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Creating a New System.ini File Without Third-Party Drivers

This article was previously published under Q140441
This article describes how to create a new System.ini file without third-party drivers. You may need to create a new System.ini file if, afterusing standard troubleshooting procedures to determine the cause of aproblem, the System.ini file becomes incorrect, missing, or damaged.
To create a new System.ini file without references to third-party devicedrivers, follow these steps.

NOTE: These instructions assume that Windows is installed in theWindows folder on drive C. If you are using a different drive or folder,adjust the following instructions accordingly.
  1. Restart your computer to a command prompt. To do so, restart your computer, press the F8 key when you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, and then choose Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu. In Windows 98, restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key until you see the Windows 98 Startup menu, and then choose Command Prompt Only.
  2. Type the following line to change to the Windows folder:

    cd \windows
  3. Type the following line to rename the current System.ini file:

    ren system.ini
  4. Type the following line to create a new System.ini file:

    copy system.cb system.ini
  5. Type the following line to edit the new System.ini file:

    edit system.ini
  6. Add the following lines at the top of the file:
       [boot]   mouse.drv=mouse.drv   drivers=mmsystem.dll						
    Add the following line in the [386Enh] section of the file:
       [386Enh]   mouse=*vmouse						
  7. Save the System.ini file and then exit the editor. To save the file, press ALT+F, press X, and then press Y.
  8. Type win to start Windows.

    NOTE: If your mouse does not work when Windows starts, it is likely that it is not supported by the standard Windows mouse driver. You can install the Windows 3.1 driver included with your mouse to regain mouse functionality. For information about installing the driver, consult the documentation included with the mouse.
  9. Click the Start button, click Run, type the path to the Windows Setup program in the Open box, and then click OK.

    For example, if your Windows CD-ROM is in drive D, type the following line:

    d:\setup Or, if you are using Windows disks, insert disk 1 in drive A and then type the following line:

  10. When the Setup dialog box appears, click Continue, and follow the instructions to set up Windows again. If you see the "Restore Windows files that are changed or corrupted" option, choose it. If you do not see this option, choose to reinstall Windows.

If, after Setup is finished, you find that some of your programs, tools,or peripherals are not working correctly, reinstall the program or device.

Default Entries for the System.ini File

The following entries are the default entries for a new System.ini file:
   [386Enh]   device=*vshare   device=*dynapage   device=*vcd   device=*vpd   device=*int13   keyboard=*vkd   display=*vdd   mouse=*vmouse, msmouse.vxd   woafont=dosapp.fon   device=*enable   [keyboard]   layout=kbdus.kbd   subtype=   type=4   keyboard.dll=   oemansi.bin=   [Intl]   ACP=1252   OEMCP=437   SystemLocale=00000409   [boot]   system.drv=system.drv   drivers=mmsystem.dll   user.exe=user.exe   gdi.exe=gdi.exe   sound.drv=mmsound.drv   dibeng.drv=dibeng.dll   comm.drv=comm.drv   shell=Explorer.exe   keyboard.drv=keyboard.drv   fonts.fon=vgasys.fon   fixedfon.fon=vgafix.fon   oemfonts.fon=vgaoem.fon   386Grabber=vgafull.3gr   display.drv=pnpdrvr.drv   mouse.drv=mouse.drv   *DisplayFallback=0   [power.drv]   [drivers]   wavemapper=*.drv   [iccvid.drv]   [mciseq.drv]   [mci]   cdaudio=mcicda.drv   sequencer=mciseq.drv   waveaudio=mciwave.drv   avivideo=mciavi.drv   videodisc=mcipionr.drv   vcr=mcivisca.drv   [NonWindowsApp]   [vcache]   [nwnp32]   [boot.description]   keyboard.typ=Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard   aspect=100,96,96   display.drv=Standard Display Adapter (VGA)   mouse.drv=Standard mouse   system.drv=Standard PC   [MSNP32]   [display]   [drivers32]   vidc.CVID=iccvid.dll   VIDC.IV31=ir32_32.dll   VIDC.IV32=ir32_32.dll   vidc.MSVC=msvidc32.dll   VIDC.MRLE=msrle32.dll				
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Article ID: 140441 - Last Review: 01/19/2007 15:32:20 - Revision: 1.2

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