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    Start up error message

    A friend gets this error message everytime he starts WIN 98

    Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or Windows application. The Windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device no longer exits. 'vredir.vxd, dfs.vxd'" After Windows has login, the following error message appear: "Unable to load the dynamic link library - msnp32.dll"

    He clicks on ENTER after each notice and ultimately the system starts up and runs without a problem.

    What is the recommended solution for this issue. Thanks.

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    Re: Start up error message

    It's most likely that these error messages result from old entries in the registry or system.ini, as I think you were suggesting. You/ your friend has two choices - either reinstate the files from the 98 CD, or remove the references to them. The former is simpler, and less prone to error; the latter is more efficient. For the former, here's one way to do it:

    The easiest way to reinstall vnetsup.vxd, vredir.vxd, dfs.vxd, msnp32.dll is just run your windows network configuration, delete the "Network Client for Microsoft" and add it again, it will ask for the windows CD, slide it in or choose the W98 directory you copied onto your HD and let it rip.

    Alan

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    Re: Start up error message

    If reinstalling is not an option or your friend wants to simply eliminate the problem, a quick edit of the regisrty will get rid of the error permanently.

    To do this, go to Start>Run and type regedit. When the registry window opens click on Edit>Find and in the box that comes up type vredir.vxd and hit Enter. When it finds the entry (probably on the right side of the screen), it will highlight it. Right click on the highlighted entry and select Delete from the dropdown menu. Then hit F3 and if another entry is found, repeat the delete procedure and hit F3 again until the registry search is completed. Then repeat the process for dfs.vxd. That should take care of it. HTH
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