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Invalid config file

Posted on 1997-02-22
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I inadvertently shut down my Win95 system during a boot
sequence.  Ever since that time when I boot it stops
during initialization and says "invalid configuration file"
"Run system configuration utility".  If I type
"F1" at that point (on offered option) it boots
OK, but it is a pain to have to be there to boot.
I would also like to know what is going on.

I haven't been able to find the "system configuration"
utility that it refers to.  Does anyone know what it is
referring to?  I did find a system configuration file.
It appears to have only comments in it.

While not fatal, this problem is irritating and I am
concerned that it may lead to more serious problems.
I do not frequent this list, but decided to try here
for help.

Please cc any suggestions to jed@webstart.com

Thanks!!

--jed http://www.webstart.com/jed/

P.S.  I received a responce from the
comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc newsgroup
from "Larry A. Huls" <lhuls@grove.net>.
Larry wrote:
_______________________________________________
Jed,

I think that what your computer is asking for is the Microsoft
Configuration Backup (CFGBACK.EXE),  located in the Windows 95 CD in the
folder \OTHER\MISC\CFGBACK or on the CD included with the Windows 95
Resource Kit.  Either way you are required to to load the file from the CD
to your system before you can use it.  To load CFGBACK.EXE, go into Control
Panel, start Add/Remove Programs, and add the program.  The backup utility
allows you to create up to nine iterations of your Registry.  Once you have
the program installed, simply start it and choose the option you want to
execute: Backup or Restore.

Caveat: CFGBACK.EXE runs inside Windows, not in MS-DOS mode.
_________________________________________________________

While I did find the cfgback.exe utility and its help
package, I don't know how to find any backup configuration
files to restore (if indeed I have any).  It would not
seem worthwhile to backup the current invalid file.

I would still like to remove the irritation of having
to type "F1" every time I reboot.  I just checked both
disks for errors and found a few that were corrected.
I won't know if that helped or hurt until I reboot
after posting this question.

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I will be willing to bet that the machine in question is a true blue IBM. Right? The answer to your question lies with IBM (Compaq same thing) this is the same thing as a clone's CMOS setup. What it's reffering to is the system settings. On a IBM and the Compaq is a file that is written to an EPROM inside the machine. When you disturbed the boot sequence you emptied the EPROM. You must run the setup disk from IBM or Compaq to stop this from happening!
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