Please advice on how to fix it.

Thank you,
Aboka

Answer : I'd be more concerned about disk corruption first - have you run a scandisk of the drive yet? If not do so... Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/ScanDisk


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Paul Doherty
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FUQuestion : Thank you for replying. I run scandisk oftenly I don't think thats the problem. Do you have other suggestion?

Regards,
Aboka

Answer : Have you tried to get rid of it from DOS? I would try that if you're sure the disk is clean.


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Paul Doherty
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FUQuestion : Hi, thats a great idea, but could you show me how to do it? I try finding the folder, but there is no 'my computer' in DOS. And if I find it what command should I put at the DOS? You see, it has no name.

2>What is the '.' and '..' means in DOS when I use the 'dir' command

Thanks,
Aboka

Answer : The "." refers to the "current" directory and the ".." refers to the parent directory to the one in which you are currently residing.

If I was in C:\STUFF\STUFF2 I could make use of the "." in a copy command, for example. Let's say I had a file on A:\ I wanted to copy to C:\STUFF\STUFF2 - I could do it one of two ways:

copy a:\myfile.txt c:\stuff\stuff2

The way above always works but is rather long-winded since the the place I want to put the file (C:\STUFF\STUFF2) is my current location. So instead I can do this and get the same result:

copy a:\myfile.txt .

Which means copy the file to the directory I am currently in.

As for the ".." it too can be used. Let's say I'm still in C:\STUFF\STUFF2 and I decide that I don't want the file myfile.txt to actually be there, but rather in C:\STUFF. Here's a couple of ways I can do it:

move myfile.txt c:\stuff

move myfile.txt ..

Again I am saving keystrokes if I remain sure of where I am in the file system. The above commands both would move the file to C:\STUFF. You can even use more than one ".." in a command. Same example - but let's say I want the file to be in the root of C: (C:\) - here's a few ways to do it:

move myfile.txt c:\
move myfile.txt \
move myfile.txt ..\..

Any of those three would move the file to the root directory. In the second instance we're using the "\" root indicator by itself which is like the "." and ".." in that it refers to a directory. But in the case of "\" it means "root of the disk on which we reside" - so in this case when we're sitting in C:\STUFF\STUFF2 it is shorthand for "C:\".

The double usage of the ".." in the third example can be read as move up one directory, then move up another (moving to the parent above us, and then that directory's parent). So our destination went from C:\STUFF\STUFF2 to C:\STUFF with the first "..", then we have a directory separator "\" and we went up to the parent of *that* directory to C:\ with our last ".."


As for your directory with no name - note the path to the directory when you are in "My Computer" and can see the offending dir (I'm assuming it's under drive "C:" - if it's not and it's an empty folder at the *beginning* when you've only opened My Computer and *not* drilled down into the C: drive it is a "special" folder like Dial-Up Networking, or Printers that has gone bad. Let me know which it is...

If it's really a directory then note it's parent (the dir you're in when you can see it in My Computer - for example C:\PROGRAM FILES\MYAPP) then open a DOS prompt and CD there:

c:
cd "\program files\myapp"
dir /ad

(dir /ad shows directories only and quotes are needed since there is a space in the pathname)

One way to rid yourself of the directory would be to move all the files and other directories from that are out then cd up one level with a ".." and perform a deltree on the parent of the offending dir:

c:
cd "\program files\myapp"
xcopy *.* c:\backup\*.* /e
cd ..
deltree myapp
md myapp
xcopy c:\backup\*.* "c\program files\myapp\*.*" /e

That should remove the bad directory and restore your "myapp" directory with it's former content.

