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I recently upgraded Win95 to Win98. I get an error at startup (when all application programs are loaded), saying that msdtcw performed an illegal operation and will be shutdown. Details say:

MSDTCW caused an invalid page fault in
module <unknown> at 0000:efefefef.
Registers:
EAX=81626b7c CS=015f EIP=efefefef EFLGS=00010202
EBX=000000ef SS=0167 ESP=00d9ff0c EBP=efefefef
ECX=c14d2be0 DS=0167 ESI=004156b0 FS=220f
EDX=bffc9490 ES=0167 EDI=efefefef GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:

Stack dump:
7f8918cc 004156b0 00d9ff6c c14e1a60 7f89186b 00000000 bff85046 004156b0 c14e1a60 000000c0 00000000 00000001 00000000 00000000 00000001 81623ca8

What's the problem and how can I solve it?
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Sounds like you have Personal Web Server loaded on the PC.

You may want to try the following (This may have to be done via Safe mode if you can't boot normally)

Start the Registry Editor, which is normally c:\windows\regedit.exe.  Locate the Key shown below.

HKEY-LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices

Locate and select the String MSDTC and right mouse click and select Modify.   Edit the value from MSDTCW -start to MSDTCW


If you still get the error message, I would recommend uninstalling PWS from the Add/Remove programs icon in the Control Panel and reinstalling it.

Craig

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by:vendrig
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Mmm, PWS mysteriously disappeared in one of my last Win95 sessions. Un/reinstall did cause the error to go away. Do you happen to know how I can start PWS again, because running PWS.EXE and pressing start doesn't result in any action.
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