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    ACER laptop running Vista Gold. Never been patched because it is a stand alone machine with no connection to anything (no network, no internet - nothing).

    Using OpenOffice 3, which crashed. On re-booting a series of three dialogs appeared as 'OK' (the only option) is clicked on each:

    1) Could not load or run 'C:\User\name\Local' specified in the registry. Make sure the file exists on your computer or remove the reference in the registry.

    2) Could not load or run 'Settings\Application' specified in the registry. Make sure the file exists on your computer or remove the reference in the registry.

    3) Could not load or run 'Data\asdlfj3\services.exe' specified in the registry. Make sure the file exists on your computer or remove the reference in the registry.

    The laptop finished booting. The sidebar was missing but apart form losing a note from the notepad, it seems OK on re-opening it. OpenOffice seems OK as well.

    A Google search on 'asdlfj3 services.exe' doesn't turn up much. Any wisdom here?

    Ken

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    [quote name='stuck' post='781197' date='23-Jun-2009 07:42']ACER laptop running Vista Gold. Never been patched ...[/quote]
    I wonder if Autoruns will show you the entries that are "trying to load" when you boot? Maybe you could track down where the problem entries are in the registry .

    Autoruns for Windows

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    I forgot to mention... These errors only show up on my sons user account. If I log in, there's no problem.

    I have searched the registry and can find the line referred to in the error message. It's in:
    HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Windows

    Ken

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    It looks like this is a side effect of a autorun worm that ended up on the laptop via a USB stick.

    Avira has dealt with two instances of the problem on the laptop and I've sorted the USB stick as well. Avira didn't fix the registry though.

    I found a line in the registry and it is under current_user, which is why the problem only appears under one login. I've not deleted it yet but I will. I'm going to run a ccleaner scan first to see what it picks up.

    Ken
    PS, the culprit (not me!) is suitably chastened by this incident

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    [quote name='stuck' post='781676' date='25-Jun-2009 14:37']PS, the culprit (not me!) is suitably chastened by this incident[/quote]
    Mine are always most unsuitably indignant!

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    [quote name='StuartR' post='781687' date='25-Jun-2009 10:38']Mine are always most unsuitably indignant![/quote]
    That's because you dared to question the wisdom of youth.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='781701' date='25-Jun-2009 16:37']the wisdom of youth.[/quote]
    There's an oxymoron if ever I heard one.

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    [quote name='StuartR' post='781706' date='25-Jun-2009 12:05']There's an oxymoron if ever I heard one.[/quote]
    And thus the song..."I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger."

    Youth is truly wasted on the young.
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    Just a final word on this, ccleaner din't pick up the rogue line in the registry but having deleted in manually the laptop boots without incident again.

    Ken
    PS Now if only it were so were so easy to delete the line in the culprit's registry that prevents him from booting up in the morning before about 11:00!

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