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Anonymous
February 4, 2005 7:19:01 PM

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My Windows ME laptop will no longer start up. Powering up, I get to the
white Windows ME screen, but no farther. If i hit escape, a black screen
appears that says "Please wait while Setup updates your configuration files.
This may take a few minutes..." However, after 10-15 minutes, a line
appears "Windows could not upgrade the file %1 from %2 This keeps
repeating every 15 minutes or so. What do I do?
Anonymous
February 5, 2005 12:46:58 AM

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OEMXXX.inf files

Ever heard of Norton System Doctor shooting its users in both feet? If not
and using or having used System Doctor read on, if not ignore the rest of
this post.

Check your windows\inf folder (a hidden system folder and you will have to
enable the viewing of such files and folders in Explorer (Tools | Folder
Options | View and check "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide
protected operating system files") and look for large numbers of oem*.inf
files that are all 0 bytes in size. If you've got thousands of such files
this is the cause of your problem as you're probably at the limit of the
number of entries that can be entered in a FAT folder and therefore cannot
add
any inf file associated with the update.

Why has this happened? Did you perhaps forget to disable System Doctor
before
updating your system from the Windows Update site? If you don't delete
these
files some software and most hardware and driver installs will take a very
long time to complete if they complete at all.

For more details see the Symantec site:
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/nunt.nsf/docid/200...
and also MS KB Q281967 - "Computer Stops Responding (Hangs) During Setup,
Installing Updates, or Adding New Hardware"
(http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q281967). I would
strongly recommend that you contact Microsoft and mention Q281967 and also
Q301540 and ask for a copy of the new ifsmgr.vxd v4.90.3003. You will then
either be sent the file or told how and where to download a copy. There
should be no charge for this call other than for the cost of the phone call.
--
Mike Maltby 9/01/2002
------
KB 301540 - "CreateFile Improperly Returns ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS
if the Drive Is Locked and the File Did Not Exist"
(http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;301540)





--
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Help us help you: http://www.dts-L.org/goodpost.htm

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"jjjimmys" <jjjimmys@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> My Windows ME laptop will no longer start up. Powering up, I get to the
> white Windows ME screen, but no farther. If i hit escape, a black screen
> appears that says "Please wait while Setup updates your configuration
files.
> This may take a few minutes..." However, after 10-15 minutes, a line
> appears "Windows could not upgrade the file %1 from %2 This keeps
> repeating every 15 minutes or so. What do I do?
Anonymous
February 5, 2005 3:28:52 AM

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In case the issue started after an update or the addition of some other
software, this info (also from Mike Maltby, MS-MVP), may be of some
help.......

First boot to DOS using a floppy and check whether you have a WININIT.INI
file in your C:\WINDOWS folder. If present rename it to something like
wininit.old and try booting again. It is also probable that you will have
to
repeat the last software install or update that you made. See MS KB283069 -
"Error Message: (http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=283069).

If you can't find a wininit.ini file then I suspect your problem is due to
the
C:\_RESTORE\TEMP folder having around 64K files in it which is the limit
(2**16) for the number of files that can be located in a folder using the
FAT32 filing system. This can also lead to the "Cannot upgrade file %1 from
%2.." message when booting. I suggest you try deleting the _RESTORE folder
with the loss of any system restore checkpoints you might have (not that I
think they are now usable) and see if that solves the problem. [BTW do you
have any Symantec applications installed? I ask because LiveUpdate is
implicated in this problem.] Delete the folder as follows:
a) Boot to DOS using a floppy. Do NOT choose "Minimal Boot" from the menu
when booting from a floppy but rather choose "Start computer with (or
without)
CD-ROM support" otherwise the ATTRIB command will not be available.
b) At the DOS A:\> prompt, type:

ATTRIB -H -S -R C:\_RESTORE
REN C:\_RESTORE OLDREST

c) Remove the floppy
d) Reboot your PC

Another problem though is that the update you were doing was probably never
completed so your system may still be unusable. If however it does manage
to
boot then
e) Delete the folder C:\OLDREST
f) Check that an automatic system restore checkpoint was created.
g) Finally adjust the space allocated to the restore folder:
System | Performance | File System | Hard Disk and adjust the restore slider
to your preferred setting. A figure of 200MB is normally more than
adequate
for day to day use allowing perhaps a week of checkpoints to be available
although increasing this to perhaps 400MB for a few days during periods of
large installs such Microsoft Office is advisable.
--
Mike Maltby MS-MVP
mcmaltby@hotmail.com

