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In msconfig general tab winstart.bat is checked is this necessary, and I have not noticed it even being there in the past.thanks for any advice offered
 

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Winstart is generally not selected.

Open the file in NotePad and post back the contents.
 

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C:\windows
C:\windows is what is in this file
A google search shows this batch file as the menu that comes up when pressing F8 at boot up, so am a bit confused
 

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The lines you posted are after you opened the file in NotePad OR after you double clicked on it?

Winstart.bat is a DOS batch file and the 2 lines you posted are NOT legit DOS commands.

And, this file has nothing to do with the F8 menu.

It is a file that gets initiated when Windows is started, and is a way to run DOS apps or do things at the DOS level as Windows is starting.
 

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so should I uncheck it from msconfig and or delete the .bat file?
 

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You didn't answer my question about how you found the 2 lines in the file!!

But, you can either delete the file or unselect it. Both ways will work.
(as long as you don't have a virus/trojan that keeps recreating it?)
 

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those two lines where found by opening it in win explorer, and the F8 was found by doing a google search
 

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"Opening it in Windows Explorer"???

Meaning, double clicking on it??

If so, you have run the file Winstart.Bat. The C:\Windows you are seeing, is the DOS prompt after the DOS commands have been run, whatever they were.

Run Notepad, open the file from there and post back the contents. This will show the actual commands.

NEVER double click on a BAT file, unless you know exactly what it does for a living.
 

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well the file will not open in notepad but I did uncheck it in msconfig and have noticed zero problems....thank you for your advice
 

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What happens when you try to open it?

Try this.

Rename the file to WINSTART.txt and attach it to your reply. Then I/we can download and try to look at it.

And then just leave it renamed. Or delete it. If something really needs to use that feature, it will create a new one.

Also, after you do the rename, check after a few boots to ensure that it has not reappeared.
 

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Phil it just won't open. I have unchecked it and rebooted several times with no ill effects so I'll just let it go at that.
 

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Rename the file to a TXT extension and attach it.
I'm curious to see what it is!
 

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brindle:

I don't know why you had trouble opening it in Notepad, ....

But, the file is essentially "empty".
 
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