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Missing SYSTEM.INI file

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When I turn on my computer, I receive the following message:

"Cannot find device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application.

The Windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists.

If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using it's uninstall or Setup program.

If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling the application to replace the missing file.

Press any key to continue"

is it possible to replace this file without rebooting or reinstalling windows (i am using win98, btw)

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Did you unistall any programs or software?
if yes which one
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Your system will boot up when you hit enter to continue right.
I've recently had this same problem. There is something in your registry calling upon a program or file that you have deleted or uninstalled.

If you search at Microsoft.com about editing/saving/restoring your registry I think this will be all the help you need.
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Hi I'm kool808, :tazz:

I need to know what specific device did you used previously and had uninstalled? Did you uninstalled it using the Add/Remove utility from the control panel or just deleted it?

I need you to download and install HijackThis, found on my signature below. Save it in a folder C:\HJT

Note: Running HJT for the first time?
* Put a check on the box 'dont show this frame again when I start HijackThis'
* Click None of the above, just start the program.

We need to generate a log for your SYSTEM.INI so we can see the missing file:
* Open HijackThis
* Go to Config
* Go to Misc Tools
* Under Startup List, click Generate Startup List Log
* Confirm with a YES

Please post the log here.

Edited by kool808, 23 May 2005 - 10:16 PM.

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I don't recall uninstalling any programs and am not able to access the internet so I can't download any of the programs you guys recommended.

I did however fix the problem but restoring the registry through MS-DOS so everything is fine now.

Thanks again you guys for the solutions and helping me fix this problem :tazz:
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