Fixing the troubleshoot configuration errors that usually appear on your system is not quite a difficult task for the advanced computer users.  However, for novice users, the task may seem a bit difficult without the help of proper steps. Below is a list of steps that you can follow using the System Configuration Utility available in the Windows XP system for correcting the troubleshooting configuration errors. However, when using this particular utility, you have the choice to remove certain issues which are not essential for your applications. Removing these errors will simply reduce the possibilities of typing errors while using the text editors such as notepad, etc.

In order to use this System Configuration Utility, you need to login as an Administrators group member or as an administrator itself. While using the utility from the administration sector, you need to easily change or reset the settings in order to include the preferences for the given settings and files.

  • Win.ini file
  • System.ini file
  • Boot.ini file
  • Programs which will load during the system’s startup procedure
  • International settings
  • Environment settings

There are two methods that you can follow for correcting your troubleshooting configuration issues.

Procedure 1: Diagnostic ad Selection startup mode

The Diagnostic Startup process

This method enables the Windows system to verify the device drivers and softwares for loading when you start the Windows system. This method temporarily disables all the Microsoft services such as Error Reporting, Event logging, Networking, and Plug and play.

In order to perform this initial diagnostic startup process, follow the given steps:

  1. Click Start and then Run. Type msconfig and finally click OK.
  2. Now, click Diagnostic Startup on the General tab. Click OK.
  3. Simply restart your computer.

Use the Selective startup mode incase the problem reoccurs again.

Selective Startup

This process helps you select the settings and files which you wish to load into your computer, every time it restarts. Now, select the following options:

  • Process Win.ini file
  • Process System.ini File
  • Load Startup Items
  • Load System Services

In order to start the selective startup process, follow the given steps:

  1. Click Start and then Run. Type msconfig and finally click OK.
  2. Click onto the Selective Startup, on the general tab.
  3. Clear all the available settings and click OK.
  4. Restart the computer.
  5. If the problem persists, repeat process from step 1 to 5.

Changing individual file settings

If you are aware of the unique settings available for every configuration file then you should select all the individual settings yourself for System Configuration Utility. Follow the steps below in order to prevent the individual items in the system configuration file from being loaded when you start your computer.

  1. Click Start and then Run. Type msconfig and finally click OK.
  2. Click on a tab: System.ini, Win.ini, Boot.ini, Services, or Startup.
  3. Now clear all the available settings.
  4. Click on OK and restart your computer.
  5. Repeat the processes from step 1 to 4, unless you locate the error.

Extracting a file manually

In order to fix up an affected file, you need to extract all Windows file individually from the given CAB files. Perform the following steps for extracting the files:

  1. Click Start and then Run. Type msconfig and finally click OK.
  2. Now click Expand File in the General tab.
  3. Now within the File to restore box, enter the file name you wish to restore.
  4. Type the path for Windows XP .cab file within the Restore from box for the file that you wish to restore. Else, simply click onto the Browse From link and locate the needed Windows XP .cab file.
  5. Type the selected path for the folder that you wish to extract into the Save File in box. OR simply click onto the Browse To button for locating the desired folder.
  6. Now click on Expand.
  7. Click OK in the given System Configuration Utility. In case you are prompted by the system to restart your computer, then simply click on Restart.

Returning back to Normal Startup

  1. Click Start and then Run. Type msconfig and finally click OK.
  2. Now click on Normal startup in the given General tab.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Finally, Restart the computer.

Procedure 2: System Restore

Follow the given points for your system restoration:

  1. Click Start and then Run. Type msconfig and finally click OK.
  2. Click on Launch System Restore in the General tab.
  3. Now select the Restore my computer to an earlier time option. Click Next.
  4. The calendar dates marked in bold are restore points. So, click on the recent dates in order to view the restoration information.
  5. Now select the installation restore point or a system check point. Click Next.
  6. Shut down the other programs.
  7. Start system restore. Click Next.
  8. With this, your computer restarts.
  9. Until the problem gets fixed, repeat the steps from 1 to 8.