View Full Version : WIN98 Continuous Updating

14-08-2002, 09:11 AM
Every time I boot my PC I get the message that Windows is updating something as if I have just installed some new software. - which I haven't.

How can I track down why it keeps doing this?

14-08-2002, 10:00 AM
Have you checked you Task Scheduler settings. Had the same thing happen to me when I first had computer installed and when I checked, the Task Scheduler was set to check at startup. Changed it to check once a week.


Elwin Way
14-08-2002, 10:18 AM
You mean the:

"Please wait while windows updates your configuration files..."

message? I'm getting that too, except my laptop will hang after that. A warm boot fixes it. Only happens on cold boots.

I'm currently investigating this and I'll get back to you.

15-08-2002, 11:37 AM
Yes - thats the message. Happens, as you say, at every cold start but doen't hang.


15-08-2002, 11:59 AM
It may have something to do with the registry keys
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\RunOnce and/or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\RunOnce not deleting their values. These keys are usually used to install new system files that cannot be overwritten during software installation.
You should only have a "(Default)" value with no data for these keys. Delete any others and see if it happens again - of course, the "back up your registry before tinkering" applies.

16-08-2002, 01:27 AM
Its possibly time to check your msconfig start up properties and untick anything not essential including automatic update programs Messenger has one inbuilt called Load QM

good site to check out what does what

16-08-2002, 01:20 PM
Thanks to all for the comments. Progress so far:

1. Checked task scheduler - all looks OK.
2. Have had LoadQM stopped for some time now.
3. Ran Poledit - RunOnce is empty but I'll check that it has a nul default.

I thought I might set up a small .BAT file with a pause in it, set RunOnce to pick it up, then see what happens if I then remove it.


16-08-2002, 10:38 PM
Install Zone alarm that may help you see what is happening

17-08-2002, 11:16 AM
Thanks to all for the advice. With the tips you provided and a rather lengthy hunt through the Microsoft Knowledge base I found Q221863 which pointed me to:


It turned out that an MSTS route I had installed left the INI file behind. This prompted WININIT to run at startup. I re-named the INI file and the problem went away.

The files are in C:\WINDOWS