How do I remove an error message screen on start up?

Question

i reinstalled cdrwin, a program for burning cds. i also had to update some system files when doing so. now, whenever i reboot, i receive a message telling me "one or more system devices or drivers failed during startup". so far i have not noticed any performance problems, however, it annoys me that i cannot determine what has failed.

when reviewing my event viewer there is nothing related to this. i have several probs with my hard drives that need addressing but that is a recent problem.

i would like to determine what is failing and how to go about finding it and resolving it. thanks in advance.

Answer

This question was answered on September 22, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It appears that Windows is executing an extraction file or program of some kind during startup You might want to check your win.ini that is located in your Windows folder You can use Find on the Start Menu to help you find this file more quickly Double click on the win.ini file and notepad should open the file in text format so you can read and edit the file Under the [Windows] header, you should see a lines that start with load= and run= Check to see if you have anything written to the right of these Most likely you have some kind of self extracting executable file listed there.

If you do, write down the path or text of that line in case you need to put it back in Take your curser and delete the text right of the = sign You don't need to delete the load= or the run= of the line Save the file and exit and reboot the computer The message should not appear on the screen during start up.

As a precaution, I would check to see of your Pagis 3.0 application still works If you experience problems, just edit the text back into your win.ini where you had deleted it Save, exit and reboot Your application should work properly as before but your message will appear on start up again.

There is one other possibility that could be causing the message to appear on your screen You might have a program that runs this extraction in the Start Up menu on your Windows NT desktop To delete this from your Start Up menu, right click on any open space on the Taskbar at the bottom of your desktop Click on Properties Then click on the Start Menu Programs tab Under Customize Start Menu, click on Remove A screen similar to the Explorer screen should appear Double click on Start Up Click on the extraction program to highlight it, and then click the Remove button

A word of caution Whenever you are editing an .ini file use caution You can change settings that Windows and other applications need in order to run correctly and without problems Making changes in these files should be done with the upmost care If your not sure what certain text mean, it's best not to edit them Take your computer to a reliable repair facility

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on September 22, 1999