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"Invalid path" message when booting


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#1 lti

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 01:00 PM

On my Gateway Solo 2500 laptop, I receive the following message just before the desktop appears:
C:\>rmdir C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\LASERJ~1\UNINST~1\2200
Invalid path, not directory, or directory not empty

I don't know what is causing the message. The autoexec.bat file is empty, and there is nothing in the Startup tab of msconfig that could cause this message to appear. This message has appeared since the computer was given to me.

Also, there are many programs listed in Add/Remove Programs that aren't installed on this computer. It seems that the previous owner simply deleted the executable files for these programs instead of uninstalling them properly. Is there any way that I can remove the remnants of these programs?

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 01:36 PM

First what OS is this?

Windows 9x/ME does not contain msconfig

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 02:20 PM

This computer is running Windows 98SE, and it does have msconfig.

Also, both of the problems I noted in the first post seem to be related since this message is referencing a missing directory and many programs were not properly uninstalled. I would like to get the message to disappear and remove the remnants of old programs that no longer exist.

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 02:28 PM

Wow, its been a while since I have used Windows 98. Can you copy and paste your autoexec.bat in your next post if you can?

Also start up sysedit via Start then Run post the contents of system.ini, win.ini?

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 04:04 PM

autoexec.bat:
@ECHO OFF

system.ini:
[boot]
oemfonts.fon=vgaoem.fon
shell=Explorer.exe
system.drv=system.drv
drivers=mmsystem.dll power.drv
user.exe=user.exe
gdi.exe=gdi.exe
sound.drv=mmsound.drv
dibeng.drv=dibeng.dll
comm.drv=comm.drv
mouse.drv=lmouse.drv
keyboard.drv=keyboard.drv
*DisplayFallback=0
fonts.fon=vgasys.fon
fixedfon.fon=vgafix.fon
386Grabber=vgafull.3gr
display.drv=pnpdrvr.drv
SCRNSAVE.EXE=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\FLYING~2.SCR

[keyboard]
keyboard.dll=
oemansi.bin=
subtype=
type=4

[boot.description]
system.drv=Standard PC
keyboard.typ=Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
mouse.drv=Logitech
aspect=100,96,96
display.drv=NeoMagic MagicGraph 128XD

[386Enh]
ebios=*ebios
woafont=dosapp.fon
mouse=*vmouse
device=*dynapage
device=*vcd
device=*vpd
device=*int13
device=*enable
keyboard=*vkd
display=*vdd,*vflatd
device=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM/wcsccdrv.386
WCSCMaxPorts=8
WCSCInBufLen=2048
WCSCOutBufLen=2048
WCSCInBufHigh=1984
WCSCInBufLow=250
WPSLPT1=0

[NonWindowsApp]
TTInitialSizes=4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 22

[power.drv]

[drivers]
wavemapper=*.drv
VPM=NMGCVPM.DRV
MSACM.imaadpcm=*.acm
MSACM.msadpcm=*.acm
wave=mmsystem.dll
midi=mmsystem.dll

[iccvid.drv]

[mciseq.drv]

[mci]
cdaudio=mcicda.drv
sequencer=mciseq.drv
waveaudio=mciwave.drv
avivideo=mciavi.drv
videodisc=mcipionr.drv
vcr=mcivisca.drv
MPEGVideo=mciqtz.drv
LiveAudioFile=mcilma.dll
MPEGVideo2=mciqtz.drv

[vcache]

[Password Lists]
DEFAULT=C:\WINDOWS\DEFAULT.PWL
MIKE GRAYBILL, TMMI=C:\WINDOWS\MIKEGRAY.PWL
MIKEG=C:\WINDOWS\MIKEG.PWL
GRAYBILL=C:\WINDOWS\GRAYBILL.PWL
VOLK=C:\WINDOWS\VOLK.PWL
DVOLK=C:\WINDOWS\DVOLK.PWL
QUENTIN VOLK=C:\WINDOWS\QUENTINV.PWL
KELSEY VOLK=C:\WINDOWS\KELSEYVO.PWL
NITNEUQ=C:\WINDOWS\NITNEUQ.PWL
KELSEY=C:\WINDOWS\KELSEY.PWL
KELSEY J=C:\WINDOWS\KELSEYJ.PWL
LEE ISMAY=C:\WINDOWS\LEEISMAY.PWL
DEB J=C:\WINDOWS\DEBJ.PWL
DEBJ=C:\WINDOWS\DEBJ000.PWL

