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c:\is not a valid Win32 application

by danisahne1404 / March 3, 2007 4:48 PM PST

I cannot access the C drive, get the above error message. Also, when doing a right click "OPEN" and "EXPLORE" are not written correcly, I can only see some weird characters. Could it be a virus?

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Is that the full message?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 3, 2007 6:52 PM PST

Normally you would get a message like;
C:\Program Files\Some Folder\Some Executable.exe is not a valid Win32 application, where "Some Folder\Some Executable.exe" is the .exe application file that failed.

Also, are you saying that your XP still works, but you cannot explore the C drive? If so, what are you using to explore the C drive?


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Windows XP itself is ok
by danisahne1404 / March 3, 2007 7:17 PM PST

Windows itself is working absolutely fine. But when I'm trying to get to the C drive eg for searching for the folder with our scans and stuff like that I cannot do so. When I'm searching for the folders however they're ok.

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More info please
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 3, 2007 7:45 PM PST

That error message doesn't look right.

c:\is not a valid Win32 application

Something seems missing.

What do you mean when you say you are trying to get to the C drive, searching for the folder with your scans? What folder, and what scans?

When you are searching for the folders they are OK. What folders? What are you searching with?


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by danisahne1404 / March 3, 2007 8:14 PM PST
In reply to: More info please

I'm just trying to double click on the C drive, taht's all. Then the error message comes up.

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Re: Explanation
by Tufenuf / March 3, 2007 9:58 PM PST
In reply to: Explanation

danisahne1404, You may want to try the "Drive" Association Fix for XP at the link below. Download and save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. I'd create a new System Restore Point prior to running the reg file.


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"Drive" Association Fix for XP
by danisahne1404 / March 4, 2007 12:58 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Explanation

I've done that, the file was put in the registry but there is no change. Does it run automatically or do I need to activate it somehow to get it to check?

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Re: "Drive" Association Fix for XP
by Tufenuf / March 4, 2007 1:06 AM PST

Did you restart your computer after you ran the reg file? If you didn't restart your computer and see if the problem still exists.


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