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Explorer Has Preformed Illegal Operation

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Anonymous
May 8, 2005 11:22:05 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

Hello,

I have a computer running Windows 98 SE and when I start the computer I
don't have any desktop icons and I get the following error message:

explorer has preformed an illegal operation.
explorer caused an invalid page fault in module explorer.exe at 017f:00401f31.
registers:
eax=00000000 cs=017f eip=00401f31
eflgs=00010246
ebx=00000001 ss=0187 esp0080feec
ebp=0080fef4
ecx=c15e5050 ds=0187 esi=00000000 fs=2e57
edx=0080fefc es=0187 edi=00000000 gs=0000
Bytes at cs:eip:
8b 08 50 ff 11 8b 45 08 50 8b 08 ff 51 08 8b
45
Stack Dump:
00401ee0 0080fefc 0080ff34 00405cac 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000001 00404436 00000000
0059fc0c 00000001 00000000 00000000 00000000
00000000

I've tried to start in safe mode and still don't have any desktop icons. My
end result is that I would like to dump my hard drive because of all the
clutter, repartition and install Windows XP home edition but this problem is
stopping me from doing this. Any help would be great. Thanks............


phileefan
Anonymous
May 9, 2005 2:42:20 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

Boot to DOS Mode by accessing the boot menu at startup and selecting Command Prompt
Only (you get to the boot menu the same way you get to it when you selected Safe
Mode).
At the DOS Prompt, type:
scanreg /restore
and press Enter.
Select one of the backups (rb###.cab files) dated JUST prior to when the problem
occurred, and follow the prompts.

If that does not bring the desktop icons and start button/taskbar back when you
restart, see here:
Blank Desktop or Illegal Operations Error Message After You Install Internet
Explorer:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=kb;en-us;249191

If those procedures do not help, have a look here:
Recovering From a Failed Internet Explorer Upgrade in Windows 98:
http://www.cs.bsu.edu/~gjjones/administrivia/stories/20...
or
http://tinyurl.com/r5ba

Especially this section at the end:

"If you still have boot problems after you reboot, you should use the command prompt
to edit the c:\windows\system.ini file. On the command line type edit
c:\windows\system.ini.

"Once it is open, change the line shell=explorer.exe to shell=progman.exe. What you
are doing here is changing the default shell (that is having problems) from the
Windows Explorer to the old Windows Program Manager shell.

"Reboot Windows. It should now successfully boot with no errors into an empty
Program Manager shell. Use the File | Run | Browse drop down menu selection to
browse to c:\program files\internet explorer and launch ie5setup.exe or ie6setup.exe
(depending on what is there). Do a custom install and check all the Bold faced
options. When the setup program alerts you that these files are already installed,
tell it to reinstall all of the files.

"When the Internet Explorer Setup program is done and reboots, hit the F8 key to
bring up a Boot Menu. Choose Command Prompt and boot to the command prompt. Once
there, type edit c:\windows\system.ini and, once it is open, change the line
shell=progman.exe back to shell=explorer.exe. Save and exit the file. You have now
set the shell back to the original value."
--
Glen Ventura, MS MVP Shell/User, A+
http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/communities/conduct/default.ms...


"phileefan" <phileefan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:8A3639DF-313D-45B8-B548-E1767ACADCB9@microsoft.com...
> Hello,
>
> I have a computer running Windows 98 SE and when I start the computer I
> don't have any desktop icons and I get the following error message:
>
> explorer has preformed an illegal operation.
> explorer caused an invalid page fault in module explorer.exe at 017f:00401f31.
> registers:
> eax=00000000 cs=017f eip=00401f31
> eflgs=00010246
> ebx=00000001 ss=0187 esp0080feec
> ebp=0080fef4
> ecx=c15e5050 ds=0187 esi=00000000 fs=2e57
> edx=0080fefc es=0187 edi=00000000 gs=0000
> Bytes at cs:eip:
> 8b 08 50 ff 11 8b 45 08 50 8b 08 ff 51 08 8b
> 45
> Stack Dump:
> 00401ee0 0080fefc 0080ff34 00405cac 00000000
> 00000000 00000000 00000001 00404436 00000000
> 0059fc0c 00000001 00000000 00000000 00000000
> 00000000
>
> I've tried to start in safe mode and still don't have any desktop icons. My
> end result is that I would like to dump my hard drive because of all the
> clutter, repartition and install Windows XP home edition but this problem is
> stopping me from doing this. Any help would be great. Thanks............
>
>
> phileefan
!