[foo]
wkey1=wval1
wkey2=wval2

[MSNP32]

[nwnp32]

[drivers32]
msacm.lhacm=lhacm.acm
VIDC.VDOM=vdowave.drv
VIDC.IV50=ir50_32.dll
msacm.iac2=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\IAC25_32.AX
VPM=NMGCVP32.DLL
MSACM.voxacm118=vdk32118.acm
MSACM.NSPAC=nspac32.acm
MSACM.NSX83=nsx83p32.acm
VIDC.WMV3=wmv9vcm.dll
VIDC.YUY2=msyuv.dll
VIDC.UYVY=msyuv.dll
VIDC.YVYU=msyuv.dll
MSACM.msg711=msg711.acm
vidc.CVID=iccvid.dll
VIDC.IV31=ir32_32.dll
VIDC.IV32=ir32_32.dll
vidc.MSVC=msvidc32.dll
VIDC.MRLE=msrle32.dll
MSACM.imaadpcm=imaadp32.acm
MSACM.msadpcm=msadp32.acm
MSACM.msgsm610=msgsm32.acm
MSACM.trspch=tssoft32.acm

[TTFontDimenCache]
0 4=2 4
0 5=3 5
0 6=4 6
0 7=4 7
0 8=5 8
0 9=5 9
0 10=6 10
0 11=7 11
0 12=7 12
0 13=8 13
0 14=8 14
0 15=9 15
0 16=10 16
0 18=11 18
0 20=12 20
0 22=13 22

Win.ini:
[windows]
load=
run=
NullPort=None

[Desktop]
Wallpaper=C:\WINDOWS\SOLO2500.BMP
TileWallpaper=0
WallpaperStyle=2
Pattern=(None)

[intl]
iCountry=1
ICurrDigits=2
iCurrency=0
iDate=0
iDigits=2
iLZero=1
iMeasure=1
iNegCurr=0
iTime=0
iTLZero=0
s1159=AM
s2359=PM
sCountry=United States
sCurrency=$
sDate=/
sDecimal=.
sLanguage=enu
sList=,
sLongDate=dddd, MMMM dd, yyyy
sShortDate=MM/dd/yyyy
sThousand=,
sTime=:

[Fonts]

