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Matthew Rust
Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2000 - 2:51 pm:   

When I start my computer it gets to the Windows screen for a few seconds but then it reverts
back to DOS and gives me the message "SYSTEM.INI file not found or damaged" . Then you can
enter DOS for a few seconds, but if you wait to long it freezes up. Does somebody know how
to go about fixing th
Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2000 - 4:19 pm:   

if you have the recycle bin enabled to save files, you can go into safe mode and find the previous ini file by time and date to copy it to your windows folder. then reboot normally. hopefully it takes. if you did an install, and something went wrong, this is one way to do it. however, you may lose some settings there if the install process wrote to the ini. i would suggest you uninstall the program and then reinstall it to get what you need; if possible. if it won't uninstall, then you may have to either try to reinstall it on top of itself, or manually delete the key files and folders pertaining to it and then hack the registry so the os has no knowledge of the app. this can be very time consuming and all it takes is one mistake to blow your computer to hell. either way, good luck.
Adam Emswiler (Abe)
Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2000 - 5:47 am:   

Another thing you can try is to look in the windows folder (C:\WINDOWS) and type "DIR SYSTEM.*" This will give you the listings of all the files that could possibly be a backup of your system.ini file.

Certain programs make a backup of this file when they write to it, and all it may take is to copy a slightly older version of the file to the original file-name (system.ini)
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2000 - 12:58 pm:   

If you do that beware that the system.1st is not your system.ini backup, but your system.dat backup. Renaming it to system.ini will really screw this up.

Also system.da0... etc are also backups of your system.dat not the ini.

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