SYSTEM.INI


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SYSTEM.INI

(SYStem INItialization) An early Windows 3.x configuration file that described the current computer system environment. Introduced in Windows 3.0, SYSTEM.INI was read when Windows was loaded to obtain information about the drivers, memory management and other hardware details. It is also read in subsequent Windows versions for compatibility.

When a user or application changed settings, Windows updated SYSTEM.INI; however, the file could also be edited with any text editor just like WIN.INI, another major configuration file in early Windows. See WIN.INI, INI file and Registry.
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The best solution is to try to find the reference to the file in System.ini or Win.ini and remove that line, since the file apparently isn't needed.
The actual files backed up are Windows system registry and settings, Windows default user registry and settings, Windows logged in user registry and settings, Win.ini, System.ini, Desktop icons/links, Start Menu icons and links, Autoexec.bat, Config.sys, Control.ini and Protocol.ini.
If you only want to run one Windows program, you can edit the SYSTEM.INI file to change the SHELL=PROGMAN.INI line.

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