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Error Starting Program, file expects a newer version of Windows


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#1 Aspen2

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 02:59 PM

Hi, I'm new to the forum and this is my first post.

PC Specs: HP Pavilion WIN98 SE 4.10.2222A, 384 MB RAM

I recently got my old WIN98 running again after I reinstalled the operating system. I'm sure the system is infected, but I am unable to run any virus scans because I get an error message that system performed an illegal operation and will close.

I've tried Windows Update and get error (0x80072F89). Then I tried to install Spotmau's Powersuite 2010 in hopes of straightening out my system, but I get "Error Starting Program, the C:\Program Files\Spotmau\Spotmau.exe file expects a newer version of Windows. Upgrade your Windows version". Then a second error message pops up saying "C:\Program Files\Spotmau\Spotmau.exe. A device attached to the system is not functioning" I even went to softwarepatch.com to download Driver Detective, but get error msg it performed an illegal operation and closes.

I was able to use HJT to do a system scan and have pasted a copy of the log below. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:12:43 PM, on 8/12/10
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v5.00 (5.00.2614.3500)
Boot mode: Normal

EDIT: removed mis posted HJT log

Edited by boopme, 12 August 2010 - 08:45 PM.


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#2 MrBruce1959

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 03:19 PM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

Sorry to say that most of the support for the FAT 32 operating system Windows 98 has been discontinued.

There are some older programs out there that may work with the Windows 98 Kernel, but those programs may not be secure to use and pose a risk.

I went through the same issues with Windows ME when I tried installing Norton Anti-virus 2008, it would not install on that OS, I was left with no choice but to upgrade to Windows XP in the FAT 32 configuration, because that had the updated Kernel Norton would run on.

If anyone knows of any secure programs that are worth trying I am sure they will post a link, but be advised, the Windows 98 SE OS no longer has support from Microsoft to patch security vulnerabilities.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 04:49 PM

Hi Mr Bruce,

Thank you for the warm welcome and advice. I knew it wasn't going to be easy trying to get help with a system this old and no longer supported, but I thought I'd give it a try. I'll continue to do some searching to see what I can find.

Best wishes to you with your studies.


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Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:51 AM

Hi Mr Bruce,

Thank you for the warm welcome and advice. I knew it wasn't going to be easy trying to get help with a system this old and no longer supported, but I thought I'd give it a try. I'll continue to do some searching to see what I can find.

Best wishes to you with your studies.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 08:32 AM

Welcome to BC Aspen.

PC Specs: HP Pavilion WIN98 SE 4.10.2222A, 384 MB RAM

Well your memory appears to be ok.

I've tried Windows Update and get error (0x80072F89). Then I tried to install Spotmau's Powersuite 2010 in hopes of straightening out my system, but I get "Error Starting Program, the C:\Program Files\Spotmau\Spotmau.exe file expects a newer version of Windows. Upgrade your Windows version". Then a second error message pops up saying "C:\Program Files\Spotmau\Spotmau.exe.

Windows 98 have never done any useful updates from M$ directly.

I've never heard of Spotmau. Googling only brings up Spotmau Power Suite. That doesn't actually show any system spec only is says

Boot Up Windows 98/ME/2K/2003/XP/NT/Vista/7

RAPIDLY Rescue Windows 98/ME/2K/2003/XP/NT/Vista/7

Why do you need this software running? :thumbsup:

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