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It sounds like you are trying to boot from file you downloaded from "bootdisk.com". This is not the actual boot disk. You have to make a boot disk from this file on another floppy.
If you did make the new file then it sounds like your bios may be set to boot from the HD as the first choice. You will have to reset your bios for "A drive" first then "hard drive" that way it will look for the floppy as first choice.
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Hi Thad, I received your email as well. I think you were referring to my recommendations to download boot disks from freepctech, however, the one from bootdisk is fine too. Please be sure you save it to the DESKTOP, NOT to a floppy disk. There needs to be more than one file on the boot disk, and I'm guessing from your description, there isn't, thus the reason for the non system disk boot error.

Once the file is on your desktop, double click on it to expand it to a floppy disk. Just follow the instructions. On the problem pc, you'll need to have the bios set to boot from the floppy disk first.

I also, would like to know what problems you are having before you continue on.
 

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The bios sees the hard drive? You are sure?

If so, save changes coming out, even though you have made none. Then see if you get the same invalid system disk error message.
 

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Once you have the boot disk put it in the floppy drive and start or reboot the puter. It will go through diagnostics and loading cd drivers etc then you should get an a:/ prompt. At the prompt type C:and then at the C: prompt type scanreg /restore with a space between scanreg and /restore. Once the registry is scaned you should get a list of good restore dates, select one and see if it will start up. :) If it don't do the process again and try another date. :)
 

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I'm getting the impression that you still aren't following me.....once you save to desktop, you just don't save to disk immediately after. You MUST double click on the file you downloaded to your desktop, and follow the step by step instructions to 'create' the boot floppy disk. The floppy disk will have more than one file, if not, you are not following our instructions.
 
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