C:\Program error at start-up

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When I start up my PC and the desktop comes up, but before any icons appear, I get the following error:

C:\Program
Cannot find the file 'C:\Program'(or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.

This does not cause any problems per se, I merely hit 'Enter' and the machine finishes starting up like normal. It's just more of an irritant. Does anyone have a remedy for me? Much appreciate to all in advance.

My OS is Windows 2000 Pro.
 
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Install Startup Control Panel:

http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

After installing, go to Control Panel and click the new Startup applet. You can use this to control your startup programs and leave msconfig for the diagnostic purposes for which it was intended.

Look through the list of startups under each tab (You may need to right-click some and choose Edit to see the full paths). Somewhere in there, you have a startup the begins C:\Program Files, but since there are no quotes at the beginning and end, it is looking for something in C:\Program. Either add the quotes, or uncheck the entry so it won't start.
 

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Ok. I did this and found several that had no quotes around C:\Program and several that did. Does that mean I should edit them all to have quotes around them?
 
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Generally, in XP, the quotes are unnecessary. But as you discovered, if there is a space anyplace in the path, the OS sometimes doesn't know where the line ends and reads only up to the space.

You can try putting quotes around any that you don't already know are starting properly, or that you don't recognize.

This may be a good time to turn off some of those startup programs that you don't need to have running in the background all the time. These references will help identify any that you are unsure about:
http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/
http://www.processlibrary.com/
http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/
http://www.windowsstartup.com/wso/browse.php?l=1
http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm
http://www.3feetunder.com/krick/startup/list.html
http://www.djbdesigns.com/wtvzone/startup.html
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
http://answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm
 

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Hey, Elvandil. I did this one last night as well and it cleared up that problem. Thanks again for the advice. I appreciate it.
 
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