=======================================
Heirloom, old and starting to hate the smell of latex

"Jack E Martinelli" <jemartin_DELETE@NO_SPAM_gis.net> wrote in message
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> OEMXXX.inf files
>
> Ever heard of Norton System Doctor shooting its users in both feet? If
not
> and using or having used System Doctor read on, if not ignore the rest of
> this post.
>
> Check your windows\inf folder (a hidden system folder and you will have to
> enable the viewing of such files and folders in Explorer (Tools | Folder
> Options | View and check "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide
> protected operating system files") and look for large numbers of oem*.inf
> files that are all 0 bytes in size. If you've got thousands of such files
> this is the cause of your problem as you're probably at the limit of the
> number of entries that can be entered in a FAT folder and therefore cannot
> add
> any inf file associated with the update.
>
> Why has this happened? Did you perhaps forget to disable System Doctor
> before
> updating your system from the Windows Update site? If you don't delete
> these
> files some software and most hardware and driver installs will take a very
> long time to complete if they complete at all.
>
> For more details see the Symantec site:
> http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/nunt.nsf/docid/200...
> and also MS KB Q281967 - "Computer Stops Responding (Hangs) During Setup,
> Installing Updates, or Adding New Hardware"
> (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q281967). I
would
> strongly recommend that you contact Microsoft and mention Q281967 and also
> Q301540 and ask for a copy of the new ifsmgr.vxd v4.90.3003. You will
then
> either be sent the file or told how and where to download a copy. There
> should be no charge for this call other than for the cost of the phone
call.
> --
> Mike Maltby 9/01/2002
> ------
> KB 301540 - "CreateFile Improperly Returns ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS
> if the Drive Is Locked and the File Did Not Exist"
> (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;301540)
>
>
>
>
>
> --
> Jack E. Martinelli 2002-05 MS MVP for Shell/User / DTS
> Help us help you: http://www.dts-L.org/goodpost.htm
>
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...
> Your cooperation is very appreciated.
> ------
> "jjjimmys" <jjjimmys@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:87777960-F98E-454B-AC7F-8F606CE74393@microsoft.com...
> > My Windows ME laptop will no longer start up. Powering up, I get to
the
> > white Windows ME screen, but no farther. If i hit escape, a black
screen
> > appears that says "Please wait while Setup updates your configuration
> files.
> > This may take a few minutes..." However, after 10-15 minutes, a line
> > appears "Windows could not upgrade the file %1 from %2 This keeps
> > repeating every 15 minutes or so. What do I do?
>
>
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Anonymous
February 6, 2005 4:25:58 AM

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>-----Original Message-----
>My Windows ME laptop will no longer start up. Powering
up, I get to the
>white Windows ME screen, but no farther. If i hit
escape, a black screen
>appears that says "Please wait while Setup updates your
configuration files.
>This may take a few minutes..." However, after 10-15
minutes, a line
>appears "Windows could not upgrade the file %1 from %
2 This keeps
>repeating every 15 minutes or so. What do I do?
>.
>Well Alot of people dont know that about once a year
Windows should be reinstalled!
Reinstalling Windows seems best, I am a computer repaiman,
install Windows in Partial install mode first, if that
doesnt work install Windows again in Full install Mode and
that should work.
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 12:46:29 PM

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<anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>My Windows ME laptop will no longer start up. Powering
> up, I get to the
>>white Windows ME screen, but no farther. If i hit
> escape, a black screen
>>appears that says "Please wait while Setup updates your
> configuration files.
>>This may take a few minutes..." However, after 10-15
> minutes, a line
>>appears "Windows could not upgrade the file %1 from %
> 2 This keeps
>>repeating every 15 minutes or so. What do I do?
>>.
>>Well Alot of people dont know that about once a year
> Windows should be reinstalled!
> Reinstalling Windows seems best, I am a computer repaiman,
> install Windows in Partial install mode first, if that
> doesnt work install Windows again in Full install Mode and
> that should work.

.....and that's the reason that you're a 'computer repairman'!
Reinstalling Windows is a LAST resort - and NOT necessary under most
circumstances.