[Compatibility]
_3DPC=0x00400000
_BNOTES=0x224000
_LNOTES=0x00100000
ACAD=0x8000
ACT!=0x400004
ACROBAT=0x04000000
AD=0x10000000
ADW30=0x10000000
ALARMMGR=0x0040000
ALDSETUP=0x00400000
AMIPRINT=0x04000000
AMIPRO=0x04000010
APORIA=0x0100
APPROACH=0x0004
BALER=0x08000000
BMAPP=0x0004
CASMONEY=0x00200000
CAVOIDE=0x00200000
CCMAIL=0x00200000
CCMCWFY=0x80
CHARISMA=0x2000
CONFIG=0x00400000
CORELDRW=0x48000
CORELPNT=0x08000000
COSTAR=0x0004
CP=0x0040
CROSSTIE=0x00000400
DARCH=0x80
DESIGNER=0x00002000
DIRECTOR=0x00800000
DPLANNER=0x00200000
DRAW=0x2000
DS40=0x8000
DTWIN20=0x00000400
EAP=0x0004
ED=0x00010000
EXCEL=0x1000
EXPASTRO=0x04000000
EXTYPWND=0x00200000
FAXVIEW=0x04000000
FAXWORKS=0x00000400
FH4=0x00E08000
FLW2=0x8000
FMPRO=0x00200000
FREEHAND=0x8000
FULLTEXT=0x20000000
GIFTMAKE=0x20000000
GUIDE=0x1000
HDW=0x04800000
HGW=0x8000
HGW2EXE=0x8000
HGW3EXE=0x8000
HJDRAW=0x00400000
IDAPICFG=0x00400000
IDRAW=0x04008000
ILLUSTRATOR=0x8000
IMPROV2=0x00000000
INFOCENT=0x04000000
INSIGHT=0x00000400
INSTAL1=0x00400000
INSTALL=0x00400000
INTERMIS=0x10000000
IS20INST=0x00000000
IVIHEALT=0x00400000
JEOPARDY=0x00200000
JW=0x00000000
KALOAD2=0x00400000
KEYCAD=0x8000
LE_ADMIN=0x00400000
LUI=0x20000000
MAILSPL=0x10000000
MAKER=0x00200000
MAPS1=0x04008022
MATH=0x00000001
MAVIS=0x00200000
MCOURIER=0x0800
MFWIN20=0x02000000
MILESV3=0x1000
MILESV40=0x4
MOZART=0x40000000
MSARTIST=0x00100000
MSBHUMAN=0x4
MSREMIND=0x10000000
MVIEWER2=0x40200000
MYINV=0x00200000
MYST=0x08000000
NAFTA1=0x4008022
NBAMW4V4=0x04000000
NETSET2=0x0100
NOTES=0x200000
NOTSHELL=0x0001
OPERATOR=0x02000000
OUTPOST=0x00000000
OWLAPP=0x00400000
PACKRAT=0x0800
PAINTER=0x00000000
PAWC8DC3=0x00400000
PAWIN=0x4
PEACHW=0x04800004
PIXIE=0x0040
PLANIT=0x0004
PLANNER=0x2000
PLUS=0x1000
PM4=0xA000
PM5APP=0x8000
PP4=0x00000000
PR2=0x2000
PRINTHLP=0x0004
QAPLUSW=0x0004
QLIIFAX=0x00400000
QUAKE=0x80
QW=0x08000000
RELAY=0x20000000
REM=0x8022
RR2CD=0x00200000
RX=0x00000400
RXL=0x00000400
SETUP=0x00000000
SIDEKICK=0x0004
SLEEPER=0x10000000
SOL=0x00400000
SPCB=0x04008000
SPORTJEP=0x00200000
SPWIN20=0x00400000
ST2=0x4008022
STRAUSS=0x40000000
STRAV=0x40000000
SCHUBERT=0x40000000
SSBWIN=0x00200000
SWCWIN=0x00800004
TCVWIN=0x00200000
TCW=0x00400000
TCWIN=0x0004
TERRAIN=0x00400000
TISETUP=0x00200000
TL6=0x08000000
TME=0x0100
TMSWIN=0x20000000
TMTWIN=0x00200000
TMTWINCD=0x00200000
TOUCHUP=0x00400000
TURBOTAX=0x00080000
VB=0x0200
VEWINFIL=0x00400000
VISIO=0x00000004
VISIOHM=0x00000004
VISION=0x0040
W4GL=0x4000
W4GLR=0x4000
WGW=0x00440000
WIN2WRS=0x1210
WINCIM=0x4
WINLINK=0x20000000
WINPHONE=0x0004
WINSIM=0x2000
WINTACH=0x00200000
WORDSCAN=0x02200000
WPWINFIL=0x00000006
WPWIN60=0x00000400
WPWIN61=0x02000400
WSETUP=0x00200000
XPRESS=0x00000008
ZETA01=0x00400000
ZIFFBOOK=0x00200000
NOTIFIER=0x400000

[Compatibility32]
CLWORKS=0x00A00000
MCAD=0x00600000
PHOTOSHP=0x00208000
PODW=0x00200000
SPSSWIN=0x00200000
TYPSTRY2=0x00200000
V32VM20=0x02000000
VISIO=0x00000000
VISIOHM=0x00000000
WINPHONE=0x00000004
WRDART32=0x00400000
SHELL=0x80000000
USTATION=0x80000000

[Compatibility95]
CHAOS OV=0x80000000
CONF=0x00000002
MSDEV=0x00000002
IMAGE32=0x80000000
INST32=0x80000000

