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I just recently had a major problem with my HP Pavilion PC, took it into a local computer repair place. They saved my files and programs, and did a reformat on it. Yay! Only one weird thing is going on. About 4 or 5 times now I've notice a strange item on my desktop. It is a piece of paper with a folded upper right hand corner, and the Windows logo on it. Below it there is no name, just this symbol ~ Just a page with a folded corner with the Windows Logo on it and below it, as a name ~
I'm going to try to copy what I see on my desktop so you can see it. I've been just trashing them so far, but now it have happened so often, I'm hoping to have someone shed some light on it. What do you think it might be.
Nope, don't know how to copy it and then paste it here.
It doesn't load at startup, only comes later in the day after using the pc for awhile. I've placed it in my docs, but don't know how to show it here. Any ideas as to what this is that keeps landing on my desktop? Thanks for you time.
 
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Perhaps you haven't got the 'patch for the patch' following your rebuild. Maybe a visit to Windows Update will help?

Then again it probably won't because that patch is probably not classified as Critical, which is all we '98 ers get now.
 
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I don't use Outlook Express so I'm not sure, but the patch you need (assuming that article is right about what causes the ~) seems to depend on what version of OE you have, 5 SP2, 6 or 6 SP1.

This issue was only rated as Moderate for the Affected Sofware listed in the Bulletin, so It was always up to users as to whether they bothered to install it or not. I don't know for certain but I guess that this patch will apply successfully to 98 but, if you have doubts, you could try the workaround suggested in the article instead.

I have OE 5 because I have never used it and so have never updated it, which is probably why I didn't get the original 2003 patch, never mind the later one!.
 

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I'm still working on this prob of the ~ symbol. How can I know which Outlook express I have in order to download a patch for this? I've already rt clicked on the OE on my desktop, but it gives no details about the version, etc. Is there a place in My Computor to look for the info on OE?? Thanks
 
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When I open OE I get a splash screen that says it's version 5. To be certain just open your OE, click 'Help' then 'About MS OE' and you should see the details there.

My full version number is 5.00.2919.6600 so that 94 patch presumably doesn't apply to my version, even if I was interested in applying it (which I'm not)..
 

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Thanks for the info on OE. I went to a site to get the update for mine, which is a OE v6.0, but when I tried to install the download, it says it's for XP, and I have Win 98SE. Any thoughts? I wonder if there is a download somewhere for Win 98 SE.
 
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MS support for 98 and ME is limited to Critical patches, and this ~ problem wasn't even Critical when it was first discovered, so the patch will not refer to 98 because, as far as MS are concerned, 98 no longer exists. As I said earlier, it is possible that it is still OK to use with 98 but you would have to choose whether to take the chance.

It is a faint possibility that the later patch for 98 may still be available via the MS Catalog site or one of the other sites that specialises in keeping old OS's going. I'll have a look around and see what I can find.

Meanwhile you might want to look again at the suggestion about copying the Address Book backup to a floppy and then deleting it from your Desktop. Better still, use another email client.
 
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