Win ME problem solver
- FYI for ME users
Thousands of .inf Files!
By Neil J. Rubenking
I was having trouble installing new programs, including Windows Critical Updates, on my Windows Me system. Finally, I got an error message about file creation in the C:\Windows\Inf folder. When I looked, I found 40,000 files in the folder. 37,000 were of zero length with filenames like OEM######.inf.
After spending 2 hours deleting these mysterious files, I was able to install all the software and updates that had been failing. What I want to know is, where did all these .inf files come from? How do I prevent a recurrence? Did I break anything by deleting them?
This overflow is caused by a bug in Windows Me and exacerbated by an interaction with Norton System Doctor. In addition to the thousands of 0-byte .inf files, you may also find 0-byte .cpy files. Both Microsoft and Symantec recommend that you delete the offending files; this won't hurt or damage your system.
Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q281967, "Computer Stops Responding (Hangs) During Setup, Installing Updates, or Adding New Hardware," describes in detail the proper steps for deleting those files. A link to a fix for the problem is also there.
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