[ModuleCompatibility]
ACEROOBE=0x0004
AIRNFM=0x0002
ALDNCD=0x0002
AMRES=0x0002
ATM=0x0002
ARCHANGEL=0x0002
CSNOV=0x0002
DEFDEMO=0x0002
DIBWND=0x0002
DIB=0x0002
DS=0x0001
EMLIB=0x0002
EMSAVE=0x0002
FH4=0x0002
GEDIT=0x0002
GEORGE=0x0002
GVBSETUP=0x0002
HRWCD=0x0002
ISLFAXPR=0x0002
KIDDESK=0x0002
KIDSTYPE=0x0000
KNPS=0x0002
LIONKING=0x0002
MAUI_DRV=0x0002
MGXWMF=0x0002
MEMMAP=0x0002
MSARTIST=0x0002
MSCRWRTR=0x0002
MSCUISTF=0x0001
MVIEWER2=0x0002
MWAVSCAN=0x0002
MYINV=0x0002
OLESVR=0x0002
PDOXWIN=0x0002
PLANIT=0x0002
PP3=0x0002
PP4=0x0002
PPPP=0x0002
PXDSRV2=0x0002
REVIEWRT=0x0002
ROULETTE=0x0002
RRIRJ=0x0002
RR1=0x0002
RR2CD=0x0002
STL_DLG=0x0002
TECO=0x0001
TER=0x0002
TLW0LOC=0x0002
TMSWIN=0x0002
USA=0x0002
VOICE=0x0002
WFXVIEW=0x0004
WINFORM=0x0002
WPWIN61=0x0002

[TrueType]
FontSmoothing=0

[mci extensions]
mid=Sequencer
rmi=Sequencer
wav=waveaudio
avi=AVIVideo
cda=CDAudio
aif=MPEGVideo
aifc=MPEGVideo
aiff=MPEGVideo
au=MPEGVideo
m1v=MPEGVideo
m3u=MPEGVideo
midi=Sequencer
mov=MPEGVideo
mp2=MPEGVideo
mp3=MPEGVideo
mpa=MPEGVideo
mpe=MPEGVideo
mpeg=MPEGVideo
mpg=MPEGVideo
mpv2=MPEGVideo
qt=MPEGVideo
snd=MPEGVideo
LMA=LiveAudioFile
LA=LiveAudioFile
asf=MPEGVideo2
asx=MPEGVideo2
ivf=MPEGVideo2
lsf=MPEGVideo2
lsx=MPEGVideo2
mp2v=MPEGVideo
wax=MPEGVideo2
wvx=MPEGVideo2
wm=MPEGVideo2
wma=MPEGVideo2
wmv=MPEGVideo2

[MCICompatibility]
QTWVideo=0x0001
MCIXSND=0x0001
GDAnim=0x0001

[mciavi]

[Desktop_Shell]
Current=Win

[Pscript.Drv]
ATMWorkaround=1

[Ports]
LPT1:=
LPT2:=
LPT3:=
COM2:=9600,n,8,1,x
COM4:=9600,n,8,1,x
FILE:=
COM1:=9600,n,8,1,x
COM3:=9600,n,8,1,x

[embedding]
Package=Package,Package,packager.exe,picture
midfile=MIDI Sequence,MIDI Sequence,c:\windows\mplayer.exe /mid,picture
SoundRec=Wave Sound,Wave Sound,c:\windows\sndrec32.exe,picture
mplayer=Media Clip,Media Clip,c:\windows\mplayer.exe,picture
PBrush=Paintbrush Picture,Paintbrush Picture,C:\PROGRA~1\ACCESS~1\MSPAINT.EXE,picture
Paint.Picture=Bitmap Image,Bitmap Image,C:\PROGRA~1\ACCESS~1\MSPAINT.EXE,picture
Wordpad.Document.1=WordPad Document,WordPad Document,C:\PROGRA~1\ACCESS~1\WORDPAD.EXE,picture
ComicChat.Room.2=Microsoft Chat Room,Microsoft Chat Room,C:\PROGRA~1\CHAT\CCHAT.EXE,picture
Imaging.Document=Image Document,Image Document,c:\windows\KodakImg.Exe,picture
WangImage.Document=Image Document,Image Document,c:\windows\KodakImg.Exe,picture
avifile=Video Clip,Video Clip,c:\windows\mplayer.exe /avi,picture

[Extensions]
pax=C:\RLCPRO\RLCPro.exe ^.pax
ixm=C:\RLCPRO\RLCPro.exe ^.ixm

[Devices]

