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Error Message: Error Loading. You Must Reinstall Windows.


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 95


When you start your computer, you may receive the following error message:

Error loading. You must reinstall Windows.


This error message can occur if the "shell=" line in the System.ini file is missing the reference to the Explorer.exe file.


To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Use any text editor (such as Notepad) to open the System.ini file in the Windows folder.
  2. Modify the "shell=" line so that it reads:


  3. Save and then close the System.ini file, and then restart Windows 95.

Keywords : kbenv kberrmsg win95
Issue type :
Technology : kbWin95search kbWin95

Last Reviewed: December 15, 2000
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