DELETE command not supported in Windows 98

October 16, 2010 at 12:24:07
Specs: Windows 98
I tried the DELETE SYSTEM.INI command so as to delete the SYSTEM.INI file and recreate but it said Bad command or file name. What do I do? Note: I do not have a CD drive.

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October 16, 2010 at 14:03:16
"Bad command or file name" means that what you typed meant nothing to the computer. Assuming that you wanted to delete system.ini from DOS, the command is:

del c:\windows\system.ini

I'm not sure whether it will recreate itself so the risk is up to you. Working on a machine with no Windows CD is not a good idea. You should be able to get a cheap one from eBay.

What is the problem you are trying to fix?

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October 16, 2010 at 19:46:12
Yeah, you don't really want to delete that file unless it's corrupted and in that case you'd replace it with a back up.

Scanreg creates a backup of that file along with the registry and win.ini. Booting to command prompt via F8 or exiting windows and choosing 'restart in msdos mode' will allow you to run SCANREG/RESTORE from the prompt and replace those files with an older version you choose.

Or you can run something like winzip and open one of the RB00?.cab files in the windows\sysbckup folder. You can then extract just system.ini and copy it over the one you're having problems with.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat

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