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Ribblehead

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When I bootup (Win 98) I get the following message:-
Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application.
The Windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists If you deleted this file on purpose try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program. If you still want to use the application associated with the device file try installing that application to replace the missing file.
C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANTEC\SYMEVNT.386

Would apreciate any advice on what this means and how I can fix it, thanks.
 
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Hello, that sounds like a file to do the Symantec. Try reinstalling the software.

Have you recently uninstalled a Symantec product?
 

Ribblehead

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This is one of two PCs connected by wired router to share broadband connection, this one does not have any Symantec products, the other does (Norton Antivirus)
 
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One program that can help you correct this is "Crap Cleaner", which you can download from here:

http://www.ccleaner.com

Save it to the Desktop, where you can find it easily, then close your browser and install it. When you run it, set it to analyze the Registry, instead of the main computer files; to do this, click on the "ISSUES" option on the left of the screen. CCleaner will find a LOT of crap to remove (including that C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANTEC\SYMEVNT.386 entry); be SURE you click the "OK" button when asked if you want to backup the changes to the Registry, in case anything should go wrong. That way, you will be able to restore the Registry if you have problems caused by the changes CCleaner makes.

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS after CCleaner flushes the crap out of your Registry, you can restore everything simply by right-clicking the .reg file, and choosing "MERGE" from the list of options.

That probably won't be necessary, but now you know how to UNDO the changes CCleaner will make, just in case...

Good luck with this; let us know how things turn out for you.
 

Ribblehead

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Deleted file from registry as suggested and error message has gone, thanks. (Will still make use of Crap Cleaner)
 
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