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So you need to download a Windows file

When I check my site log, I frequently see many individuals searching for a Windows file to download, such as Vserver.vxd or Kbddv.kbd. They may have no idea that the file is available for them right on their own hard drive. These files are normally standard Windows files. What I mean by standard, is that they are available on your Windows CD or your hard drive; they are the Windows installation files.

If you have a Windows CD you will probably have the Windows installation files on your hard drive as well.

If you have a Restore CD, then you will most likely have the Windows installation files on your hard drive as well. The computer manufacturer will need to put a set of them on the hard drive so you can add and remove optional Windows software with the Add/Remove Applet in the Control Panel.

You may not find the file you want by searching for it, because it may be inside a cabinet file (*.cab), if you have Windows 9x or ME or if you have Windows 2000, 2003 or XP the file is going to be compressed. A compressed file normally has a underscore ( _ ) in place of the last character of the file extension, such as Kbddv.kb_

If you have Windows 9x or ME you will find cabinet files on your hard drive, normally in a folder named Cabs or Install. Look in the Windows folder for a folder named Options. You will be looking for C:\Windows\Options\Cabs or Install. If you use the Windows CD you will find the cabinet files in a folder named Win95 or Win9x or something similar to that. To help you locate the folder, do a search for Precopy1.cab or Xmsmmgr.exe. Once you have located the folder, look at the contents of the folder using the Windows Explorer. You may find the file you are looking for there, if you do not find it you can use QikFix to extract the desired file. To have QikFix extract the file for you, start QikFix and select the "Verify System Files" tab. then click on "Extract a File". Enter the path you found your cabinet files in, i.e. C:\Windows\Options\Install\ in the top window. Enter the file name you want extracted, i.e. Kbddv.kbd. In the lower window enter the path you want the file extracted to i.e.C:\Windows\System\  .

Be sure to reboot after installing the file.

If you have Windows 2000, 2003 or XP you will find a folder named I386, located either in the Windows folder, i.e. C:\Windows\I386 or as a top level folder, such as C:\I386. Look at the contents of the folder, if you find the file without an underscore (i.e. Kbddv.kbd) you may copy the file to your desired location. If you find the file and it has an underscore (i.e. Kbddv.kb_) you need to expand the file using System Sentry . Start System Sentry, select the "Inflate a File" tab. Click on "File to Inflate" and locate the desired file. Now click on "Destination Folder" and locate the folder you want the file to go to. Now check that System Sentry has changed the under score with the correct letter. If System Sentry is displaying Kbddv.kbb instead of Kbddv.kbd, change the last letter to the correct letter and then click on "Inflate the File".

Be sure to reboot after installing the file.


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