[Sounds]
SystemDefault=,

[MCI Extensions.BAK]
aif=MPEGVideo
aifc=MPEGVideo
aiff=MPEGVideo
au=MPEGVideo
m1v=MPEGVideo
m3u=MPEGVideo
midi=MPEGVideo
mov=MPEGVideo
mp2=MPEGVideo
mp3=MPEGVideo
mpa=MPEGVideo
mpe=MPEGVideo
mpeg=MPEGVideo
mpg=MPEGVideo
mpv2=MPEGVideo
qt=MPEGVideo
snd=MPEGVideo
asf=MPEGVideo2
asx=MPEGVideo2
ivf=MPEGVideo2
lsf=MPEGVideo2
lsx=MPEGVideo2
mp2v=MPEGVideo
wax=MPEGVideo2
wvx=MPEGVideo2
wm=MPEGVideo2
wma=MPEGVideo2
wmv=MPEGVideo2


[mcilau]

[QuickRes]
Options=3

[Xerox 4517 PostScript Level 2,\\Tmmiserv\@deskjet]
DevFileName=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\X4517.P2P

[PostScript,\\Tmmiserv\@deskjet]
ATM=placeholder


[IDAPI]
DLLPATH=C:\IDAPI
CONFIGFILE01=C:\IDAPI\IDAPI.CFG

[Borland Language Drivers]
LDPath=C:\IDAPI\LANGDRV

[DrawDib]
pnpdrvr.drv 1024x768x16(565 0)=37,5,5,5

[SciCalc]
layout=0

[WinZip]
Note-1=This section is required only to install the optional WinZip Internet Browser Support build 0231.
Note-2=Removing this section of the win.ini will have no effect except preventing installation of WinZip Internet Browser Support build 0231.
win32_version=6.3-7.0

[MAPI 1.0 Time Zone]
ActiveTimeBias=1a4
StandardName=Mountain Standard Time
DaylightName=Mountain Daylight Time
Bias=1a4
StandardBias=0
DaylightBias=ffffffc4
StandardStart=00000A00000005000200000000000000
DaylightStart=00000400000001000200000000000000
DaylightFlag=1

[HPFECP04,LPT1]
DefaultInputMode=4
DefaultOutputMode=6
RelaxState32Timeout=1

[Xerox 4517 PostScript Level 2,\\Tmmiserv\@deskjet Fonts]
Arial=Helvetica
Times New Roman=Times
Courier New=Courier
Symbol=Symbol
Arial Narrow=Helvetica-Narrow
Book Antiqua=Palatino
Bookman Old Style=Bookman
Century Schoolbook=NewCenturySchlbk
Century Gothic=AvantGarde
Monotype Corsiva=ZapfChancery
Monotype Sorts=ZapfDingbats
Century Schoolbook SWA=NewCenturySchlbk
ITC Avant Garde SWA=AvantGarde
ITC Bookman SWA=Bookman
ITC Zapf Chancery SWA=ZapfChancery
ITC Zapf Dingbats SWA=ZapfDingbats
Zapf Calligraphic 801=Palatino

[colors]
Scrollbar=192 192 192
Background=0 0 128
ActiveTitle=0 0 128
InactiveTitle=128 128 128
Menu=192 192 192
Window=255 255 255
WindowFrame=0 0 0
MenuText=0 0 0
WindowText=0 0 0
TitleText=255 255 255
ActiveBorder=192 192 192
InactiveBorder=192 192 192
AppWorkspace=128 128 128
Hilight=0 0 128
HilightText=255 255 255
ButtonFace=192 192 192
ButtonShadow=128 128 128
GrayText=128 128 128
ButtonText=0 0 0
InactiveTitleText=192 192 192
ButtonHilight=255 255 255
ButtonDkShadow=0 0 0
ButtonLight=224 224 224
InfoText=0 0 0
InfoWindow=255 255 225
ButtonAlternateFace=184 180 184
HotTrackingColor=0 0 255
GradientActiveTitle=16 132 208
GradientInactiveTitle=184 180 184

