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29-Aug-2008, 09:05 AM #1
INF Files Won't Install - Tried Everything
When 98SE was king, I can't remember how many times I
helped colleagues repair the INF file association. If it worked,
all you had to do was select "Install" from the Context Menu.

A few minutes ago I was sitting in front of an old Gateway
desktop. All the usual fixes don't work. Everything looks
good in the Registry. When you look under Folder Options>
File Types>Setup Information, you see that under "Actions"
the Install, Open, and Print options are all correct.

Just to make sure I wasn't overlooking something, I reviewed the
Microsoft KB article that gives you the procedure. Again, I can't
find anything in this system that has to be fixed.

When you select Install from the Context Menu nothing happens.
It should work, but it doesn't.
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29-Aug-2008, 12:05 PM #2
How can you tell it didn't install?

What type of INF file are you trying to install?
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29-Aug-2008, 12:41 PM #3
" Again, I can't
find anything in this system that has to be fixed"

http://malektips.com/98tww0019.html
Will return all of the file associations to the default settings.
But if you are not having any problems on this Pc Why change anything?
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29-Aug-2008, 12:56 PM #4
They're drivers.

My friend has a list of all the file names. Some of
them should be in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM. They're
not. I'm trying to install them manually because
Windows is playing its usual games. If I can get them
installed it might resolve his problems.

Before I started my own small business, I remember
wiping out and installing the early versions of Windows
several times a year. It was almost a joke.

I don't care how much you know about Windows. There
are countless problems that can never be resolved without
a fresh install of the system. I admit that XP is a lot
better than 98. I keep all my critical files for my business
on a Linux system.

I just found a command line for INF files:

C:\> rundll32 syssetup,SetupInfObjectInstallAction DefaultInstall 128 .\<file>.inf

Not sure if it works with all Windows systems.

This problem is so common there are a million links to a Registry
file that's suppose to fix the problem.

Here it is:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inffile]
@="Setup Information"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inffile\DefaultIcon]
@="shell32.dll,-151"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inffile\shell\open\command]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\NOTEPAD.EXE %1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inffile\shell\print\command]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\NOTEPAD.EXE /p %1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inffile\shell\install]
@="&Install"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inffile\shell\install\command]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\rundll.exe setupx.dll,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %1"

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I've seen hundreds of posts about this file. Maybe it works 50%
of the time.

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29-Aug-2008, 01:07 PM #5
Ok let's backtrack a second.
What problems is he having with Win98?

Try system file checker.
Start>run>type
sfc
You will need the original install Cd.
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29-Aug-2008, 01:15 PM #6
If I remember correctly they should be at C:\Windows\System\inf and the folder is hidden.

But using the INF files to install drivers is not the correct way to do it.

As blues_harp28 asked above, what is wrong with that system?
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29-Aug-2008, 01:29 PM #7
I ran the system file checker already.
Should have mentioned it in my original post.

I also have many system diagnostic apps that
can run from a CD or a thumb flash drive.

The system file checker in 98SE is not reliable.
When I used 98SE regularly, a few years ago,
it would identify the same files over and over as
being corrupt. Other files, that were actually
damaged, it consistently overlooked.

Hey guys, I know some programmers that could
practically rewrite an operating system. I can create
scripts that automate many repetitive processes.
I guess that makes me an advanced Windows user.

A programmer I know created a little EXE file that's suppose
to run INF files. I tried this INF launcher. Didn't work.
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29-Aug-2008, 01:52 PM #8
Yep system file checker is not the best Windows application.
It will reload old outdated files etc.
Best to see what is missing and if dll files d/load from the net.

The question remains..
What problem is he having?
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