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Paul Doherty
http://members.home.net/iqueue


Rating : 5

FUQuestion : Thank you for all the info. And for the 'offending' dir, its in the *beginning*(inside 'my computer')

Regards,
Aboka

Answer : Ah, I suspected as much. that is not truly a part of the filesystem and thus can not be deleted. It is likely to be one of these:

Printers
Control Panel
Scheduled Tasks

If one of these is missing on yours that's probably it. You can restore those default "system" constructs by using TweakUI which you can get here - I believe it has the ability to restore at least some of these types of icons:

ftp://ftp.creativelement.com/pub/win98ann/tweakui98.zip

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Paul Doherty
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QAId : 4385018
Asker : eternal90210
Subject : defragmenting hard drive
Private : No

Question : Everytime i try to defragment my drive or try to scan disk it says i need to close a window.When i try to defragment it it goes to 1% back down to 0%.never above 1%.how do i fix it?

Answer : You need to have everything shut down, including items on your systray at the bottom-right. To remove the ones that you can't stop normally (by left or right-clicking) use CTRL-ALT-DEL once to get a menu of running apps. Kill all except "Explorer" and "Systray". Then run your defrag in peace...


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Paul Doherty
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Rating : 3


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QAId : 4385042
Asker : asifmehboob9
Subject : file system
Private : No

Question : How can I change FAT32 file system to FAT16
in order to upgrade windows98 to NT workstation

Answer : You can go the other way (from FAT16 to FAT32) since FAT32 is a superset of FAT16. But you cannot go the other way - you need to backup your data and reformat the disk as FAT16 (or better yet just do a clean install of NT and then restore the data).


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Paul Doherty
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Rating : 3.7
Rating : 3.7

Answer : There is a 3rd-party utility called Partition Magic that can convert the partition.

http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/index.html


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QAId : 4385077
Asker : kbaggs
Subject : Win 98 SE pauses at boot up
Private : No

Question : I just installed Win 98SE on a clean drive. For some reason when the system boots. It pauses after the splash screen for 1 min. The sequence is as follows: I get the regular BIOS display of the system and list of PCI devices. The Win 98 splash screen comes up. The the screen goes blank and back to the text screen listing the PCI devices. The cursor is in the upper left. It sits there for a minute. Then the Win 98 desktop comes up.
I am running on a PIII 800 Mhz. I have a LAN card to connect via DSL modem to the Internet.

Any suggestions?

Answer : This is really nothing to be concerned about - it is usually caused by having multiple CD-ROM drives (like a CD and a CD burner) and Windows takes a while to examine them on startup. If you want to inspect what is happening reboot and hold the CTRL key until the boot menu appears. Choose the logged boot option and after the system is done coming up open the file C:\bootlog.txt and see if you can see any failures or timeouts during the boot process.


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Paul Doherty
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FUQuestion : that's not it. I detached the CDROM drive and adjusted the setting in the bios. I checked the h/w devices in control panel to ensure that it was not there and it still sits there for 1 min.

KB

Answer : So what did the logged boot show?

FUQuestion : I'm getting a failure on ndis2sup.vxd. I have reinstalled the driver and still the same.

KB

Answer : What's still the same? The same delay or the same error in the bootlog.txt? If you've ID'd that the network is the only area in which you're experiencing failures why not try tearing out all network components from the Network control panel and reinstall them after a reboot?

FUQuestion : Yes, I tried all that. It seems to happen (the 70 sec. pause) as soon as the TCP/IP is bound to my network card. Another member said that it was the DHCP service trying to determine the IP address. I have tried disabling this service. I still get the pause.

Answer : Yes DHCP can do that - did you hard-code all IP information (IP address, default gateway, DNS servers)?

I'd still recommend that you just note the settings and rip out all networking components. Before you do that go get the latest drivers for your network card at:

http://winfiles.cnet.com/drivers/network.html

Then go ahead with the ripping of all components including the network card. Then reboot and add the card back in and configure IP.


