Windows ME Misc Question

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hoggyland

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(1) Please could anyone explain what the file is within the Windows\ System directory calld 'USER'. I have opened it using note pad and found that besides all the symbols it contains what it would seem to be private information and details of some web sites I have visited. Can annyone explain what the file is and if there any way it can be edited or cleared.

I have re-named the file and then received an error message on boot-up saying registry could not find the file and I take the 'fix' option. The file then re-appears in the correct name as it was before I altered it.

(2) I have also noticed when using 'msconfig' and assessing my start-up list it shows -
stillmagmonitor- registry (machine service)- C\windows\system\stimon.exe

Can anyone tell me if this is a normally in ME startup or could it be related to a programme I have.

Many thanks for any help
 

TonyKlein

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Hi,

What is the extention of this 'User' file in C:\Windows System?

If you're unable to tell, go to Control Panel/Folder Options/View, and uncheck "hide file extension for known file types" .

Then go back to the file and see what its 'complete name' is.

Stimon.exe is the Still Image Monitor, which Windows loads when it successfully detects a USB "still image device" such as a scanner.
Stimon.exe then allows the scanner or other device to send data to a program running in Windows and is therefore required for the scanner to function properly.

Good luck,
 

hoggyland

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Regarding the 'USER' file I have just gained the following information.

It is of the Type - application

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Titled - Windows User Interface Core Component.

If this does not help I will investigate further.

A strange thing has happened on the icon on this file has changed from the normal windows square type to the Windows flag symbol. This has just happened.

Thanks for the information on the start-up question that has answered that query satisfactorily.
 

TonyKlein

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That's not the information we need. We need to know the extension.
Every file has one (the 3 lettes after the dot)
Example: Autoexec.bat, Kernel32.dll, Report.txt.
 

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OK, I get it: you mean User.exe.

Without this "Core Component" you won't be able to start Windows. It's an important part of windows and it has many functions.

Don't ask me to describe everything it does in detail, but you understand my drift: please don't delete it.

Grtz.
 

TonyKlein

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Incidentally, the User.exe icon ought to be the Windows flag.

Grtz.
 

TonyKlein

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I found this:

Loading the Final System Components at Startup

The remaining Windows 98 system components are loaded in the following sequence:

1. Kernel32.dll provides the main Windows components, and Krnl386.exe loads the Windows device drivers.
2. Gdi.exe and Gdi32.exe provide the graphical device interface code.
3. User.exe and User32.exe provide the user interface code.
4. Associated resources, such as fonts, are loaded.
5. Win.ini values are checked.
6. The shell and desktop components are loaded.
 

hoggyland

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Many thanks Tony, sorry you were right the file extension is .exe.

It would appear according to yourself to be a file that should be left well alone!

I was just surprised when I saw some of the web sites I had visited shown in the file.

However taking your advice I will leave it alone. I have seen some of those internet clean-uo programmes that relates to 'user' related things and I wondered if they did some sort of clean-up on this particular file. I doubt it reading your comments.

Thanks again for your help
 
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