I have deleted by error the system.ini from my PC, and now I can't open Windows 98 anymore; the PC shuts down automatically after +/-60 seconds...how can I restore system.ini? You are in luck. Windows 98 makes a backup copy of system.ini when it backs up your registry using ScanReg. These backups are stored in CAB files in C:WindowsSysbckup, which is a hidden folder. Since you can?t start Windows 98, you?ll have to start the computer...
to MS-DOS, and then use extract.exe to extract system.ini from the most recent CAB file.
If you don't want to do this surgically, you can restore the most recent CAB file, which contains your registry and system.ini. To do that, type scanreg /restore at the MS-DOS command prompt.
Also, applications that write to system.ini will often make a backup copy of the file before changing it. Start the computer to MS-DOS, then look in C:WindowsSystem for system.bak, system.tmp, etc. If the file looks like your system.ini, restore it. Also, if you find multiple backup copies of system.ini, restore the latest version.
No matter how you restore system.ini, you're going to lose any changes that were made to the file since the backup.
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