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QAId : 4724053
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : wkdetect
Private : No

Question : I use Microsoft Works Suite 2001. in ctrl-alt-del, there is a file called wkdetect which runs to check for updates to the program. All was working ok-while on the internet I received a message that I had an update to download, I declined. Then I was unable to run Defrag as it kept starting over due to something being written to disc. While doing a tape backup, I got an error that user.dat had changed between back-up and compare. I disabled wkdetect and was able to do both without error. When I enable it should tell me that I have an update to download as I declined the download-however, it is greyed out. Obviously something is wrong. If you can help me I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

Answer : The program has apprently written something to it's configuration files that makes it think it has already applied the update. Go to Microsoft's web page and download the update manually. And, considering the grief that this program causes with background housekeeping operations like scandisk and defrag, you may want to disable it for general use and run it only when you want to check for an update.


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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 4900039
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Can't delete viewed documents
Private : No

Question : I can't delete the files I have viewed under the Windows98's default document folder. I used to delete the files being shown by selecting start,start menu,taskbar & start menu,start menu program,clear.But it doesn't work anymore.Could anyone help me please

Answer : Download TweakUI - I believe it can do this (and a lot more).

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-1461985-100-2830963.html?tag=st.dl.10001-103-1.lst-7-1.2830963

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Paul Doherty
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Home of DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 4994829
Asker : sanjeev3
Subject : Partition from Linux
Private : No

Question : Dear Pauldoherty,
Can you kindly tell me how can I copy on to a CD the files stored on a linux partition using software installed in Windows?
Thanking you in advance,
-Sanjeev

Answer : The easiest way would be to:

1) Boot into Linux
2) Mount the Windows partition (ex "mount /mnt/windows" if defined in /etc/fstab). If it doesn't exist already as a mount point you can add it to the fstab file with a line like:

/dev/hdaX /mnt/w98 vfat user,owner,exec,dev,suid,rw,noauto 0 0

where 'hdaX' is the partition number (hda1 for example) of your Windows partition.

3) Copy the files you'll want from the Linux partition to the Windows one:

mkdir /mnt/windows/linuxfiles
cp -pr /var/* /mnt/windows/linuxfiles/.

4) Reboot into Windows and burn the files from C:\LINUXFILES to the CD

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Paul Doherty
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Home of DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : Dear Pauldoherty,
Thanks very much for your prompt reply. But the files have very big names (18chracters) and that was cauing problems in doing what you suggested to I asked the question if we can get the files from windows partition itself. Also sometimes files were not copied only! So, is there a way through which I can overcome this hurdle? I also tried tar-ing and untaring in windows partition but somehow that doesn't work.
:-(

Thanking you very much in advance,
-Sanjeev
Rating : 5

Answer : Long filenames are no problem for Windows (you are running Windows 95, 98 or ME right?). Where are you having trouble? TARing should work too - do you have the latest version of WinZip installed? If not, go get it as it can handle .tar files:

http://www.winzip.com

Paul


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QAId : 5300884
Asker : baseballkilla
Subject : computers
Private : No

Question : WHEN I TURN ON MY LABTOP A BLACK SCREEN COMES UP WITH THE TYPED ON IT - INVALID SYSTEM DISK, REPLACE THE DSIK AND PRESS ANY KEY - SO WHAT DO I DO TO SOPT THIS OR TO MAKE IT BETTER?


- JOE

Answer : That is the message that is received when a floppy disk is left in the drive. :-)

If that's not the problem then you may have a hard disk issue. Respond with a follow-up question if this is the case.

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Paul Doherty
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Home of DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 5320655
Asker : BONGBOY99
Subject : AMIGA
Private : No

Question : HI!

I AM AN AMIGA 1000 USER.

I TOOK MY AMIGA OUT OF THE CLOSET A WEEK AGO,

AFTER 6 YEARS IT'S BEEN THERE...

I TURNED IT ON, AND IT WORKS JUST FINE, ACCEPT

THE SERIAL OUTPUTS DON'T WORK WHEN I PLUG IN A MOUSE OR JOYSTICK (NEW).

WHAT CAN I DO TO FIX THIS?

I'M ALSO INTERESTED IN UPGRADING THE RAM MEMORY,

GETTING A H.D, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT H.D WILL BE

GOOD FOR THE AMIGA 1000, SAME WITH A MODEM.

