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Important This article contains information that shows you how to help lower security settings or how to turn off security features on a computer. You can make these changes to work around a specific problem. Before you make these changes, we recommend that you evaluate the risks that are associated with implementing this workaround in your particular environment. If you implement this workaround, take any appropriate additional steps to help protect your system.
When you start Windows, you may receive the following error message on a blue screen:
VFAT Device Initialization Failed
A device or resource required by VFAT is not present or is unavailable. VFAT cannot continue loading.
This problem can occur under any one of the following conditions:
Warning This workaround may make your computer or your network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.
Note An antivirus program is designed to help protect your computer from viruses. You must not download or open files from sources that you do not trust, visit Web sites that you do not trust, or open e-mail attachments when your antivirus program is disabled.
For additional information about computer viruses, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
129972To resolve the problem, use one of the following methods.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/129972/ )Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery
Ifshlp.sys File Missing from Windows FolderIf the Ifshlp.sys file is missing from the Windows folder, extract a new copy of the file from your original Windows floppy disks or CD-ROM to the Windows folder.
For information about how to use the Extract tool, view the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/129605/EN-US/ )How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files
The Config.sys File Points to a Previous Version of the Ifshlp.sys File
Ifshlp.sys Statement Was Deleted from the Config.sys File After You Reinstalled WindowsWhen you reinstall Windows, the Ifshlp.sys statement is deleted from the Config.sys file and it is not replaced. To add the Ifshlp.sys statement to the Config.sys file:
Incorrect [Paths] Section in the Msdos.sys File
Winboot.ini File Present in the Root Folder of the Boot Drive
There Is a "maxfilecache = 4096" Line in the System.ini FileUse any text editor (such as Notepad) to open the System.ini file in the Windows folder. Type a semicolon (;) at the beginning of the "maxfilecache = 4096" line, save the file, close the file, and then restart your computer.
For additional information about how to determine which folder Windows is installed in, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305792/EN-US/ )How to Determine Which Folder Windows Is Installed In