Reinstalling the OS has at least two effects - both of which mean that
another reinstallation is more likely in the future.
1) if the reinstall is a clean one, then the user is forced to reinstall all
programs, and is likely to commit the same errors in doing so that he did
the first time, which created the apparent need for the reinstall
2) if the reinstall is an over-the-top one, then version soup is the likely
result - with effects that are entirely unpredictable, and the end-result is
most likely to be a clean install and loss of data

Neither teaches the user anything about the cause of the problem, and
possible prevention of recurrence

It would seem that you are more intent on repeat business for your repair
shop than on helping your customers understand their PC's.
It would also seem that you know very little about computers - please let me
know the company name so I can put it on my 'avoid' list! There is no such
thing as either a 'Partial Install' of Windows, or a 'Full install' -
although they may be terms that you have invented for whatever it is that
you purport to attempt to do to your clients' machines.



--
Noel Paton (MS-MVP 2002-2005, Windows)

Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
http://www.btinternet.com/~winnoel/millsrpch.htm
http://tinyurl.com/6oztj
February 6, 2005 3:34:19 PM

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ROFL!

As soon as I read *I am a computer repairman* I envisaged *Bicycle Repair
Man!*. I think the former is the more ludicrous!


Shane


"Noel Paton" <NoelDPspamless@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
news:o FXY3CDDFHA.3908@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:1df601c50c2d$de10c5f0$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>My Windows ME laptop will no longer start up. Powering
>> up, I get to the
>>>white Windows ME screen, but no farther. If i hit
>> escape, a black screen
>>>appears that says "Please wait while Setup updates your
>> configuration files.
>>>This may take a few minutes..." However, after 10-15
>> minutes, a line
>>>appears "Windows could not upgrade the file %1 from %
>> 2 This keeps
>>>repeating every 15 minutes or so. What do I do?
>>>.
>>>Well Alot of people dont know that about once a year
>> Windows should be reinstalled!
>> Reinstalling Windows seems best, I am a computer repaiman,
>> install Windows in Partial install mode first, if that
>> doesnt work install Windows again in Full install Mode and
>> that should work.
>
> ....and that's the reason that you're a 'computer repairman'!
> Reinstalling Windows is a LAST resort - and NOT necessary under most
> circumstances.
>
> Reinstalling the OS has at least two effects - both of which mean that
> another reinstallation is more likely in the future.
> 1) if the reinstall is a clean one, then the user is forced to reinstall
> all programs, and is likely to commit the same errors in doing so that he
> did the first time, which created the apparent need for the reinstall
> 2) if the reinstall is an over-the-top one, then version soup is the
> likely result - with effects that are entirely unpredictable, and the
> end-result is most likely to be a clean install and loss of data
>
> Neither teaches the user anything about the cause of the problem, and
> possible prevention of recurrence
>
> It would seem that you are more intent on repeat business for your repair
> shop than on helping your customers understand their PC's.
> It would also seem that you know very little about computers - please let
> me know the company name so I can put it on my 'avoid' list! There is no
> such thing as either a 'Partial Install' of Windows, or a 'Full install' -
> although they may be terms that you have invented for whatever it is that
> you purport to attempt to do to your clients' machines.
>
>
>
> --
> Noel Paton (MS-MVP 2002-2005, Windows)
>
> Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
> http://www.btinternet.com/~winnoel/millsrpch.htm
> http://tinyurl.com/6oztj
>
February 6, 2005 11:14:41 PM

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> Reinstalling Windows seems best, I am a computer repaiman,

Yeah, my arse you are!


Shane
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 11:14:42 PM

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Don't know about the rest of the world, but, Me has been on this machine
since the day it hit the shelves and has never been
're-installed'.......either "partially" or "full." Just refrain from
putting garbage on it........a clean machine is a happy machine.
Heirloom, old and clean

"Shane" <arthursixpence@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> > Reinstalling Windows seems best, I am a computer repaiman,
>
> Yeah, my arse you are!
>
>
> Shane
>
>
Anonymous
February 7, 2005 12:36:16 AM

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Hiya Heirloom where have you been hiding <g>
Joan

heirloom wrote:
> Don't know about the rest of the world, but, Me has been on this machine
> since the day it hit the shelves and has never been
> 're-installed'.......either "partially" or "full." Just refrain from
> putting garbage on it........a clean machine is a happy machine.
> Heirloom, old and clean
>
Anonymous
February 7, 2005 12:36:17 AM

