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I got a old Packard Bell computer Windows 98 the first edition not second. 32 ram 3.2 Gigabyte hard drive. Today I can't get it to start up. It saids in dos that windows needs vmm32.vxd to start and if it can not be found reinstall windows i have tried everything i could find on the microsoft website. Another problem is the restore disk doesn't work so reinstalling windows isn't a option so please help I am lost.
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if you have your win 98 cd put it into the cdrom drive and go to windows explorer. from there go to the directory of the cd and open the "win98" folder. from there you need to find "base2.cab" which should have the neccesary file. you need to open the cab file (you need winzip or winrar to open with) and copy the file vmm32.vxd to the "c:\windows\system" folder. it seems you are using a different computer so copy the neccesary file to a floppy disk and restart the other (sick) computer with a boot disk then insert the floppy with the *.vxd file and type in at the a: prompt "copy *.* (space bar) c:\windows\system". this should work hopefully. remember to not type the quotes when doing this.
 

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Being the VMM32.VXD a monolithic file that contains most of the Virtual Device Drivers in your computer, It would be easier to reinstall Windows than repair / rebuild this file. Since the file is created and called from the Registry, attempt a registry restore first.

Bring the computer to a command prompt. At the prompt type the following pressing Enter after each line:

C:
cd\
cd windows
cd command
Scanreg /Restore

Select the earliest date listed and press Enter. Restart the computer.

When posting back, let us know where the cabs folder is located in the computer. You can obtain this information as follows:

Bring the computer to a command prompt. At the prompt type the following pressing Enter after each line:

C:
cd\
dir precopy*.cab /s

Let us know where this file is located. Hopefully the Cabs folder.
 

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I would like to reinstall Windows but i can't because everytime i put the cd in it hangs and saids please wait and never gets any farther even if i leave it in for 2 hours.
 

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There is no need to format the hard drive to install the Operating System. You don't need a CD to do so also. If the installation files are still intact in your computer you can perform a parallel install. But before, lets try to rebuild the VMM32.VXD. I previously requested some information from you in regard to the location of the CABS folder. I also requested to perform a Scanreg /Restore within the C:\Windows\Command folder. I need some feedback from you on this.

In order to attempt a rebuilt of the VMM32.VXD I would also need some information. Follow these steps:

Boot the computer with a Startup diskette and bring the computer to a command prompt. At the prompt type the following, pressing Enter after each line.

C:
cd\
cd\windows\command
RegEdit /e A:\Vmmlist.txt HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VMM32Files

That will create a text file in the startup diskette labeled Wmmlist.txt.

Bring up this file in notepad in any working Computer. Copy and Paste the contents of this file in a reply.
 

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I don't know if this will help or not but I found the scanreg files here C:/windows/folder/command
and also here C:/windows/folder/option/cabs
but scanreg won't work said invalid file
and also the VMM32.vxd file is at C:/windows/folder/system. I will try the other thing you suggested later thank you.
 

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There is no need to format the hard drive to install the Operating System. You don't need a CD to do so also. If the installation files are still intact in your computer you can perform a parallel install. But before, lets try to rebuild the VMM32.VXD. I previously requested some information from you in regard to the location of the CABS folder. I also requested to perform a Scanreg /Restore within the C:\Windows\Command folder. I need some feedback from you on this.

In order to attempt a rebuilt of the VMM32.VXD I would also need some information. Follow these steps:

Boot the computer with a Startup diskette and bring the computer to a command prompt. At the prompt type the following, pressing Enter after each line.

C:
cd\
cd\windows\command
RegEdit /e A:\Vmmlist.txt HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VMM32Files

That will create a text file in the startup diskette labeled Wmmlist.txt.

Bring up this file in notepad in any working Computer. Copy and Paste the contents of this file in a reply.
If you want to rebuild the VMM32.VDX file you must perform the above. Please note that the Regedit command above, although appears as two lines above, it just one line:

RegEdit /e A:\Vmmlist.txt HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VMM32Files

There is something wrong on your last reply.

