The machine boots up and shuts down fine. I just cannot see anything but the background.
If you can only boot to a command prompt or into Safe Mode (holding down the F8 key while Windows loads) you may be able to see what files are still in your C: directory and compare that with a healthy system. Unfortunately, Windows 98 doesn't have the robust repair options Windows XP does. Your best bet may to simply reinstall Windows 98 using your recovery CD.
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