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Help! Is this Windows 98 SE or not??
herbielind1 Feb-24-02 11:35 AM
Please help...I have a Sony VAIO PCV-R55DS Desktop computer. When I bring up Properties, it shows "Microsoft Windwos 98 Second Edition 4.10.222 A", but when I run my antivirus program, it displays " Master Boot Record matches template: standard Win95 OSR2.
Partition Boot Record matches template: standard MSWIN 4.1 FAT32."

My teacher has given me a training tutorial that requires MINIMUM of Windows 98 OS...it will not run; it returns a message stating that it will not run on Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 systems.

My warranty support period is long expired on the Sony, so I cannot call their tech line without paying just to find out why the Windows 98 SE system that I purchased from them appears not to be Windows 98 SE. The Sony came with a System Restore disk. I have many applications installed and do not want to spend days reinstalling all of them. I would like to maintain the system as is.

Question: Is this Windows 98 SE or not? What do I have to do to get my tutorial disk to see my OS as Windows 98 SE?? I have searched thru the site and could not find this answer.

Thanks for any help you can give...


1. RE: Help! Is this Windows 98 SE or not??
edmaman Feb-25-02 03:04 AM
In response to message 0
I am running 98se and that is the same profile I have in system properties.
I also get the same OSR2 message in my Inoculatit AV info.
As for that program message ??? How are you trying to load it? I am no wizard but it seems to me you have 98se installed.

2. RE: Help! Is this Windows 98 SE or not??
herbielind1 Feb-25-02 09:27 AM
In response to message 1
Thanks for the reply edmaman! Is your system also a Sony, or does this occur on other systems also?
My instructor suggested that the software searches for references to the OS to be sure the minimum requirements are there before it proceeds with the install. It must be seeing the Same thing that Innoculate sees (my AV also), and then generates the "will not work on Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 message"
Is there a way to get it to see "Windows 98 SE" instead?

3. RE: Help! Is this Windows 98 SE or not??
lbyard Feb-25-02 02:42 PM
In response to message 2
What does it say when you open a DOS prompt and type…
C:\>ver
A real long shot… Try booting to the DOS prompt (F8 when windows is about to start) and editing your config.sys file…
C:\>edit config.sys
And adding the following line
Devicehigh= c:\windows\setver.exe
Put this line ahead of other device lines
reset your computer.
Larry

4. RE: Help! Is this Windows 98 SE or not??
herbielind1 Feb-26-02 11:41 PM
In response to message 3
Larry -
I am not sure if I did this correctly, but I used the MS Dos prompt through Windows and it indicates :Windows 98 Version 4.10.222.

Could you please tell me trying the config.sys edit could cause my machine not to boot, and if so , what I should do in case it does? By reset my computer, do you mean to reboot after I save the new config.sys file??

Thank you for your help....


5. RE: Help! Is this Windows 98 SE or not??
lbyard Feb-27-02 01:05 AM
In response to message 4
>Could you please tell me trying the config.sys edit could cause my machine not to boot, and if so , what I should do in case it does? By reset my computer, do you mean to reboot after I save the new config.sys file??

No. Yes.


6. RE: Help! Is this Windows 98 SE or not??
herbielind1 Mar-21-02 08:53 AM
In response to message 5
Larry -
I finally worked up the nerve to try out your suggestion. Unfortunately, it did not help....Any other suggestions? I would like to find the fix, as I am having to borrow some else's computer for the tutorial.
Thank you

8. RE: Help! Is this Windows 98 SE or not??
lbyard Mar-21-02 12:07 PM
In response to message 6
The only things I can suggest o try short of taking the drive down to “bare metal” and doing a clean install are to sys the drive with a Windows 98SE Startup floppy or install a new Master Boot Record. Sys is executed as follows:

A:\>sys C:

The other command is accomplished with:

A:\>fdisk /mbr

The last command runs some risk of ruining the directory structure on the drive and the loss of data. So take precautions per http://duxcw.com/digest/guides/hd/rules.htm before trying it. The command provides no feedback. It just returns to the DOS prompt. Larry


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