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When you start Windows 98, you may receive the following error message:
Error loading GDI.EXE. You must reinstall windows.
After you receive this error message, the computer may stop responding(hang) or restart. This behavior may also occur when you start Windows 98in Safe Mode.
This behavior can occur if you are using a VGA video adapter driver and oneor more of the following files are missing or damaged:
Vgasys.fon Vgaoem.fon Vga850.fon
To resolve this issue, rename the Vgasys.fon, Vgaoem.fon, and Vga850.fonfiles (if they exists) in the Windows\Fonts folder, and then extract newcopies of the Vgasys.fon, Vgaoem.fon, and Vga850.fon files from youroriginal Windows 98 CD-ROM to the Windows\Fonts folder.
For information about how to rename a file, click Start, click Help,click the Index tab, type renaming, andthen double-click the "Renaming files" topic.
For information about how to extract a file, please see the followingarticle in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 129605 TITLE : How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files