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Registry Hack to prevent Win98 "Advanced Startup menu" from ever running

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Hello, I was directed to this group in hopes to have a question answered. I have a PC in a arcade type environment, the PC is running Windows 98 SE. And as it is in a Arcade Cab, I can not "shutdown" the PC with the start button.

I have it set to scandisk every start to check for errors ect...

But windows wants to run the Advanced Startup menu when it detects a improper shutdown. This is not acceptable.

How can I force Windows to boot "normal" every time even if it gets improperly shut down?

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Hmm...I guess you are talking about the one when it defaults to the Safe Mode, if Windows failed to load.

I don't think it can be removed altogether, but try this workaround (if it works at all, never tested it)

In MSDOS.SYS add/edit these under the [Options] section:

BootMenu=1

BootMenuDefault=1

BootMenuDelay=1

It will load Windows in one second, while displaying the Boot Menu every time...now the question is...will this override the "failed load" boot menu...:/

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Thank you I will give it a try. I know win95 did not have this issue (as far as I can tell) Not sure if there was a patch for that but win95 never posted to the Safe mode screen when it was improperly shut down. I am not sure if that had anything to do with tweakUI installed on it or now.  But I know win XP and up can be edited to stop that from happening.

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In MSCONFIG.EXE, General->Advanced...->Disable Scandisk after bad shutdown.
Also TweakAll.exe, Boot Options->Automatically run Scandisk: Never.
(These probably set the "AutoScan=0" in MSDOS.SYS.)
This should ignore the bad shutdown and do a normal startup. Add Scandisk to your autoexec.bat to always run it regardless of how the system was shutdown.

In MSDOS.SYS:
[Options]
AutoScan=0
bootmenu=0


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I also thought of the BootMenu=0 and AutoScan=0 method, but wasn't 100% sure.

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I will give those a shot. Thank you Much.

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