I don't know if this will help or not but I found the scanreg files here C:/windows/folder/command
and also here C:/windows/folder/option/cabs
but scanreg won't work said invalid file
and also the VMM32.vxd file is at C:/windows/folder/system. I will try the other thing you suggested later thank you.
First you will need to navigate throughout MSDOS to the C:\Windows\Command directory to run Scanreg /Restore. You mention in your reply, C:\Windows\Folder\Command. Is that how appears? The "Folder" inclusion confuses me. Is it C:\Windows\Command, or, C:\Windows\Folder\Command? Is it C:\Windows\Options\Cabs, or C:\Windows\Folder\Options\Cabs?

You need to make sure of this. Otherwise our efforts will be futile.

Are you able to deal with MSDOS Commands. Be honest since your success will depend on it. There is no resolution to this issue other than throughout MSDOS commands.
 

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I admit I am not the best with MSDOS commands and I know that is the only way to fixed the problem but I checked this several times and it saids
this scanreg.exe is in C:/windows/folder/command
and here C:/windows/folder/option/cabs
It saids that the VMM32.vxd is
here C:/windows/folder/system and I know it should be here
C:/windows/system
but I think that is the problem the files got moved around to the wrong folder it was working fine to Saturday and then it got messed up with that error.
 

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Lets take a look at it. Boot the computer with a startup diskette and bring the computer to a command prompt. At the A:\> prompt type the following pressing Enter after each line:

Dir C:\Windows\*. >Win.txt
Dir C:\Windows\Files\*. >Files.txt

That is:

Dir[Space]C:\Windows\*.[Space]>Win.txt
Dir[Space]C:\Windows\Files\*.[Space]>Files.txt

That will create two .txt files in the Startup diskette. Insert the diskette in a working computer. Using Windows Explorer open these files in notepad. Copy and Paste the contents of these files in a reply.
 

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It seems that on January 15, 2005, your Windows directory was moved to a newly created folder FILES in the Windows directory. The causes are unknown. Was due to a Virus? Was done by someone other than Yourself?

We will need to reverse this actions. During this process, I will attempt to backup the installation files as a precaution.

Since January 15, 2005, you have made certain changes, such as reinstalling AOL. These changes will be cancelled upon running the process. The C:\Windows directory will be restored as of January 15, 2005. So, whatever happened after this date will be gone.

Boot the problem computer with the startup diskette and bring the computer to a command prompt. At the A:\> prompt type the following pressing Enter after each line (The prompt will change to C:\> after the first command)(Allways check your spelling and use the exact sintax):

C:
cd\
copy C:\Windows\Files\Command\Deltree.*
Copy C:\Windows\Files\Command\Move.*
MD C:WIN98
CD WIN98 [The prompt should change to C:\Win98]
Copy C:\Windows\Files\Command\xcopy*.*
xcopy C:\Windows\Files\Options\Cabs\*.* /s
cd.. [The prompt should change back to C:\]
Move C:\Windows\Folder C:\Previous [Make sure this command is executed before continuing]
Deltree C:\Windows
Move C:\Previous C:\Windows

Remove the Startup diskette and restart the computer.

Hope it works.
 

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Suggestion?

Change the Deltree C:\Windows to

Ren c:\Windows C:\Winold

(if I've remembered the syntax correctly?)

Then, at least you have kept the old one, just in case?
 

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problem598 said:
When I get to MD Win98 it saids Directory already exists.
and also after copying some files earlier today i got this new error
C:/Windows/VMM32/ifsmgr.vxd
The only reason I asked to create the Win98 directory was to backup your installation files. Use the following commands instead:

C:
cd\
copy C:\Windows\Files\Command\Deltree.*
Copy C:\Windows\Files\Command\Move.*
MD C:\INSTALL
CD INSTALL [The prompt should change to C:\INSTALL]
Copy C:\Windows\Files\Command\xcopy*.*
xcopy C:\Windows\Files\Options\Cabs\*.* /s
cd.. [The prompt should change back to C:\]
Move C:\Windows\Folder C:\Previous [Make sure this command is executed before continuing]
Deltree C:\Windows
Move C:\Previous C:\Windows
 

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I hope you did not continue after the errror message. Otherwise the root directory will receive all your installation files.
 
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