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    Explorer illegal operaton

    [img]/w3timages/icons/frown.gif[/img] I'm running a Pentium 233 with Win98 SE. About a week ago, I started getting the following error message at start-up: "EXPLORER--This program has performed an illegal operation...." I click on OK, the message goes away, and almost everything in my system tray goes away, too! I still have my clock and the sound (speaker) icon, but the icons for Scheduler, RealPlayer and Norton AV go bye-bye. When this happened two days ago, I rebooted and everything returned to normal. Today the hot re-boot didn't help. My machine still works in this condition. I'm using it right now, sending and receiving messages and all. But sumpin' ain't right, y'know? Suggestions? I did do a "print screen" to capture the full text of the error, stack dump and all, if that sort of detail will help. I don't think this has its roots in a virus--my Norton AV virus definitions are up-to-date. I'll appreciate any suggestions as to the cause and cure of this problem. Thanks!

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    Caesar3,

    The next time you boot up hold down the F 8 key when you see the message "Starting Windows 98 . . . " and you will get a list of choices on how to start Windows. Select SAFE MODE from the list. Let the boot finish and you should see the words "SAFE MODE" in all four corners as long (as you encounter no further problems.) Then power down and restart normally.

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    Whenever you crash, you leave temp files lying around.

    Click the taskbar & press F3 to bring up Find.
    Make sure 'look in' says your main hard drive letter.
    In the find box, type ~*.*,*.tmp
    Find now. Select them & delete them.

    Look for a thread that says regclean.exe. Download it & run it.

    Restart your computer in MS-DOS mode (NOT an MS-DOS window).
    At the prompt, type:
    smartdrv.exe & press enter
    Then type: scanreg /fix /opt & press enter.

    Let it rebuild your registry. Should take about 15 minutes. This should keep your registry in good repair. I do this whenever I've been installing & uninstalling programs & at least twice a month. It prunes the registry & fixes certain problems.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    Phil,

    Thanks for your information. I just ran regclean as you indicated and will be doing so in the future!

    Thanks.

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    I've done the temp file dump thing, and I want to try your other suggestions. I'm encouraged by PrestonK's warm endorsement! But first, I have a really basic question about something you wrote in your response. You wrote: "Look for a thread...." What the hey is a "thread" and where do I look for it?

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    Hi Caesar:

    A thread is a single conversation, like this one, in a newsgroup or board. Each message is called a post. At the top of the screen is a link that says "Search". Search the Win98 forum for regclean.exe. Mind you, this is a help, but not a guaranteed solution.

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    Thank, Phil! Let's hope this works!

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    Are there spaces in that "scanreg" command?[img]/w3timages/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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    Re: Explorer illegal operaton

    Hi Bill:

    Yes. There's a space before each "/". So it's

    scanreg<space>/fix<space>/opt<enter>

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