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Error Message getting annoying

by gforce70 / September 6, 2006 11:57 PM PDT

I have an HP Media Center and run Windows XP Media Edition. Everytime I close a window on my desktop or end a program I keep getting the following error message. Can someone help me to get rid of this off my pc because it is getting annoying.

In the back ground a black box opens with the following in the title line:
16 Bit MS-Dos Subsystem

Then over top of that window it shows another box with
the following:

The system file is not suitable for running MS-Dos and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.

Although all I have to do is click on the close link and it clears off the screen this is getting annoying every time I close out a program.
I am not very computer savy so any easy step by step anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for any help.

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Start your scanning.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2006 12:05 AM PDT

'Autoexect.NT' is not proper. Autoexec.NT would be.

It's time to start scanning the machine for pests with tools like EWIDO and HOUSECALL (I toss all they find).

If that was a typographic error, please post a new post and I'll lock this one.


PS. Reference

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Sorry Bob,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 7, 2006 12:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Start your scanning.

I was replying then got waylaid half way through. Your post is better than mine! Happy


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See if this helps
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 7, 2006 12:18 AM PDT
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Re: Error Message getting annoying
by Tufenuf / September 7, 2006 12:55 AM PDT

Cheri, Just to add to Bob's reply if you don't have a Windows XP CD go to the link below and download "XP_Fix.EXE".
"This installaton program will reinstall the missing or corrupt Windows XP system files, autoexec.nt and config.nt. The absence or corruption of one or more of these files causes a "16 Bit Subsystem" error.
We recommend that you download this file and save it to your desktop or to another location where you can find it. Double click on the file to run it once it's downloaded. If problem reoccurs in the future, simply re-run this program".

Below is another link with a similar fix to download & run.

Another fix some have used is to do a search for autoexec.nt You will probably find it in C:\WINDOWS\repair. Copy and paste it into C:\WINDOWS\system32.


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Thanks Tufenuf
by gforce70 / September 7, 2006 12:46 PM PDT

I did do the two downloads you linked and they did work so it seems. Now when I close a window it just briefly shows a black box but only momentarily. Not even long enough for me to be able to read it.
I do appreciate your help.
Wish if I had more knowledge of these things but thankful for someone like you who can help me out.
Thanks again,

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