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    System.ini/win.ini

    <img src=/S/new.gif border=0 alt=new width=35 height=15> Hope someone can help/direct me in this.
    In so many of the posts in The Lounge, I have seen reference to System.ini or win.ini..all located in the System section, along with Startup,etcetc.
    My question is: is there something that tells you how to use any and all of these things? The 'Help' section doesn't go into detail-i.e. what should be listed, how to add things or correct data,etc...in otherwords a tutorial of some kind on the usage of this stuff. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
    Any and all help is appreciated. I need to know how to do things like this if something has to be fixed...but I never see anything on 'how-to-do' it...primers aren't included...MS should have something at least...I tried the KB..but THAT doesn't go into detail either. <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>
    If this isn't correct forum...please direct me to the correct one...thank you. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: System.ini/win.ini

    The Microsoft "Resource Kit" manuals for each operating system available from Microsoft Press has a lot of information on what is in these files and what is in the registry. However, I would not call these books a tutorial, they are technical and hard to understand for a novice.

    You can see some information on the W2K books <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/1394.asp>Here</A>.
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    Re: System.ini/win.ini

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29>Thanks Legare...but this doesn't tell me anything at all <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>...I need something that tells me what is supposed to be in system.ini,etc...how to fix it, add things,etc...stuff like that. There has got to be something somewhere on this...everyone else seems to know how to use it..they mention this stuff all the time. Nothing on WinME listed there anyway.
    Thanks anyway for your reply. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: System.ini/win.ini

    It doesn't look like MS did a Resource Kit for ME. However, the Win 98 Kit should be very close, particularly for those two files: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/1340.asp>Here</A>.
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    Re: System.ini/win.ini

    <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> Sorry..have no idea what any of this is about..haven't a clue what to look for in this stuff. Thanks anyway...I will just forget about it.
    Was just curious...they should have included instructions on how to use this stuff like they did for other parts of ME...HAHA <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>

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    Re: System.ini/win.ini

    Here is a post from Fred Langa's LangaList (www.langa.com) today. If you hven't heard of him Fred has been a well known columnist for a number computer related magazines for many years. You might try looking at the files mentioned on your install disk, and visit the sites listed here. Hope this helps.

    Jim Conroy

    Every retail version of Windows, from Win95 through 2000, has little treasures (and sometimes they're not so little) buried on the installation CD--- stuff that you might not ever know is there if the only thing you use the CD for is to run Setup.

    For example:

    Just a quick reaction to the "Driver Woes" section of the 2001-08-02 Langalist: A tool I have found to be absolutely indispensable in dealing with Win9x driver issues comes in the form of a little gem of a program buried deep within the Windows 95 CD called "Hwdiag" (memory may fail me, but I believe it is in the "Admin" section). Run this program and it will spit out an itemized list of all your system hardware, as well as the associated drivers and their paths, all in an easy-to-print rich text document. There is an added bonus in that the output is color-coded to make clear which devices are functioning correctly, etc. Last time this saved my keister was at work a couple of months ago wherein I decided to reformat/repartition my hard drive, but failed to back up the drivers for my (mystery) network card. A quick search around the office netted a machine with the same card, and Hwdiag told me the drivers in use, which I was then able to copy over, and make it seem as if I hadn't made such a silly mistake to begin with [img]/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] This is definitely a proggie worth having in the toolbox, IMHO... ---W.E.Mcutchen

    You're right, W.E., and there's much more besides. For example, every retail CD copy of Windows 98 (not necessarily the OEM versions bundled with hardware) ships with a version of the Windows Resource Kit right on the CD-ROM. This colossal ResKit is equivalent to a 1,700-page book, and can answer a huge range of Windows setup, deployment, troubleshooting, operational and tuning questions. Plus, the ResKit comes with more than two dozen powerful software tools and utilities that let you do things with Windows you may not have imagined possible. Its combination of tools and information add up to more than 24MB. Win95 has a similar offering. You can read about these bundled--- but largely hidden--- tools via http://content.techweb.com/winmag/library/...101/fea0068.htm and http://content.techweb.com/winmag/library/...01/fea0045g.htm

    The retail version of the WinME CD, alas, has much less, but still offers a few goodies. For example, the "Tools" directory on the setup CD contains the old, DOS-level "Microsoft System Diagnostics" which can be useful when tracking down some low-level hardware problems; a CD test program; TCP configuration tools; etc.

    The retail version of the Windows 2000 CD has Front Page server extensions, some scripting help files, and misc. tools (Windows Management Instrumentation ODBC adapter, Phone Book Administration, Terminal Server Client for the Handheld PC, etc.) mostly under the VALUEADD directory. (However, an online version of the Win2K ResKit can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techi...ols/default.asp )

    But while the amount and value of these extra files varies, *all* retail Windows CDs (not necessarily the OEM versions bundled with your hardware) contain at least *some* extra goodies. Poke around--- you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find!

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    Re: System.ini/win.ini

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29>Thanks..I subscribe to Fred's Plus! 'zine.
    Unfortunately for me..I have OEM recovery cds...talk about stripped down stuff!!!!
    Drivers for audio..video...and that's about it..oh yes, the basic ME os if you want to reformat! This was all factory-installed, along with the 'bundled' stuff that I uninstalled (AOL,etcetc). Absolutely useless 2-cd jewelcase-both cds have the same stuff on it..what a waste <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>
    Thanks for replying...
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