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Running Program is invisible

by feetnlegs / June 9, 2004 1:00 PM PDT

I'm running Win98 and have been using an older version of Print Shop Deluxe, v6 for years. I have been using it quite a bit over the last couple of weeks, up until this morning. When I tried to start the program up this evening, I get the hourglass that would indicate that the program is starting up, but then it disappears and the program does not appear to open. However, when I CTRL+ALT+Del, PS6 shows in the Close Program window of programs that are currently running. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, I've tried opening the program from the start menu and the icon on the task bar, I've also tried opening a file created in Print Shop that can only be opened by Print Shop. All to no avail. I've also tried to open it more than once, and found more than one instance in the "Close Program" window when I CTRL+ALT+del. I am at a loss as to what happened between this morning and this evening that would make this program invisible. I do run Zone Alarm, and I do have two kids that may have been on my computer while I was at work (both are fairly proficient in computer use.) HELP. I need this program to run ASAP as I was creating materials for my son's graduation that are due to his school ASAP (tomorrow).

Thanks for any help you can give.

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Re:Running Program is invisible
by Kees Bakker / June 9, 2004 5:26 PM PDT

My only suggestion (although I've little hope that it works) is to go back in time.

Boot into MS-DOS. Then type scanreg /restore (end command with enter-key) and choose a date when everything still was working (you can choose from the 5 most recent dates).
This restores the registry of that date.

I know of no cause for this problem, except some damage to the program, but you've excluded that by uninstalling and reinstalling.
Maybe some shared dll is corrupted. But that isn't restored by scanreg.

I'm not too optimistic, but it's worth a try.


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Re:Re:Running Program is invisible
by feetnlegs / June 10, 2004 12:51 PM PDT

Kees - you're a wiz! Thanks so much for your help -- it worked and I got my program back. Saved the day for my son's 5th Grade class Graduation Programs!

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(NT) Glad to read so.
by Kees Bakker / June 10, 2004 5:45 PM PDT


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Re: Running Program is invisible
by William Finder / June 11, 2004 8:31 AM PDT

Are you by any chance using a shortcut to execute the program? If so, right click on the short-cut icon, select 'properties' and make sure that in the 'run' line, it is set to either 'normal' or 'maximized'.

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