[Pscript TrueType Substitutions]
Arial=Helvetica
Arial Narrow=Helvetica-Narrow
Book Antiqua=Palatino
Bookman Old Style=Bookman
Century Gothic=AvantGarde
Century Schoolbook=NewCenturySchlbk
Courier New=Courier
Monotype Corsiva=ZapfChancery
Monotype Sorts=ZapfDingbats
Symbol=Symbol
Times New Roman=Times
MS 明朝=リュウミンL-KL
@MS 明朝=@リュウミンL-KL
MS ゴシック=中ゴシックBBB
@MS ゴシック=@中ゴシックBBB
アシクイ=HYオユアルーオM
@アシクイ=@HYオユアルーオM
アシクイテシ=HYオユアルーオM (ーチ、ニ)
@アシクイテシ=@HYオユアルーオM (ーチ、ニ)
アテシュ=HYアテシュB
@アテシュ=@HYアテシュB
アテシュテシ=HYアテシュB (ーチ、ニ)
@アテシュテシ=@HYアテシュB (ーチ、ニ)
オクソ=HYチ゚ーオ
@オクソ=@HYチ゚ーオ
オクソテシ=HYチ゚ーオ (ーチ、ニ)
@オクソテシ=@HYチ゚ーオ (ーチ、ニ)
ケルナチ=HYスナクチカ
@ケルナチ=@HYスナクチカ
ケルナチテシ=HYスナクチカ (ーチ、ニ)
@ケルナチテシ=@HYスナクチカ (ーチ、ニ)
キツヒホ_GB2312=サェホトキツヒホ
@キツヒホ_GB2312=@サェホトキツヒホ
ソャフ蘋GB2312=サェホトソャフ
@ソャフ蘋GB2312=@サェホトソャフ

[PostScript,\\Tmmiserv\xerox]
ATM=placeholder



[FontSubstitutes]
Helv=MS Sans Serif
Tms Rmn=MS Serif
Times=Times New Roman
Helvetica=Arial
MS Shell Dlg=MS Sans Serif
MS Shell Dlg 2=MS Sans Serif
Monotype.com=Andale Mono

[TaylorWB]
Server=
Disconnected=0
UserName=Administrator
DomainName=



[Mail]
MAPI=1
CMC=1
CMCDLLNAME32=mapi32.dll
CMCDLLNAME=mapi.dll
MAPIX=1
MAPIXVER=1.0.0.1
OLEMessaging=1

[MSCharMap]
Font=Fixedsys

[Taipei]
Background=felt

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:46 AM

That appears to be drivers for an HP Laserjet 2200 printer.
Checking the HP website for that model I find no 98 drivers.
Booting my system into 98 I find native drivers for a Laserjet 2000 but not the 2200.
I wonder if someone installed the Windows 3.1 drivers.

When does this message appear?
Does it appear in a DOS box?

Rmdir is the DOS command for remove directory.
Basically the error is trying to tell you that the command is still present but the directory is not there so it dislplays an error.

In 98 there are basically only a few places that a program can load from. The autoexec.bat file, the startup group, the load= & run= lines of the win.ini file, and the run or run services keys in the registry (which I would not expect in this case).

Is this the same system from this post?

Edited by Eyesee, 25 April 2011 - 12:00 PM.

In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:42 PM

Yes, this is the same system that I was having standby issues with.

The message appears after the Windows 98 splash screen disappears and before the desktop appears. It is a DOS error (white text on a solid black background). Since it is looking for a directory to remove (as I originally suspected), could I recreate this directory for it to remove, or would this same message appear again on the second reboot?

I think that a better name for this topic would be "Removing Remnants of Improperly Uninstalled Programs" since that seems to be the cause of the problem. There are many file associations and entries in Add/Remove Programs for programs that are no longer installed on this computer, and I would like to remove these as well. If I try to uninstall them in Add/Remove Programs, the uninstaller fails because the files related to the program do not exist.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:03 PM

You might try recreating the directory but boot to MSDOS mode to do so.
I dont know if it will let you though
C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\LASERJ~1\UNINST~1\2200
Note the tildes ~ in the path. Thats a Windows long file name being abbreviated in DOS.
In other words PROGRA~1 is DOS abbreviation for Program Files etc.

Boot to MSDOS mode.
Make sure you are at the root C:\>
Type md C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\LASERJ~1\UNINST~1\2200
Restart & see if it clears that part up.

