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    Can't open any programs

    I'm working on my sister-n-law's computer and they said that they rec'd an error msg about something with a ms*32.dll file. They had to reboot, now no programs will load, but ME will boot. Even in the Control panel it says that Windows can't find the specified device, path or file. Similar msg when opening any program, except for Explorer. Problem is that I can't even back up her Quicken files to the RW CD as it gives an error with this too. Safe mode does the same thing. No programs will load.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    Have you tried using System Restore, or does that hose up too?
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    Re: Can't open any programs

    The Restore CD, which is all I have (not the full OS version) formats the drive, then puts everything back like it was on day one, but no saved data.

    It's probably a system file that's been corrupted, but I don't know which one.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    I was referring to the System Restore feature from within Windows itself. You should be able to find it under the start menu, under accessories -- system tools.
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    Re: Can't open any programs

    It won't run either!

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    It sounds like you are missing a core library from Windows. You should be able to extract it from the CD. Without the filename I can only give you approximate instructions on how to do so.

    1. <LI>Insert the WinME CD into the CD drive.
      <LI>Open a command prompt.
      <LI>Type EXPAND {cd-drive letter}:MS???32.dl_ C:WINDOWSSYSTEMMS???32.DLL
      <LI>Reboot.
    Expand may need to be replaced with EXTRACT instead, I always get them mixed up <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Can't open any programs

    I don't have the original install CD, only that silly "go-back, reformat and factory install" CD.

    I gave up at midnight last night and was finally able to use winzip by rightclicking on files and performing a backup that way. Phew. Running Winzip by itself would not start. Strange. I could read the CD-RW drive, but it wouldn't let me copy files to it either.

    ME by default apparently creates another partition that I was able to save the zip files into. I reformated C and put W98se on it. I think a much more stable OS. Up and running now. I'm going to have them save all their data files in D: from now on.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    Anyone know anything about Quicken? She had all the backups of Quicken, created in ME, but now in 98 it won't even open them at all. It's the same version of Quicken, but different OS. Does that make a difference. I really don't want to load ME back on there, but may have to to recover Quicken. That can't be can it?

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    What kind of backups were made? Was this using the Windows ME backup? Quicken backup ? or another third party type of back up?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    When ME OS was running, no programs would open, even Quicken, but before it crashed, Q made 5 backups from within itself. Those don't open. Also, I copied over (to the D partition) the main QDF file, and that won't open either.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    If you are within Quicken I think you need to do an inport to open the "Quicken backups". I do NOT use it but a few of my vlients do and I have had to get their backups restored and or moved to a new computer.

    Are trying to double click the QDF file that is on the drive or are you using the open comand within Quicken?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    I tried that too. Sometimes it will say "restored" and to now go to the file menu to open it, but that doesn't open any files.

    Double-clicking the QDF files still gives a data error msg as well as trying to use the open command.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    Sounds like these files have been corruped and are beyound use.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    The data file that was working and each of the 5 daily backups. That can't be! Sounds like a compatibility issue or something. ME to 98, something like that.

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    Re: Can't open any programs

    When you inssstalled Quicken in ME it changed your files in Quicken. You will have to reinstall ME to read the backups.

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