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windows 95 boot up problem maybe a Lab E

By lori_underwood ·
We run a lab of about 30 win95 machines. each day when we boot up a different machine will decide not to present the desktop. basically the wallpaper comes up but there are no icons and no toolbar. i think it might have something to do with a software package that we tried called Altiris lab expert but can't say for sure. we have not been able to completely uninstall the Altiris stuff and are starting to think that the only option will be to **** away each machine and start from scratch. does anyone have any ideas why we are not getting our desktops on boot up? or has anyone had any experience with the Lab Expert software (particularly the bootworks for workstations)? All of these machines run off an NT 4 server that is under the bigger Novell network that the staff machines run on. I can think of a thousand reasons why things could mess up under the combination of network protocols but this problem has us both stumped. I would appreciate any help we can get. We are a small lab but we are open t

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by Al Hedstrom In reply to windows 95 boot up proble ...

I can't definitively point at a single solution because the possibilities go a long way. But uninstalling an application (as you probably know) often does not completely remove all of its components, especially the registry entries.

There are anumber of third-party utilities that can take care of this problem, including Norton Utilities and Cleansweep. I used them both and highly recommended either one.

Good luck.

Al Hedstrom

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by resmith In reply to windows 95 boot up proble ...

This is not really an answer, but a suggestion. Helped run a lab at the University. Each night each computer in the lab, about 30 were reinstalled. It made life so much easier. We used Ghost and each night Ghost would send the image from the server to each lab machine. In the morning everything was like new again.

Something to think about in the future. Really saves a lot of configuration and problem solving time.

By the time you spend isolating problems you could create some ghost images of newly created machines.

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by avidetto In reply to windows 95 boot up proble ...

Try doing a registry search for all mention of your applicaton, delete each one. This should help you get around this. Then I too suggest you use ghost for more reasons than one. First, you can make a great baseline mahine, this creates a .gho file(baseline.gho)To do tihs with ghost take this image exactly how you want it, to include all applications you need. Make sure it is not on the domain, if you use one, then drop the ip and boot to a floppy with ghost. The command is Ghost.exe, chooseto send image to file & select location. This will make your baseline image. Note: You must run Microsoft's Sid! (ghost explorer) on the systems, the newest NT systems (to include 2000) use the Sid not just the computer name to id the system via network, sid must be changed in the reg. Create a boot disk, then you can baseline the system when ever you want (about 30 min on a 10, 5- 10 on a 100 network.) Back to the question at hand. I suggest you take it one step farther if you already have amachine without the

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