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Creating a New Win.com File When You Cannot Start Windows

This article was previously published under Q136630
SYMPTOMS
When you try to start Windows 95/98, you may receive one of the followingerror messages and be returned to the MS-DOS prompt:
  • The following file is missing or corrupted: Win.com
  • The following file is missing or corrupted: Win.com Program too big to fit in memory
  • Cannot find Win.com, unable to continue loading Windows
  • Program too large
CAUSE
This issue can occur if the Win.com file is missing or damaged. Check thefile to see if it is the correct size:


Windows 98:24,791 bytes
Windows 95:22,679 bytes
Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2:24,503 bytes
RESOLUTION
Create a new Win.com file by extracting the Win.cnf file from your Windowsdisks or CD-ROM to the Windows folder, and then renaming it to Win.com. Todo so, follow these steps:

  1. Extract the Win.cnf file from your Windows disks or CD-ROM to the Windows folder. For information about how to do so, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    ARTICLE-ID: 129605
    TITLE : How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files
    NOTE: The Win.cnf file is in the following locations:
    • Disk 3 of the original Windows 95 disks
    • Win95_03.cab of the original Windows 95 CD-ROM
    • Win98_28.cab of the original Windows 98 CD-ROM
    • Win98_25.cab of the original Windows 98 Second Edition CD-ROM
  2. Rename the Win.cnf file in the Windows folder to Win.com. To do so, type the following line, and then press ENTER:

    ren c:\windows\win.cnf c:\windows\win.com
  3. Restart your computer.
MORE INFORMATION
If the Win.com file is too small, you receive the first error messagelisted above. If the Win.com file is too large, you receive the seconderror message. If the Win.com file is missing, you receive the third errormessage.
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Article ID: 136630 - Last Review: 01/19/2007 13:31:51 - Revision: 1.2

  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 95 OEM Service Release
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