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Not hiding, just painting........and painting.........and painting,
aaauuuurrrrgh! The smell of latex has softened my brain. Had to take a
break today....got up at 8:30a, had coffee, showered, ate breakfast and took
a 4 hour nap, checked some email and feeling tired again. Did I mention I
hate painting?
Heirloom, old and caulking is okay


"Joan Archer" <Joan@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> Hiya Heirloom where have you been hiding <g>
> Joan
>
> heirloom wrote:
> > Don't know about the rest of the world, but, Me has been on this machine
> > since the day it hit the shelves and has never been
> > 're-installed'.......either "partially" or "full." Just refrain from
> > putting garbage on it........a clean machine is a happy machine.
> > Heirloom, old and clean
> >
February 7, 2005 12:36:18 AM

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Yo Loon.......we need our master bedroom (incl. ceiling) done, plus the
entire exterior. You want to come up here for a week or two? But wait till
the snow and ice go away, grin. Latex only, please.

Ron loves refinishing furniture, but he hates painting. And tradespeople
won't return calls!! Hey....you two can work on the furniture together. He
has finished 5 pieces in the past 2 weeks.......all *primitive
Canadiana*.....which would seem quite New, not Primitive....to our UK
friends....only 200 years old. (G)

I also have a major leak in the roof......7 calls later and I finally got a
roofing company who is going to call back (want to take bets?).....plus I
need a new furnace......salesman in this case just dying to put me into
major debt. About $3500 each for roof and furnace. Sob.....and I wanted to
go back and visit England. Oh well.....next year.

Cheers....FIggs

"heirloom" <heirloom@nospamatall.com> wrote in message
news:eEYD$UJDFHA.3728@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> Not hiding, just painting........and painting.........and painting,
> aaauuuurrrrgh! The smell of latex has softened my brain. Had to take a
> break today....got up at 8:30a, had coffee, showered, ate breakfast and
took
> a 4 hour nap, checked some email and feeling tired again. Did I mention I
> hate painting?
> Heirloom, old and caulking is okay
>
>
> "Joan Archer" <Joan@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:%232BEjPJDFHA.1292@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> > Hiya Heirloom where have you been hiding <g>
> > Joan
> >
> > heirloom wrote:
> > > Don't know about the rest of the world, but, Me has been on this
machine
> > > since the day it hit the shelves and has never been
> > > 're-installed'.......either "partially" or "full." Just refrain from
> > > putting garbage on it........a clean machine is a happy machine.
> > > Heirloom, old and clean
> > >
>
>
Anonymous
February 7, 2005 12:51:59 AM

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<lol> I sympathise, it's not that long ago we did the same here
bedroom/hall/living room, it's a killer <g> just got the bathroom/tiles
to sort out now but don't know when <g>
Joan

heirloom wrote:
> Not hiding, just painting........and painting.........and painting,
> aaauuuurrrrgh! The smell of latex has softened my brain. Had to take a
> break today....got up at 8:30a, had coffee, showered, ate breakfast and took
> a 4 hour nap, checked some email and feeling tired again. Did I mention I
> hate painting?
> Heirloom, old and caulking is okay
>
>
Anonymous
February 9, 2005 1:42:02 PM

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Hike to an auto body repair supplies store and get a mask which absorbs
volatile chemicals, and the smell and headaches will disappear.
Very effective and not too expensive. The absorbant canisters are
replacable.

Volatile chemicals and the human brain do not belong together.
--
Jack E. Martinelli 2002-05 MS MVP for Shell/User / DTS
Help us help you: http://www.dts-L.org/goodpost.htm

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...
Your cooperation is very appreciated.
------
"heirloom" <heirloom@nospamatall.com> wrote in message
news:eEYD$UJDFHA.3728@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> Not hiding, just painting........and painting.........and painting,
> aaauuuurrrrgh! The smell of latex has softened my brain. Had to take a
> break today....got up at 8:30a, had coffee, showered, ate breakfast and
took
> a 4 hour nap, checked some email and feeling tired again. Did I mention I
> hate painting?
> Heirloom, old and caulking is okay
>
>
<snip>
!