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03-11-2003, 01:20 PM
I need to copy config.sys from the cdrom to the c: drive, while in DOS, but I don't know where it is located. If I don't find it I'll have to run FDISK, format the drive and re-install all of the programs. Can anyone help?
Could you please go into more detail about what your problem is?
Config.sys is file that is usually built during the installation of the OS, so a file from the CD rom may not be able to do what you need.
If there is a driver/file being loaded by config.sys that cannot found or loaded you can try editing config.sys in DOS and comment that stuff out.
03-11-2003, 02:16 PM
Well, originally, when I turned the PC on it started to load the OS. I saw the Win98 picture, but then the screen went blank and I could only load the OS in safe mode. I copied the config.sys file from the 98 boot diskette to the c: drive. I thought that it would replace missing drivers, but it didn't work. I don't want to have to format and re-install all of the programs, so I'm trying to find the correct config.sys file from the 98SE CDROM. Thanks.
03-11-2003, 02:29 PM
Config.sys is not usually required for an "ordinary" Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP machine to boot from the harddrive.
Commands in it load DOS-mode drivers, usually not required as Windows will load Windows drivers as it boots.
Try without a config.sys file:
- Rename config.sys to config.bak. This disables it;
Now, if you see problems, post what those problems are.
03-11-2003, 07:12 PM
:D I used the boot disk to get into DOS, typed REN CONFIG.SYS CONFIG.BAK, took out the diskette and rebooted the PC and everything works great. It's back to normal. I am so glad that I asked this board before I formatted the drive. Thanks so much, for the help.
03-11-2003, 07:23 PM
Well done. To avoid any confusion down the road you may want to simply delete that config.bak file. You can delete it in Windows.
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