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Missing APPS.INF file.

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by spook, Nov 21, 2001.

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  1. spook

    spook Thread Starter

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    An application recently told me my APPS.INF was missing, and it is. When I go to control panel/add&remove/windows setup, no applications appear in the window although they are active. This problem also prevents me from making a start up disk.
    How can i restore this file?
    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    Make sure "show all files" is ticked in Folder Options>View

    Then do a Find Files search (incude subdirectories) for APPS.INF

    You may have a copy in a backup directory.

    I have two, one in

    c:\windows\inf

    and one in:


    c:\windows\inf\infback


    I don't know why that would prevent you from making a startup disk, but if it does, try getting one from

    www.bootdisk.com
     
  3. columbo

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    Hey,

    If, for whatever reason, you don't have a backup copy, here are instructions from MS on extracting a file from your CD or cabs folder.

    Hope this helps.

    Extracting Windows Files from an Unknown Cabinet File
    Extracting a Single File:

    If you do not know which cabinet file contains the Windows file you want to extract, use the following command to search all the cabinet files in sequential order and then extract the file once it is found:

    extract /a <cabinet> <filename> /l <destination>

    For example, to extract the Unidrv.dll file from disks in drive A into the Windows\System folder on drive C, use the following command:

    extract /a a:\win95_02.cab unidrv.dll /l c:\windows\system

    The /a switch causes the Extract tool to search all the cabinet files starting with the first cabinet file mentioned on the command line (in this example, Win95_02.cab). Insert the disk containing the first cabinet file mentioned in the appropriate disk drive. You will be prompted to insert additional disks as they are needed. If you are extracting from a CD-ROM you must modify the <cabinet> parameter accordingly to reflect the actual location of the cabinet files.

    NOTE: In Windows 98, you should use the Base4.cab file in command lines with the /a parameter.

    If the Extract tool cannot find the specified Windows 95 file in any of the cabinet files, the file may be located in the Mini.cab, Precopy1.cab, or Precopy2.cab cabinet file. Use the following two commands to search these cabinet files:

    extract /a a:\precopy1.cab <filename> /l <destination>


    extract a:\mini.cab <filename> /l <destination>


    NOTE: The first command searches the Precopy1.cab and the Precopy2.cab cabinet files. The second command searches the Mini.cab cabinet file. If you are extracting from a CD-ROM, you must modify the <cabinet> parameter in these commands accordingly.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    The file can also be extracted using the System File Checker (start>run> sfc) (Win98) or Msconfig>extract file (WinME)

    If you have a c:\Windows\Options|cabs directory, you can restore it from there to:

    c:\windows\inf
     
  5. Mosaic1

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    Have a look in your registry. Go to start >run and type regedit. Press enter
    Navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\VarLDID
    Highlight VarLDID
    In the right pane there should be a long list of entries? Are they there? If not you need a registry patch.
    Which Version of Windows are you using please?
     
  6. spook

    spook Thread Starter

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    Thanks to all for your help. I forgot to mention it is Win ME.
     
  7. Mosaic1

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    spook,
    Did you go into the registry and loook for those entries? If you didn't find them you will need to apply this patch. This is for WinME.
    I am attaching it. Download and then rename it
    patch.reg


    Double click on it to enter into the Registry.
    (This does not fix the missing apps.inf, it puts the entries back into Windows Setup in Add Remove Programs)
     

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