If you have a 98 cd, key code and all drivers I would probably do a clean install.
That way you would eliminate all issues with the system and might be able to get your standby issue resolved as well.
Something to consider.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:22 PM

I don't have the CD or license key or I would have done a clean install when this computer was first given to me.

I created the directory again so the command would not fail, and it successfully removed the directory. When I restarted again, the error appeared again.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 06:50 AM

Whats in the Start Up folder?

See if its listed there, and then if its not do a search in the registry for rmdir and see if it finds anything?

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 11:38 AM

Have you checked the load= & run= lines in win.ini yet?
Also try holding down the left shift key as soon as windows starts to load to see if it goes away.

I used to use the table below to troubleshoot 98 startup isses. It may help to isolate where this is loading from.
Try each boot option in order of boot A then B then C to determine which option makes the issue go away.
Source http://support.microsoft.com/kb/188867

Click Start, click Run, type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
Click Selective Startup.
Try different boot options. The following table lists several startup options. The options are labeled Boot A, Boot B, Boot C. To use a boot option, click the appropriate check boxes to select or clear them. Follow the instructions below the table to determine the cause of your problem.

Boot A Boot B Boot C
------------------------------------------------------------
Process Config.sys file Yes No Yes
Process Autoexec.bat file Yes No Yes
Process Winstart.bat (if available) Yes Yes No
Process System.ini file No Yes Yes
Process Win.ini file No Yes Yes
Load Startup Group items Yes Yes No


Also check control panel - printers to see if there are any printers installed.

Edit: this table didnt copy & paste clearly so see the Microsoft article in the link for a clearer version.

Edited by Eyesee, 26 April 2011 - 11:41 AM.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:00 PM

The message did not appear if I used the Boot C option. After this, I rechecked the "Load startup group items" option and the message still did not appear. It seems that the command comes from winstart.bat, but I can't find a file with that name. Does anyone know where it is located?
There are no printers installed and the load= and run= lines in win.ini are blank.

Edited by lti, 26 April 2011 - 05:02 PM.


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Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:48 PM

Looks like you may be getting it narrowed down!

"The Winstart.bat file is usually located in the Windows folder, and is used to load TSRs that are required only by Windows-based programs. " Same artice.

Not all systems have it as it is not required to boot. My 98 boot on my system does not.
Looks like it may be present on your system though.
Look in the Windows folder. I dont think it is a hidden file.
If it is there hold down the shift key while you right click on it.
That should give you an open with option.
Use notepad to open it & see if our culprit is there.
I sure am hoping that it is!
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Posted 26 April 2011 - 08:49 PM

I missed it because msconfig changed the extension to .tsh when I disabled it and I searched for batch files only. The rmdir command was the only line in the file. I replaced it with a blank file. A DOS prompt still appears for a couple seconds before the desktop appears, but the message is gone.
Now I need to remove the remnants of the previous owner's software that was uninstalled improperly. Here are the names of the programs as they appear in Add/Remove Programs:
830Tools
DVDPlay
ISTsvc
iTools
Turck I/Oassistant
Uninstall WindLDR
These six programs were uninstalled by deleting their files, so they are still listed in Add/Remove Programs and will not uninstall. The computer also used to have Netscape and Office 2000, but these do not appear in Add/Remove Programs. All of their registry entries (which probably don't affect the computer's performance) and file associations still exist. Some of these programs were set as the default program to open those file types, so I can't open those file types by double-clicking on the file.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:54 AM

"A DOS prompt still appears for a couple seconds before the desktop appears, but the message is gone."
Try renaming winstart.bat to winstart.old.
I had completely forgotten about that file & it is not necessary to start 98.

When I get a chance later I will look those programs up for you.
I have a feeling that this system may be infected.
You might want to update & run ClamWin as it is about the only AV program left that works with 98.

Also you might want to download and run SpyBot Search and Destroy. I still use it on occasion. Its an older program but still works with 98 and tends to find things that other programs dont. Make sure not to immunize the system or install Tea Timer. If you get the spybot-includes file it contains the updates. I am curious to see what it finds.

Theres a registry tweak to remove unwanted entries fron add/remove programs.
Google it and you will find it pretty easily.

Too bad you cant just reload this thing but we must work with what we have.
Make sure to defrag it when you are completely done cleaning it up.
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