1% 2% files could not be upgraded

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loves2teach1

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Hi there, every time I start my computer, I get the message "Windows could not upgrade the file %1 from %2 %1:%2. Windows could not upgrade one or more system files before starting. Windows may not start or run properly. If Windows fails to start, run setup again. Press any key to continue".

I have Windows ME and a Compaq Presario. Also, BEFORE this message appears, when the WINDOWS ME screen is up, I hear tick, tick, tick, tick for about 5 minutes, and then the error message appears. I takes forever for me to boot up my computer -- can anyone help me??????? Thanks in advance to anyone who responds...
 

loves2teach1

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Hey Rog! Your resolution worked for a while, but now my computer's doing the same thing again!! I tried both your solutions, and neither worked. With your first suggestion, I replaced the Wininit.ini file with Wininit.old the last time, so I couldn't do it again. With the second solution, I had no oem*.inf that were 0-byte, so I couldn't do that one. Any other suggestions for me???
 
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I'm not sure what's left to try except a thorough cleanup of temp files.

Since you have WinME, I would suggest following the instructions here for a DOS based approach to it. You will need a WinME startup floppy. Accempt "minimal boot". Once you are at the a:> prompt enter:

cd c:\windows

>> now you should be at the c:\windows> prompt which is where you MUST be to carry out these instructions:


At the c:\windows\> prompt enter each bold line:

smartdrv
deltree tempor~1
deltree temp
deltree history
deltree locals~1\tempor~1
exit


(you may get an error message on this last one (locals~1), just skip to "exit" if you do, it just means you don't have that directory)

Enter smartdrv first or the process will take a very long time. For each deltree, confirm by entering 'y' if the target directory is correct

>> since you will be using a boot disk, be sure to remove it before entering "exit" or doing a ctrl-alt-del to reboot.

Also, if this doesn't work, let me have a look at a StartupList (not the ScanLog) from HijackThis:

http://mjc1.com/mirror/hjt/

>>> I also highly recommend you turn off any running antivirus program during installs that cause this problem. In fact you can run msconfig and temporarily remove the check for "startup group", reboot, try the install; then re-enable it afterwards.
 
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