The infamous * in system.ini

Why do certain drivers in the 386Enh section of Win.ini have an * attached to them. (i.e. Device=*V86mgr).
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

tfarrellAuthor Commented:
Edited text of question.
Virtual device drivers?
The most probable reason for this is:

as in the example ...

in the 386Enh section of win.ini windows is directed to associate this with Device=*V86mgr

possible reasons for the "*"

1) the win.ini file won't need to be modified if the V86mgr is updated.

   ie:  aV86mgr is replaced with bV86mgr

win.ini will still use the V86mgr for this resource.

2) also, this could be so that all V86mgr file(s) will be loaded in the event there is more than one.

This is not an answer, but a probability.

Cloud Class® Course: Microsoft Windows 7 Basic

This introductory course to Windows 7 environment will teach you about working with the Windows operating system. You will learn about basic functions including start menu; the desktop; managing files, folders, and libraries.

The "*" in the INI file means that the driver is native to Windows 95.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
All drivers in the system.ini starting with an * are internal calls. alls the other vxd's are actual files on your system directory.

tfarrellAuthor Commented:
Purpose: Specifies which virtual devices are used with Windows in 386 enhanced mode. This value can appear in two ways: either the name of a specific virtual device file, or an asterisk (*) followed immediately by the device name. The latter case refers to a virtual device that is in the WIN386.EXE file. Filenames usually include the .386 extension. Multiple device lines are required to run Windows in 386 enhanced mode.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows OS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.