July 06, 2003

When it rains...

Booting up this morning, Explorer fails to load. I am not highly technical, but even I know this is not, as in N O T, a good thing.

I was able to boot to DOS and rescue my "book" files most recent update, and one or two other essentials, and have a backup from a week ago on CD-RW that won't do me much good at this point. I am working off my old Win95 system with a weeny little modem and no memory until 1) broke gets fixed, or 2) I get a new system after almost four years with my current Dell system.

I need as much opinion, advice and pity as I can get from those of you who know more about this situation than I do, which is most of you, probably. Can I reinstall Windows without reformatting my HD (which I have done before only with Dell folks leading me through the process)?

This is really, really not something I wanted to face just now... well, never would have been preferrable.

I am standing by....

Posted by fred1st at July 6, 2003 09:38 AM | TrackBack

Reinstalling Win98 should not format your hard drive. It's been a long time since I've done it so I can't remember the details. I'm running WinXP now and haven't had to reinstall it...not sure which version of Windows you were running. What's perplexing is why it stopped working in the first place. A reinstall might not fix the problem, especially if it's a drive problem. It's hard to diagnose without actually seeing what's going on.
Email me if you wish and maybe we can get it going. I would copy important stuff thru DOS just in case it's a lost cause.

Posted by: fletch at July 6, 2003 12:25 PM

Win 98 should go thru a scan disk before re-installing. If it finds problems that will prevent it from working, it will tell you that it has problems and can't install.

Re-installing shouldn't be a problem and won't cause the HD to get formatted.

Posted by: bogie at July 7, 2003 06:14 AM

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