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C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\vshinit.vxd problem

When I boot up, I get this message before Windows shows up: "Cannot find a file device that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application. The Wiodows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file but the device file no longer exits. If you deleted this file on purpose try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program. If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try uninstalling that application to replace the missing file.

C\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\vshinit.vxd

Press any key to continue"

When I do press a key, Windows opens after a short wait.

I had installed McAfee by AOL and have uninstalled it. I don't know what version it was.

Goggling vshinit.vxd, I find several posts asbout how to get rid of the above message, involving going into the registry.

Well, shucks, I just went back to google to remember how some of these solutions read, and I found the issue was recently dealt with in CNET forums. But the quesioner had already solved the problem so the solution does not appear.

Here, in case it is helpful, is one version of a solution, from http://forums.thetechguys.com/archive/index.php/t-1710.html :

"A. (On further questioning, it was learned that the questioner began having this problem after she had McAfee AntiVirus removed from her computer and Norton AntiVirus installed.)

Initially, bring up the System.ini screen by clicking Start, click Run and type in SYSEDIT. Click on System.ini file, scroll down the entries and if you find VSHINIT.VXD, type REM at front of the line.

Most likely you will have to go to the Registry, i.e., click on Start, click on Run and type in REGEDIT. You should now see the Registry window. You should then export the Registry by clicking on the File menu, give it a name, e.g., registry1.reg and export this file to your hard drive or to a floppy.
Next, click on the Edit menu; click Find and type in VSHINIT.VXD and search for it. At each find, delete the file then depress the F3 to continue the search. When no more new ones are found, exit the Registry. Restart the machine."

I have Windows 98SE, and IE6.0, and a number of wrinkles in my brow caused by computers.

grandpaw

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Grandpaw, This Should Help

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Yes, the file is a "remnant" from your previous McAfee installation. The procedure provided below should be simple for you to follow:

As long as you have uninstalled all McAfee Virus Scan programs from your computer, you should be able to remove all the registry remnants from your computer by running the McAfee clean up file from the link below. It works with Virus Scan 5.x, 6.x, and 7.x. (You'll need an "unzipper" program to unzip the download.) Click on the link to immediately start the download. Download it to your desktop, Unzip the file with an unzipper program, then double click on the "VirusScan.reg" file to run it. Restart the computer and the error message should be gone.

VirusScan.zip Download Link

Hope this helps.

Grif

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not sure

In reply to: Grandpaw, This Should Help

Grif, when I click on VirusScan.reg, I get a window asking if I want to add the info in C:\UNZIPPED\VIRUSSS~1\REG to the registry. Perhaps I ought to know to click "yes" but I'd prefer to get your input. Thanks, grandpaw

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I mean C:\UNZIPPED\VIRUSS~1\VIRUSS~1.REG

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I left out one VIRUSS~1. grandpaw

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(NT) (NT) Grandpaw, Select 'Yes', You Want To Change The Registry

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Now I should remove VirusScan.reg, right?

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In view of my track record, I'm skittish about doing such withoout an imprimatur. grandpaw

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(NT) (NT) Yep, After Running It, It's Good To Delete VirusScan.re

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(NT) (NT) If Things Are Running Right, Delete 'Backup.reg' Too

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Re: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\vshinit.vxd problem

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Question, CursorCowboy

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Something I should probably know but don't: I get to #3 and it says to backup the Vshinit key. I'm not sure what it means. Apparently, I do something before I do the deletion. Thanks, grandpaw

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Re: Question, CursorCowboy

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What is being stated that is if you delete the key, it is gone and the only way to recover it is either to use a valid restoration or should you have a mind to, click the key so it has focus and then click in the toolbar the word Registry, Export Registry File . ., and follow the prompts. Should you figure that the key should be returned, that file can be Merged simply by right-clicking and then selecting Merge from the context menu.

Suggested for your "[url=http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6618-0.html?forumID=6&threadID=33659&messageID=390640review as necessary.

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Grandpaw, How To Back Up The Registry

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For Win98 (Others are very similar):

Click on Start-Run. When the box opens type in "Regedit" (without the quotes). Click Ok. When the Registry Editor window opens, Click on Registry in the upper left corner of the window, choose "Export Registry File". When the next window opens, be sure of the location where you are saving it to and give the file a name like Backup. Click "Save". You now have a backup registry that can be double clicked and will replace the new one you?re going to make, IF you make any deletions you don't like.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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While someone, probably you, told me about this before,

In reply to: Grandpaw, How To Back Up The Registry

thanks for the reminder, because of which I backed up the registry before running VirusScan.reg. Though the backup turned out to be unnecessary in this case, it was good practice on what I should do if I have to deal with the registry.

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Voila! Click and it's gone; thanks to Bob and CursorCowboy

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Bob's suggestion seems a little easier so I did it and it worked fine. Now, that's something that doesn't happen to me very often. These small victories keep me in the fight. Thanks, grandpaw

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(NT) (NT) Grandpaw, Good Job and Glad We Could Help !

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