Re: What files does Windows 95 check when it boots up ?

Brad Albrecht ( (no email) )
Sun, 21 Dec 1997 17:50:05 -0800

You can close the "blue sky" windows splash screen prematurely by hitting
the escape button as soon as it shows. It is only there so that MS can hide
the fact that the Win95 OS really starts with a command prompt. With it
disabled, you can see what the computer is loading on startup. Try getting
rid of the autoexec.bat and config.sys since Win95 does not need them to
boot. They are only there for backwards compatibility.

Back to your original question.. Aside from Autoexec.bat and Config.sys,
Win95 first loads msdos.sys. Although it is a .sys file, it is really a
text file. Messing up this file can make your system inoperable. If you
ever get to sit down at this machine, you might want to set bootGUI=0 in
msdos.sys and see what scrolls across the screen on bootup.

Last of all, if there is only one flicker, it may be that the frequency is
changing from the default to something different when the machine switches
from command mode to GUI mode. One example would be if you changed the
screen size of the desktop to 600x800, etc..

My question: Why don't you do them a favor and tell them to have someone
look at it if it bothers them so much?

Brad Albrecht
Computer Innovations Online
Skagit Valleys' Premier Internet Service Provider

-----Original Message-----
From: Danny Sinang <>
To: <>
Date: Sunday, December 21, 1997 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: What files does Windows 95 check when it boots up ?

>> When you say "flickers," do you mean it flashes back and forth a bit? Or
>> are you referring to flicker as in slow (56Hz) refresh rate? I've seen
>> some boxes do a little flashing back and forth between dos-like boot up
>> screens and then back to the 95 blue sky.
>I've never seen it with my own eyes. It's just been described over the
>phone. I suspect it's the flashing between dos-like boot up screens and the
>95 blue sky. I've been able to lessen them by tinkering with autoexec.bat
>and config.sys. I'mm down to just one flicker now.
>Personally, I don't mind the flicker. But the user insists that it wasn't
>like that before her little daughter turned off the PC without shutting it
>down properly. Any ideas on what this might have done to her system ?
>She also took notice of other computers as they booted up and didn't see
>any flicker.
>Now, if this last flicker is caused by the refresh rate, how do I get it
>back to "normal" - meaning, no flickers ?
>- Danny
>> Windows(95) checks win.ini and system.ini during startup too.
>> HTH
>> Rk
>> At 02:21 AM 12/22/97 -0000, you wrote:
>> >Hi.
>> >
>> >Aside from Autoexec.bat abd Config.sys, what other "setup" files does
>> >Windows 95 look into when it boots up ? Which of these cause flickers on
>> >the screen after the Windows 95 blue-sky screen ( and before the network
>> >password prompt ?
>> >
>> >Danny Sinang
>> >President, Uplink Technologies, Inc.
>> >
>> >
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