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How to get rid of "DOS" Setup Menu?

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It's a long story, but now whenever I boot up my computer,
I am started at the Windows 95 setup menu in DOS--the one
that looks like DOS, gives a choice of about 8--like "Normal," "Safe Mode"--as if I had pressed F8 when the computer was starting up. The computer goes to Windows 95 everntually after a delay of several seconds on this screen. However, I want it to go straight to Windows
95. I have even tried reinstalling Windows 95, but nothing has worked. Can't see any clues in autoexec.bat, config.sys and don't know where to look. Thanks ahead of time!
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varun071898 earned 150 total points
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I think you may have installed TweakUI. If you don't have it then download it from www.betanews.com  files section. On that page you may have to search for TweakUI (Edit -> Search in IE). Download it and extract it to any temp folder.
Right click tweakUI.inf and click install. Now go to Control Panel. click tweakui, go to Boot tab.
Now uncheck  "Always show boot menu" in the Boot Menu part.
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by:mrpants
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Absolutely brilliant! It worked and I've tripled my points from 50 to 150 because it
was a quick and painless solution. It's nice to have my old computer back!
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by:ashleya
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TweakUI is a crap program, is hard (infact nearly impossible) and should have been shot at conception
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by:varun071898
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TweakUI is a CRAP? Its a very very nice program. It lets you configure many things in Windows.
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by:ashleya
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try winhacker.. it kicks a*se over Tweak
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Does winhacker help out with registry files by any chance? I have tried Tweak, RegClean (by Microsoft), and RegRepair. RegRepair tells me it can't clean my registry file because it is corrupted. The symptoms--sometimes I'll get a warning message that pops up after the computer has been on for a while that says something about how I need to quit all my applications and reboot because of my registry file
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by:ashleya
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i can't remember exactly but i think that it does something like that.. so are u saying that your reg file is corrupted or something?? has it always been like this or did u start hacking into the reg?
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I have hacked into my registry file a little so I could run Perl scripts under a web server, but the corruption showed up before I ever touched it. I'll give winhacker a shot.
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by:ashleya
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o ok... what actually is the error?
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I think it is this:

Windows has encountered an error accessing the system registry.
   You should restore the registry now and restart the computer.

   If you ignore this error and shut down your system, you may lose data.

I have never lost any data, nor had trouble running applications. It usually pops up if I've had my system up for a couple hours--even if all my applications are closed. Of course, my backup registry file (the one Windows keeps) is in the same shape, so restoring the previous version does nothing to correct the problem in the long run.

The irony is I think a Microsoft program or two really did a number on the registry in the first place--the beta for Visual Interdev and the beta for Visual J++. I also had trouble installing the newest version of Microsoft Personal Web Server--the old version of PWS installed and works fine. All this because at work the web server is NT and I'm trying to learn more at home about Active Server Pages. I uninstalled all of the betas, but was left with a gunked up registry file (I am guessing here).
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i've found always look at hardware conflicts when your reg stuffs up.. ie different types or RAM or whatever
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ok. will do.
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