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    Unless there is some special reason you want to preserve this installation such as not having all the drivers or there being a specific piece of software installed which you don't have the disk for and won't run by just copying the files across, I would just ditch it and reinstall.

    In the Windows 9x era reinstalling was a fairly regular thing as it was the only surefire way to resolve certain issues. Trying to use various 'fix' tools often either did nothing, made the problem worse, or ended up taking longer than it would take to just reinstall. A clean reinstall with only the required drivers and software installed will often also speed up a system significantly.

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    W98 along with DOS also needed defragged every few months to speed things up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwathen View Post
    Unless there is some special reason you want to preserve this installation such as not having all the drivers or there being a specific piece of software installed which you don't have the disk for and won't run by just copying the files across, I would just ditch it and reinstall.

    In the Windows 9x era reinstalling was a fairly regular thing as it was the only surefire way to resolve certain issues. Trying to use various 'fix' tools often either did nothing, made the problem worse, or ended up taking longer than it would take to just reinstall. A clean reinstall with only the required drivers and software installed will often also speed up a system significantly.
    That's the thing, I have no idea what's on the machine. I've never gotten it to boot to the desktop.

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    If you're feeling adventurous, you might try slipping that HD into another machine and just sniff around to see if there's anything worth keeping. If you go this route, be sure that you set both HD parameters up correctly; i.e., Master/Slave, etc.

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    Or maybe put it in a hard drive enclosure (USB) and examine it from there.
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