I upgraded my Windows Me or Windows 98 installation to Windows XP. Why won't my original installation start after I remove XP?

A. This problem can occur if any of the Windows Me/Win98 startup files are missing and will result in any of the following errors:

  • The C:\windows\ifshlp.sys file is missing or corrupted.
  • The C:\windows\system\vmm32.vxd file is missing or corrupted.
  • The Windows Me or Win98 splash screen is displayed then the computer stops responding.

To resolve these errors, perform the following steps:

  1. Insert a Windows Me or Win98 startup disk and boot the machine.
  2. Replace the boot sector and overwrite the startup files using the sys command by typing at the command prompt
    sys c: 
  3. Remove the startup disk and reboot the machine by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del.
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