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WHY VERIFY SHOULD BE TURNED ON: This is the second of the two most important things that you can do to help ensure that your payroll files will not become scrambled by the operating system (after turning off Write-Behind Caching). The VERIFY is a control which turns the system's built-in disk error detection and automatic correction ON. If VERIFY is OFF, your system cannot detect disk write errors and will thus make no attempt to correct them: you will simply be out of luck when they occur. If VERIFY is ON, your system will automatically check every disk write operation to make sure it was successful.


1. Right click the start button and select (left click) "Explore".

2. The resulting window is comprised mainly of two sub windows. The window on the right displays a list of files and folders (Windows 95 calls them folders, the rest of us call them subdirectories). The sub window on the left displays a "tree" or outline view of all of the directories and disk drives on your system. On the right side of the left window (confused yet?) is a vertical scroll bar. By moving this bar you can change to the portion of the system's file system that you want to see. You move the slider by placing the pointer (cursor) over the button on the slider. You then press the left mouse button and hold it in the down position. You can then move then slider up or down by moving the mouse up or down. The view in the window will automatically change as you move the slider. When you have the view that you want, release the left mouse button.

3. Move the left window slider all of the way to the top of the window. Then release the left mouse button. Notice that the display in the window changes. Look for the line that has a picture that looks like a small disk drive. Specifically look for the line that is marked as the C drive (it probably looks like this [c:] ). Note that there is also a small box to the left of the drive icon. It will have wither a "+" or "-" sign in it. Left click on the "C" drive icon. The "{C}" portion of the display changes color (becomes highlighted) to show that it has been selected. Notice that the display in the right window has changed. It now lists all of the folders (sub directories) and files in the "root" directory of your "C" drive.

4. Using the slider bar for the right window, move the display up and down until the file "AUTOEXEC.BAT" appears in the window.

5. Place your pointer over the icon to the left of the "AUTOEXEC.BAT" and right click on it. A small menu will open. Select "Edit" by moving the cursor to the menu, place the cursor over the word "Edit" (it will become highlighted) and left click. This will open a new window with the contents of your "AUTOEXEC.BAT" file displayed in the "edit mode". Be very careful. Improperly made changes to this file can cause serious problems with your system.

6. Edit this file to add the line "VERIFY = ON". Do not type the quotation marks. Do not change any other lines in this file. This line should be located before any command which may cause information to be written to the disk: you can make it the first line of the file. Add the line as follows:

a. Using the mouse or the cursor (arrow) keys, move the cursor down past the last line in this file. the cursor should now be blinking on a blank line. Starting at the left edge of the line type:

"VERIFY = ON" (Do not type the quotation marks.)

b. From the menu bar at the top of the window select "File". From the resulting menu select "Save". Now select "File" again and select "Exit" from the resulting menu. This saves the file and closes the editor.

7. Close the "Exploring ..." window by left clicking on the "X" in the upper right hand corner. This will close the window.

8. In order for the change to take place you must now shut down and restart the entire system. Select "Start". Select "Shutdown" from the resulting menu. In the resulting window, select "Restart the computer?" by left clicking on the button to the left of that line. Now select "Yes" and the computer will shutdown and then restart.

VERIFY is now ON in your system.