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Missing dfs.vxd

Posted on 1999-06-25
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Would normally suspect this to be an easy problem to solve, but upon boot up of Win98 the computer will pause and give this error message: Win Registry or System INI is reporting a driver associated with a program no longer installed.  The file is dfs.vxd.  Problem is when I search the registry and hard drive there is no dfs.vxd file to be found.  So how can I delete something so the system will boot normally, when the computer reports the file isn't there to begin with?
Question by:stollery
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dew_associates earned 200 total points
ID: 1671414
Stollery, let's deal with your System.ini file first, then with the registry.

Click Start, Run and type in SYSEDIT <enter>

When your basic system files come up, click on the System.ini file to bring it forward. Now search it for the vxd file. If you find an entry that calls that file, place a semicolon at the beginning of that line, save the system.ini file and close sysedit. Now reboot.

As for the registry, click start, run and type in REGEDIT <enter>.

Now click Edit, and search for the vxd entry. If found, highlight the registry entry and click delete.

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ID: 1671415
Guess I didn't make it clear enough.  I already did as you suggested.  The file dfs.vxd is no where to be found in the computer.  Not in the registry nor on the hard drive.  If I knew what program it was associated with I'd either re-install it or try and find if the program had an uninstall utilitiy and use that.  Problem is I just built this computer and installed a full version of Win98, so haven't uninstalled anything.  Could simply reformat the hard drive and start over, but would like to know why this happened.
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ID: 1671416
Okay I understand what you've said, but what I was referring to was a reference entry in either System.ini or the registry. Generally, when a program starts and loads its DLLs, it will call the virtual device driver VXD. So, I was hoping the device driver call was being made directly in either the INI file or the reg.

DFS.VXD is a Windows 98 file. Therefore, click Start, Run and type in SFC and choose to extract one file (dfs.vxd) and place it in \Windows\System.


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ID: 1671417
Thanks Dennis.  That took care of it.  While I was at it I ran the checker on the entire system and found three dlls identified as corrupted.  Amazing since I just installed 98 yesterday.  Don
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ID: 1671418
Sometimes it happens, especially on relatively new drives. We have it happen every day when we're building systems for customers. We load about 75-100 hard drives per day and more than half have this problem. It seems that while drive prices are coming down, quality is going south.

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