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Old 12-21-2003, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend has an old laptop running Windows 95. Whenever you go to start it up it says "Invalid System Disk" (referring to the hard drive). I used a Windows 95 boot disk to start it up and got a command prompt. I ran windows\win to start it up but when I did, it said that it could not find himem.sys. I checked and the file was there and I even replaced it but it still said that it could not find it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do besides formatting and reinstalling windows?

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Old 12-21-2003, 06:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that reformatting is your nest option. Look for windows 98 SE. Much better than 95!!!

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Old 12-21-2003, 07:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's likely that the hard drive has errors or corrupt data in the boot sector.
I don't recall what command to put in at the DOS prompt to repair the boot record.
I would recommend running scan disk to see if there are errors.
A friend of mine had a similar problem and it was the hard drive going south.
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Old 12-21-2003, 08:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I already ran scan disk, if found nothing. I'll just format it. Thanks though
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Before you reformat, try this:
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