error message blues

By goku318
Jun 14, 2005
  1. I was trying to delete some annoying spyware from regedit and accidently deleted some software. Now I have no taskbar and error message 016F:00401F31 pops up on my desktop. I have a backup disc and win 98 disc but no GUI. How can I replace explorer.exe in DOS mode? I didn't find anything in your archives so I'm coming to everyone for an answer. Your help is appreciated.
  2. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Just Reinstall Windows 98

    Reinstall Windows 98. One of the great things about windows 98 is when you reinstall over an existing installation, it doesn't overwrite your my documents and other files - it only overwrites itself. I'm assuming you have 98 installed since you referenced the CD.
  3. goku318

    goku318 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you fro replying. Do you know how to reload Win98 in DOS mode ? With no GUI interface I'm stumped.
  4. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Boot from the CDROM

    Set your boot order in the BIOS to boot from the CDROM first. Have the Windows 98 CD in the CDROM drive.
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    To get to your BIOS, try hitting F1, F2, DEL, or INS after you start it up.

    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
  6. goku318

    goku318 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thank you dgower2 and poertner1274 resetting boot order CDROM first in BIOS worked ! I'm in the process of reinstalling WIN98 right now. You learn something new everyday. Thanks again !

    One more thing what's the best antispyware/virus product on the market now ? I don't want to go in regedit again. I think I had a trojan horse.
  7. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Best Spyware and AV Software IMO is...

    AntiVirus: AVG free edition from you may have to search around for a bit to find the link to the free version. Don't get the trial version.

    Spyware: Adaware from

    Spyware again: Spybot Search and Destroy - don't know the website - google it.

    These are all free and probably better then ANY "pay for" applications. DEFINITELY better than Norton and McAfee.
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