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SYSTEM.INI error message

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JASanti7, Jul 9, 2004.

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  1. JASanti7

    JASanti7 Thread Starter

    Jul 9, 2004
    Hello all, I am new member and I have a problem that I can't seem to figure out! Please help me :confused: :confused:

    Here is the wording of the error message:

    Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run windows or a windows application. The windows registry or system.ini refers to this device file, but no longer exist. If you deleted this device file on purpose, try un-installing the associated application using it's uninstall or set up program. If you still don't want to use the application assoiciated with this device, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file.

    Since I bought Norton Internet security 2004, it has been a major problem. I have used the RNAV.2003 program to try and remove anything symantec on my PC. But for some reason, the problem is still here.


  2. active95


    Feb 3, 2002
    Since you didn't mention what version of windows you use, i'll assume it's windows98.
    In that case, check the autoexec.bat and config.sys files for symantec entries ( usualy those are left behind ) and put a rem in front of symantec entry
    for instance if you see in the autoexec.bat file the following entry
    put a rem in front of it, and it should look like this
    rem C:\Progra~1\Symantec.....
    Save and exit.
    If that doesn't work , then use the search tool in windows and locate the System.ini file
    Once you locate it, go are and open it up with notepad. Once open locate the C:\Progra~1 entry and delete it ( i recomend, making a backup copy of the system.ini file before anything else).
    Save and exit ( make sure the file type will be " All files" not " . txt ( since notepad will try to save it as system ini.txt file.
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    You'll need to delete an entry from the registry.

    It should be located under this key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Current Control Set\Services\VXD\

    Then find SymEvnt and delete that key.

    To get to the registry go to Start- > Run -> type REGEDIT
  4. WarC


    Dec 26, 2001
    You could download "RegClean", its freeware you could probably find at Microsoft's website. It should delete old entries.

    EDIT: If the line is in your system.ini file, you can edit it with notepad. Just don't change its properties or file type!
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