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missing APPS.INF file

Posted on 1999-06-24
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Last Modified: 2013-12-29
I am getting an error message: "APPS.INF file is missing.Copy APPS.INF file from Windows setup disks into Windows INF file." I have no idea how to access the Windows setup disks; I think they are in the Options/Cabs folder, have no way to read them or search them, and the "Find" function fails to locate any APPS.INF file anywhere on my computer.....the worst part is that I don't even know how I lost it! What a week I'm having! Please help again. Thanks! K.Harms
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Expert Comment

ID: 1688969
to extract the file run :

extract apps.inf

run it from the location of all the cabs, and then copy the file to C:\WINDOWS\INF

Author Comment

ID: 1688970
O great gshriki, I thank you for your most prompt effort and bless the keys upon which you type.........however, I am blonde; I am woman, hear me roar "please provide more detailed directions. In the "Run" box, I typed "extract win95_06 etc." exactly as you have written (without the quotation marks, of course), and I got an error message. Then I went to the file itself in Explorer and tried right-clicking -- no luck for the "extract" command -- then tried the "Run" function again, this time typing in the entire path/command tries to run an extract file from the BIOS flash I downloaded yesterday, with which I am also having trouble, thank you!" I reject only because I am too unworthy (read "computer illiterate" here), and humbly await further efforts by you or your worthy cohorts. Politely Waiting, K.Harms

Expert Comment

ID: 1688971
OK, step by step :
1. go to Start -> Programs -> MS-DOS Prompt
2. navigate to the windows installation directory, where all the cab files exist (if you do not have it on your hard drive, you will have to put the "Windows 95 Installation CD" in your CD-ROM drive and then navigate to there)
for example, if my windows installation exist in
C:\WINDOWS\CABS, i will type the command
"cd c:\windows\cabs" in the MS-DOS Prompt Window.
3. then follow the instructions i posded earlier.

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Author Comment

ID: 1688972
Dear gshriki: Having followed all instructions, I sadly/frustratedly report that I get an error message:"Cabinet    No matching files" I put a period after the cab, thusly: extract and got an error message after it tried to extract: "Error: Cannot open file:" . As for the installation CD, the only way to get everything off that is to do a Restore, and I Refuse to do the "R" word @ this time! There's gotta be a way around this! Thanks again for your time and attention. I really appreciate any effort!!! K.Harms

Expert Comment

ID: 1688973
Got the message "No Matching files" ?
that means that you could see the cab file, but i can't understand why it couldn't find the file APPS.INF ?!?!
are you sure your spelling is correct ?

if yes, post your e-mail address, and i will send you the file.

Author Comment

ID: 1688974
I ar a speling CHAMPEEN!!! But seriously, gshriki, all is as you have seen it spelled out above. Alas, I must be missing the entire APPS.INF file....I feel so disfigured. NOW I want to find out why it's missing. As to deleting the file myself, I do not recall those events @ this time.....I am not a crook!! (it's 60's & 70's political humor, not literal!) How do you post your answers to me? My e-mail address is necessary to receive notification that you have responded..... have THEY locked you in a 100 degree warehouse on the third floor, chained to a wooden table, typing out tech answers on an obsolete console, trying to earn enough points for a piece of bread for din-- -  oh, sorry.THEY may be watching. My e-mail address is as follows:    and once again I thank you for your kind attention. If there is a spot for Letters to THEM, I would rescind my rejection and sing your praises; just send me the "Kudos area" address and I shall mend the tatter in your rep caused by my summarily premature rejection. Howzat?  I will be online til this and the BIOS problem are solved. Once again, my e-mail is:     THANKS!!! K.Harms

Expert Comment

ID: 1688975
Been a long time since I have had a grin this big on my ugly face.



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gshriki earned 100 total points
ID: 1688976
Is it OK now ?

Author Comment

ID: 1688977
Dear gshriki: Thank you for your attention to this matter. Your answer provided a
basis upon which I was able to search and proceed, to wit: after downloading
Microsoft's PowerToys so I could have a cab viewer, I went through the cabs til I found the apps.inf file,in Folder # 9, then copied it as instructed to the Windows .inf file. Tell THEM I said "Free the Point Slaves!!"  Regards, K.Harms

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