Microsoft KB Archive/107131
Article ID: 107131
Article Last Modified on 10/14/2003
- Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1
- Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11
This article was previously published under Q107131
You can use your original Microsoft Windows for Workgroups version 3.1 or 3.11 disks to create a new SYSTEM.INI file for your specific hardware and version of the network operating system.
Creating a new SYSTEM.INI file can be useful for troubleshooting or for replacing a damaged or deleted SYSTEM.INI file.
To create a new SYSTEM.INI file that does not contain references to third- party device drivers but that is configured for your specific hardware, do the following: 1. Rename the SYSTEM.INI file to SYSTEM.BKP. 2. Expand the file SYSTEM.SR_ from the original Windows for Workgroups 3.1 or 3.11 disks to your Windows directory (usually C:\WINDOWS) by typing the following at the MS-DOS command prompt and pressing ENTER: c:\windows\expand a:system.sr_ c:\windows\system.ini NOTE: For Windows for Workgroups 3.1, this file is located on Disk 3 for both the 1.44-megabyte (MB) 3.5-inch and 1.2-MB 5.25-inch disk sets. For Windows for Workgroups 3.11, this file is located on Disk 2 for both the 1.44-MB 3.5-inch and 1.2-MB 5.25-inch disk sets. 3. Change to the Windows for Workgroups drive and then change to the Windows directory. For example, at the MS-DOS command prompt, type the following, pressing ENTER after each line: c: cd \windows 4. To start the MS-DOS portion of Windows for Workgroups Setup, type "setup" (without the quotation marks) at the MS-DOS command prompt. 5. The options are either blank or contain some incorrect defaults similar to the following: Keyboard: keyboard.typ Codepage: woafont.fon Select the correct hardware options for your system. 6. Accept the changes. NOTE: When you accept the changes, you are given the option to have Setup copy new drivers. 7. Open the new SYSTEM.INI file in a text editor, such as MS-DOS 6.0 or 6.2 Editor. Make the following changes to the SYSTEM.INI file: - Add PROGMAN.EXE to the SHELL= line in the [boot] section. - Remove or remark out the TASKMAN.EXE= line in the [boot] section. - Add the following NETWORK.DRV= line to the [boot] section: [boot] Network.drv=wfwnet.drv - For Windows for Workgroups 3.1, change the network= line in the [386Enh] section to the following: [386Enh] network=vnetbios.386,vnetsup.386,vredir.386,vserver.386, vbrowse.386,vwc.386 - For Windows for Workgroups 3.11, change the network= line in the [386Enh] section to the following: [386Enh] network=*vnetbios,vnetsup.386,vredir.386,vserver.386,*vwc NOTE: The network= setting in the [386Enh] section of the SYSTEM.INI file should be on one line and should not contain spaces or wrapping around the second line. - To enable 32-bit disk access, add the following lines to the [386Enh] section: 32BitDiskAccess=<Boolean> device=*int13 device=*wdctrl NOTE: To enable 32-bit disk access, replace <Boolean> with "True" (without the quotation marks). If you do not want 32-bit disk access enabled, replace <Boolean> with "False" (without the quotation marks). For more information about 32-bit disk access, see Appendix D in the Windows Resource Kit, or query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Windows and 3.1 and 32-bit and disk and access 8. Start Windows for Workgroups without attempting to load any network drivers: - To start Windows for Workgroups 3.1 in standard mode, type the following at the MS-DOS command prompt: win /s NOTE: Standard mode is not accessible in Windows for Workgroups 3.11. - For Windows for Workgroups 3.11, type the following at the MS-DOS command prompt: win /n 9. In the Main group, choose Control Panel and then choose the Network icon. For Windows for Workgroups 3.11, open the SYSTEM.INI file in a text editor, such as Notepad. 10. Add the workgroup and computer names. For Windows for Workgroups 3.11, add the ComputerName= and Workgroup= settings in the [Network] section. 11. In Windows for Workgroups 3.1, do the following: - Choose the Adapters button. In Windows for Workgroups 3.11, do the following: - Choose the Network Setup icon in the Network group, then choose the Drivers button. 12. Add the network interface card (NIC). NOTE: You may need to first remove and then reinstall the NIC driver. 13. When Windows prompts you to restart the computer, choose the Continue button. 14. Exit Windows and restart Windows in 386 enhanced mode.
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