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INF Files Won't Install - Tried Everything

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Dukane, Aug 29, 2008.

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  1. Dukane

    Dukane Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  2. Blue Zee

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    How can you tell it didn't install?

    What type of INF file are you trying to install?
     
  3. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor

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    " 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?
     
  4. Dukane

    Dukane Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  5. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor

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    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.
     
  6. Blue Zee

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    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?
     
  7. Dukane

    Dukane Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  8. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor

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    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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