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Using Windows XP MSCONFIG

The Windows XP utility Msconfig (Microsoft Configuration) is useful for configuring various OS elements:

Startup type (e.g., which drivers are loaded, whether system.ini/win.ini are parsed) 

Which parts of system.ini are used 

Which parts of win.ini are used 

Which commands run at start-up 

Which services start 

boot.ini options

With the boot.ini option, you can check the current entries, specify additional options, and configure the timeout.

  1. Start Msconfig (Start, Run, msconfig.exe). 
  2. Select the BOOT.INI tab. 
  3. The dialog box displays the current Operating System. 
  4. Click Check All Boot Paths to go through all the entries and ensure that they relate to a true installation. 
  5. If you select an actual installation, you can then set the various boot options, such as basevideo and SOS. 
  6. Once finished, click OK

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