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Greyed out MS files, & Win.ini prob

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by USCanadian, Jan 16, 2002.

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  1. USCanadian

    USCanadian Thread Starter

    Sep 28, 2001
    Almost out of the woods from a long lasting startup (or shutdown prob). Seems to have been related to bad third party mouse drivers, now using Intellimouse with vast improvement. Can finally startup after a shutdown without locking up at logo.

    System Restore fell victim to this problem, or it's resolution and it fails if executed. The following files are greyed out on my system:

    C/WINDOWS: SysBackup , APPLOG , INF , NetHood , msdownload.tmp , PIF , PrintHood , recent , sendto , shellnow , Templates , desktop(configfile) , HWInfo.dat , user.dat , Shellcon.new , system.dat , TTPCache
    C/ : system.sav , AutoExec , ASD.LOG , BOOTLOG , Classes.1st

    Lastly in msconfig, Win.ini I was getting added lines of "Systemdefault=," under the colors folder. This now seems to have stopped adding, but I have lil' pencils in all the lines I deleted this command. Does it matter, or, can I clean it out somehow. And, if this is a copy of Win.TSH, the actual file, where is that found and should it be?

    Thankyou for any response!
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    I'll try to answer a couple of the questions. I'm not sure what you are seeing with the greyed out files. Clearly you have a valid system.dat and user.dat because this is the registry proper and you couldn't boot without it. Applog is used by the disk defragmenter tool and you can delete it and it will be recreated as long as Taskmon is enabled in msconfig>startup. It optimizes the arrangement of files when the defragmenter runs. Sendto is the right click sendto folder in Windows. It contains shortcuts to the applications in the right click sendto menu. You could easily recreate it if necessary.

    The pencil icons you see in the msconfig file are indicators of an "edit" function, if you unchecked or removed items. If you unchecked win.ini in msconfig, then a .tsh file was created which contains all the "normal" items, but it is not called at startup.

    You can view and edit your win.ini file in notepad simply by going to start and running win.ini or win.tsh if that file has been created.

    You might want to make a backup first.

    Also concening System Restore, you may need to install this patch:

  3. Bryan


    Jul 3, 1999
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    And the greying out of those files is perfectly normal since they are "hidden" files.
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