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I'm trying to Install Quicktime v3.0 on my Win 98 machine. I upgraded from Win 3.1 with Win32 to Windows 98.  When I run the install program it fails and I get the error "WinExec failed return=161".  Does anyone know what this means and how to cure it?
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I think that you have a program running that is intefering with the install.

Just open up the close program window by pressing Ctrl, Alt, Delete.  End Task on everything except Explorer.  Then try to install

Or try holding down the shift key and restarting the computer. Thne go into the close program window and end task on any program that might still be running.

Or (and I think they easiest way) go into System information (under system tools.  Go to the tools menu and select System Configuration Utility.  Select the startup tab.  You will get a listing of programs that auto start when you start windows.  Just take the check mark out of each one of them (this wont hurt a thing).  Then restart windows.  Go ahead and try to install.  If you want your sytem back the way it was just go back in and put the chack marks back in and restart windows.
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What actually worked was installing the software in my general account of Win 98 which doesn't have all the fancy software I use in my personal account.  That suggestion put me on the correct track however, thanks.
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