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Can't open any files

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by mabelmabel, Oct 9, 2003.

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  1. mabelmabel

    mabelmabel Thread Starter

    Oct 8, 2003
    I have windows 98 on my laptop. I brought a disc home from work that used windows 2000. Even though I erased all the files from that disc, I can't get into ANY file I ever created on my computer and I can't create any new files.

    When I try to open a file I get the message that the computer has performed an illegal operation. But that's only after I have gotten hung up forever while the computer tries to open the file.
    (I have to hit control/alt/delete to get out of that).

    I don't think it is a virus because I have virus protection and the disc came from a government computer that should be clean.

    Help would be so appreciated!

  2. Linkmaster


    Aug 11, 2001
    Hi mabelmabel, Welcome to TSG !!
    When you try to open a file, from the floppy?? or any file on your pc??
    Did you erase it on your pc?
    Did you scan the floppy before you erased it??
    Make sure your antivirus is updated and run it!! Manually!
  3. mabelmabel

    mabelmabel Thread Starter

    Oct 8, 2003
    I can't open any documents on my computer, not just those on the disk or those created by the disk.

    I did erase all the files created by the disk, too.

    I'll try and run virus protection again.

    Thanks for your fast response.

    I'm so frustrated!
  4. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    Have you rebooted after encountering this problem? I've seen it on my Win98 system when trying to view files created by Easy CD Creator on my XP system. For some reason Direct CD doesn't cause it.

    If the problem is persisting after a reboot, try this: Click Start>Shutdown>Restart in MS-DOS mode. At the c:\windows> prompt enter:

    scanreg /restore and use your arrow keys to selct a started registry dated just prior to this happening from the first 4 selections.
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