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Program Files location problem

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i have a weird problem that is this....
whenever i boot up my AMDK6-2 350 PC, the folder "c:\program" window is opened...its not in the startup folder, or mentioned anywhere in the registry...Now, some programs say that they can't find a file called "c:\program\" which i think means that some program or something i installed has changed the location of the "Program Files" folder to something other than C:\Program Files
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by:wileym
ID: 1646275
Edited text of question
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by:bartsmit
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Did you have a look at win.ini? It can load things at startup in the load and run lines.
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by:wileym
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yep, i have found no trace of it in the registry, system.ini, and win.ini
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by:wileym
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yep, i have found no trace of it in the registry, system.ini, and win.ini
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by:sysedco
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Here is the registry location where it stores the "Program Files" folder. Check to verify that it is set to C:\Program Files

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

in this key look at:

ProgramFilesDir

it should equal C:\Program Files

BTW: HKLM = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Hope that helps.

tom
tom@sysedco.com
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by:sysedco
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also check the 'ProgramFilesPath' entry in the location mentioned above

-tom
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by:wileym
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I tried this and it still says c:\Program Files in the registry,
i have no idea what it could be. It also doesn't always open when i start windows, just occasionally.
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by:sysedco
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I am assuming that you searched the registry for the exact files that it's saying it can't find - correct?

-tom
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by:wileym
ID: 1646283
thats correct, i have virtually found no trace of this folder on my computer at all...
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MasseyM earned 50 total points
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install TweakUI and make sure that the proper folder is listed there...

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by:wileym
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basically exactly the same thing had been suggseted previously,  anyway it also didn't work
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