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Win XP home prob. Error message?

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March 21, 2003 10:54:08 PM

Suddently when i startup win xp or restart my cpu, windows boots up and on the screen i see an open ms dos 16 bit window with an error message sayine, " Windows/appl_.exe; the NTVDM CPU encountered an illegal instruction; then a bunch of numbers" it says to either close or ignore. What is this error and how do I get rid of it? I tried system restore but i had no restore points prior to this available to restore to.
March 21, 2003 11:33:11 PM

Did you install any software or hardware lately?

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March 21, 2003 11:35:40 PM

Maybe these links will help:

<A HREF="http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP..." target="_new">Title: Using Autoexec.nt and Config.nt</A>

<A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q165214" target="_new">Troubleshooting MS-DOS-Based Programs in Windows</A>

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March 22, 2003 12:32:56 AM

I did install some software. But i erased it. Its still giving the error.
March 22, 2003 12:54:32 AM

when i open a dos box by typing in commmand.com in the run window, it opens okay, but it doesn't close it gives an xp end now window.
March 22, 2003 12:55:33 AM

Are you saying the software was the cause of the error, if so what was the software. Might help, if you don’t find a fix in Toey’s links.

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March 22, 2003 1:04:15 AM

Well i thought i there were fiels still remaining that could be causing it, but its still there. I have no idea how to get rid of this error.
March 22, 2003 1:20:04 AM

hehe, your not going to help me help you are you?

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March 22, 2003 1:28:04 AM

The software i installed and uninstalled was Freelancer.
March 22, 2003 1:07:33 PM

That doesn’t help! I tried to find something that might help, but had little luck. About the only thing I could find was <A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q245184" target="_new">this</A>, but I don’t know if replacing the Command.com is a good ideal, because it’s not even concerned to WinXP.

In Toey’s first link I notice <b>SUMMARY
This article describes how to troubleshoot MS-DOS-based programs in Windows.</b> about half way down the page. I know you tried typing in the command.com, and it wouldn’t close, it wouldn’t for me either, so I don’t think that’s a problem.

I also seen: >Prevent all programs from running at startup. Programs can run from three places at startup: the Startup groups, the Run and RunOnce lines in the registry, and the "run=" and "load=" lines in the Win.ini file. You can check these places as follows:< So all I can think is to follow what it says there, about the only chance I see to get rid of the error.

Other things I might try would be to use <A HREF="http://www.helloduck.com/php/article.php3?id_article=36... " target="_new">RegScrub </A>sorry best I could find.
Also,<A HREF="http://beam.to/spybotsd" target="_new">spybot</A> and <A HREF="http://www.vtoy.fi/jv16/shtml/regcleaner.shtml" target="_new">RegCleaner</A> be careful with reg cleaner, if I’m not mistaking you want to be darn sure you know what you are deleting or you could be in trouble.


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March 22, 2003 1:25:19 PM

have you tried system restore ?
March 22, 2003 1:45:31 PM

Thanks for all your help. Ill keep looking. There are a few people i can talk to but i cant get in touch with them until monday. The problem doesn't effect the system. i just click close and everyting is fine. havent run into any problems with programs or the like.
March 22, 2003 1:49:55 PM

At least everything works good, I know it can be irritating. Now just figuring out where to delete the darn thing. Good luck.

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