COULD YOU HELP ME PLEASE?

THANK YOU!

BONGBOY99@HOTMAIL.COM

Answer : Make sure you've got the mouse in the correct port (usually the left one as you face the ports I believe).

As for spare parts EBay is a great resource for Amigas and parts/software. Just go to http://www.ebay.com and type in a few search terms like:

amiga ram

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Paul Doherty
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Home of DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 5889785
Asker : sammy_lb_2000
Subject : Spool data formatting...
Private : No

Question : Hello paul,

under windows 98se or ME, the spool data formats
for a dot-marix printer is "EMF", and for a laser
printer is "RAW". Is there a way that i can find
out what these spooling codes stand for?
thanks a lot for your help...!
sammy. ;-)

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Answer : Here are some info sources on the differences:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q155/6/76.asp

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,289893,sid9_gci213583,00.html

I hope those help, Sammy... :-)

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 6450558
Asker : sammy_lb_2000
Subject : Using ie browser 5.5 on the web...
Private : No

Question : Hello paul,

when we have six or seven windows of IE browser
launched and open at the same time while using
the web, if one of these browser's windows gets
frozen and we want to close it by using the
ctrl-alt-del [end task] comination keys, all the
six browser's windows gets closed. Is there a way
to close ONLY one window and NOT all six when this
window is frozen?
thanks a lot for your help...!
sammy. ;-)

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Answer : I don't think you can from the standard CTRL-ALT-DEL tasklist, but other utilities that handles tasks (tlist, kill) may be able to do so. My utility KillTask can do it as well - I just tried it with 5 IE windows open and used KillTask to kill just one without disrupting the others (under Windows 2000)).

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 6458702
Asker : jcscrab
Subject : wierd message
Private : No

Question : this pc has some viruses. used an online service and it cleaned them but when i booted up pc today received this error message, "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SCANREG.VBS" failed
what does this mean.

Answer : That, very likely, was the virus itself, which has now been cleaned. A VBS file is a Visual Basic Script, and would be very unlikely to be a real program that would be setup for autorun at boot-time. Naming it after scanreg.exe was also a way to attempt to hide it's presence. You can safely ignore the message or remve the entry that loads it (preferable). To remove it do this:

Start/Run/Regedit.exe (hit ENTER)

Press CTRL-F to do a search and then type in SCANREG.VBS and hit ENTER. When (if) it finds the entry ensure that the path at the left is something like:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run

If it is select the entry that has the VBS file on the right and press DEL to erase it. Do another search for it and ensure it's nowhere else. There is no need to save when you're done - just quit the program.

If you didn't find it there then it's loading from one of two other places:

Start/Programs/Startup (folder)

OR

C:\WINDOWS\WIN.INI
(use Start/Run/notepad c:\windows\win.ini <ENTER> to get at this file)
Near the top will be two lines starting with "run=" and "load=" - one of them would have the SCANREG.VBS file to the right. If so delete the part to the right of the equals sign and save the file.

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

P.S. The virus you had is likely called "VBS/Stages" for future reference. A good resource for virus info is Symantec's Antivirus Research Center (SARC) at http://www.sarc.com

Rating : 4


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QAId : 6469130
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Windows 98
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I am having trouble re-installing Windows 98 to my Pionex computer. A few weeks ago when I turned on my computer (I am using a different computer now) a message came up that said something like there is a problem with he windows and that Windows needs to me installed to a different directory. So, I put my boot disk in, and follow all of the instructions and after a while it is finished loading up and says windows is now re-installed on the computer. But, when I restart my computer the same error message comes up. What's wrong? When re-intalling there is a box that comes up and asked me what directory I want to install it to. It already says C:\ WINDOWS, so I press ok. is there any other directory I can install it to?

Thanks

Answer : When it asks you can install to any directory you like, for example you can type in:

C:\WINDOWS2

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