System Configuration Utility Does Not Disable Files

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SYMPTOMS
When you attempt to disable startup files using the System ConfigurationUtility (Msconfig.exe), some or all of the files may still be loaded whenyou start your computer.
CAUSE
This behavior can occur if any of the following files have the read-onlyattribute:

  • Autoexec.bat
  • Config.sys
  • Win.ini
  • System.ini
  • Winstart.bat
RESOLUTION
To resolve this behavior, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click MS-DOS Prompt.
  2. At the command prompt, type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command

    attrib c:\config.sys -r
    attrib c:\autoexec.bat -r
    attrib windowspath\win.ini -r
    attrib windowspath\system.ini -r
    attrib windowspath\winstart.bat -r
    exitwhere windowspath is the drive and folder where you installed Windows.

  3. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.
  4. On the Tools menu, click System Configuration Utility.
  5. Click to select the check boxes you previously cleared, click OK, and then click Yes when you are prompted to restart your computer.
  6. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.
  7. On the Tools menu, click System Configuration Utility.
  8. Click to clear the check boxes of the startup files you want to disable, click OK, and then click Yes when you are prompted to restart your computer.
MORE INFORMATION
The System Configuration Utility does not notify you if you attempt tomodify a file that has the read-only attribute.

Using the System Configuration Utility tool, you can isolate the specific file entry that is causing the problem after restarting your computer several times. Once the specific file entry that is causing the problem is determined, you should edit the appropriate file or registry entry to remove this entry and return the System Configuration Utility to Normal Startup. For information about clean booting Windows 98 using the System Configuration Utility, please see the "Narrowing the Focus" section in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
ARTICLE-ID: 192926
TITLE : How to Perform Clean-Boot Troubleshooting for Windows 98
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Article ID: 191547 - Last Review: 01/09/2015 13:07:48 - Revision: 1.2

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