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Win98 Can't rename or delete folders!!

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When I try to delete or rename a folder in Win98, I get the following error message: "Explorer cause an invalid page fault in unknown". Sometimnes I get the message fault in kernel32.dll. I can rename or delete from DOS ok but Windows crashes everytime I try. I can delete or rename files ok, it's just folders (directories) that seem to be the problem. Recycle bin won't delete folders either, only files!
I've run virusscan with the latest dat files, installed a known good version of explorer.exe, defragged, scandisk, turned off all progs running in background, ran SFC, etc. MS knowledge base has no refs to this problem either.

Major Software installed:
Corel 7, Office 2000, AutoCad v12, IE5.0.

Any ideas would be appreciated short of reinstalling Win98.

Thanks

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Question by:sumyunguyz
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by:centerv
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You can try ro repair IE5 by going to add/remove
click on MS IE5 and tools
click add/remove and choose repair.

You can try to repair and/or restore the registry.

Boot to dos and at prompt type

scanreg/fix   or

scanreg/restore

pick one far enough back that you think is good, and restore.

Don't have total faith that it will work without reinstalling  win98.

If you reinstall over itself, pick the custom option so that you don't install anything you dont want.

centerv





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by:kimozoft
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i really don´t think it is a good idea to reinstall windows without deleting the old one totally, your win could be very unstable when doing that.
easiest way to delete entire windows and its apps is to use Nortoncommander for DOS.
Remember to make a startup disk.
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by:foulc
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sumyunguyz ,

I dont think you need to reinstall win98.
Your problem may cause by the file inside folder , or that may be cause by folder crosslink. You better try deltree in Ms-Dos and see if that is OK.

-Holy
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Spearmon earned 280 total points
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try replacing shell32.dll this is the file that handles all file operations via shfiloperation this file is probly your problem allthough i havnt heard this one before so im not completely sure but it couldnt hurt be sure to do this from dos and to first unregister the old file
EG: regsvr32.exe /u shell32.dll
then once deleted and replaced register the new file
EG: regsvr32.exe shell32.dll hope this helps
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by:sumyunguyz
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Thank you Spearmon.. This was the one I needed.
God bless you.
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