Getting A Quick Start To The System Configuration Utility (SCU)
If you want a quicker way to access the System Configuration Utility (SCU), follow these instructions:
- Go to the Start button, select Run.
- In the command line box, type: msconfig.
- Then click the OK button.
This will bring up the SCU that offers several tabs:
- General: This gives you different startup options that can be useful in troubleshooting software applications. This tab further provides buttons that can be used to create backups of your SCU files. The Advanced button offers additional configuration options but be careful on how you use these options or you could make your system unstable.
- Config.sys: Provides configuration information that can be changed if you have a config.sys file. There may not be any data here unless you have a legacy device installed.
- Autoexec.bat: This file is used in DOS to set path and environment variables or to run applications. Windows 95/98 still use this file.
- System.ini: Provides your configurations for Windows, initially used by earlier versions of Windows through Windows for Workgroups v3.11, but still recognized by Windows 95/98 today.
- Wini.ini: The Windows initialization file for earlier versions of Windows but still recognized and used by Windows 95/98. However for the most part, the Windows Registry now takes the place of the System.ini and Win.ini files.
- Startup: This tab lets you control what applications run when the operating system is loaded.
The SCU provides information that can be useful to yourself or technical representative when working through system or software problems, especially when working with legacy hardware and software components.
This tip comes from Valerie Ryan.
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Date of last revision: 31 July 2001.