Broken old laptop

By Alster37 ยท 6 replies
Nov 30, 2008
  1. hi i have a difficult problem with my laptops os. I was upgrading it to xp form 98 and it told me to restart so i did. then upon reboot it went into setup again and 5 mins later it says setup cannot copy 100's of files. so i rebooted and tried to run 98 it said a file is corrupted and asked me to type where my command prompt something is and to run scanreg.

    how do i fix this?

    spes: 330mhz (processor unknown)
    ram :33mb
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    You can't. Windows XP requires about 512Mb of ram to run well. Minimum, I dont know, could be 256Mb It also needs up to 5Gb of disk space.

    Reinstall Win98. It was a perfect good OS, as long as you respected it's limits. You might paradoxically, be safer on the internet than with XP, but I wouldn't risk it. I doubt if there is any existing firewall or anti-virus that will work with Win98
  3. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    i inserted the windows 95 disk into drive and the option tob install does not show on boot still
    xp pro setup
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    you are confusing me

    You now talk about Win95, not Win98, and give a description of what happens at boot which is entirely unhelpful. FYI when reporting a symptom (of anything) it is essential to give a complete word-for-word reading of what you see on screen.

    I can only hazard a wild guess that you have not set the bios to boot off the CD drive, and so the install CD might as well not be there....
  5. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    It's simple i put in the win 95 disk as i couldnt find 98 and the option to install 95 does not appear when laptop states as normal which operating system would you like to boot with. rember im not talking old but really old.
    annoyingly my laptop states error before message boot from CD or enter bios option appear.

    (on 98 boot)
    windows has detected a registry/configuration error
    choose command prompt only and run scanreg
    laptop model Toshiba Tecra 550CDT
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    You can download a Windows 95 Startup Disk from here:
    Boot from floppy, whilst having the Windows 95 CD in the drive as well
    The floppy disk will eventually boot to a command line
    Or it will automatically start the Windows 95 installation

    If you just get a command line like A:\>
    Just type D: and then press enter
    Then type Setup, then press Enter
  7. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    sorry im afraid ive lost my portable floppy drive which came with the laptop.
    any other idea's? :eek:
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