What to check?


My young son has his own computer and somehow changed something so that when he shuts down, his tower automatically shuts off it's own power. He has no idea how he did it but I would like to know how to do it to mine. We used to have to wait for the "It is now safe to shut off your computer" screen but that doesn't even show up any more.


This question was answered on December 7, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Check the BIOS of your computer and see from there should be feature that let your computer to power off.

or could be cause by a Vmm32.vxd or Wininit.exe file is missing or damaged


To Obtain a New Copy of the Wininit.exe File

Extract a new copy of the Wininit.exe file from your original Windows 95/98 disks or CD-ROM to the Windows folder In Windows 95, the Wininit.exe file is located in the Win95_11.cab cabinet file on the Windows 95 CD-ROM or disk 11 of your original Windows 95 disks

For more information about using the Extract tool, click Start, point to Programs, click MS-DOS prompt, type extract, and then press ENTER.

Restart the computer.

To Re-Create the Vmm32.vxd File

Restart your computer For Windows 95, when you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, press the F8 key, and then choose Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu For Windows 98, press and hold down the CTRL key after your computer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), and then choose Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu

Type the following line to change to the Windows\System folder:

cd \windows\system

Type the following line:

ren vmm32.vxd vmm32.old

Reinstall Windows 95/98.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 7, 2003