First post, by eL_PuSHeR
Well, after seeing people asking ZILLIONS OF TIMES the same question over and over again, I have decided to make a sticky here, although I positively know that most people doesn't even bother to SEARCH THE FORUMS before asking for help.
Anyway, let's stop complaining...... 😁
For those of you who are getting any error message under Windows XP (and maybe other NT's based OSes - don't know for sure) that 16-bit subsystem applications may fail, it's commonly due to one of these reasons....
1) It is rumored or reported that some Windows Updates can render these two files useless.
2) Some malicious malware/spyware/viruses are also reported to damage these two files. If you haven't updated anything in a while, I should check the system integrity. If you regularly surf the internet it is GREATLY ADVISABLE to have a firewall activated and an up-to-date antivirus. edit: And for the love of god, don't use Internet Explorer!
On both cases, the reason is that AUTOEXEC.NT and CONFIG.NT (two text files located inside WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 folder) are overwritten or damaged and the system cannot use them anymore. Fortunately, there should be copies stored in the WINDOWS\REPAIR folder which allow us to copy them over the damaged ones. After that, reboot system, just to be on the safe side.
I advise to COMPLETELY DISABLE System Restore before attempting to repair/cleaning a system. It is a known fact that some viruses may get stuck "on purpose" there, making disinfection impossible. After thorough checking, re-enable System Restore again.
After checking that your system is running fine again (by executing the offending application that was giving the error message earlier (could even be DOSBox executable) do a RESTORE POINT. It could save you from a lot of headaches.
Good luck and happy gaming. 😎
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