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Specified COMMAND search directory bad

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When I boot my computer the last couple of days, at the end of the boot, I get an MS-DOS Prompt open window that says:

Specified COMMAND search directory bad
Too many parameters
Too many parameters
Too many parameters

I click this window closed and I don't see it again until the next boot.  The computer works fine, but this is a nuisance.  Any idea(s) where this came from?

Thanks, Bill Bradnan
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by:hewittg
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Wm,


The directory containing COMMAND.COM has been damaged or is incorrect.


Have you run scandisk on your machine.  

Before running scandisk, I would recommend you have a good bootdisk for your machine.

Let us know what happens.

Hope it helps

Glenn
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Patricia Siu-Lai Ho earned 100 total points
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At start-run, type "msconfig" without the quotation and OK to open the system configuration utility. At the Startup tab, inspect if you have any additional startup programs that is the suspect.
Uncheck all of them except followings: -
ScanRegistry
TaskMonitor
SystemTray
LoadPowerProfile (2 checkboxes)
Restart the computer. Observe if the message has gone.
Then checked each one by one again to identify the source.
pslh
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by:hewittg
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Wm

Also run the sfc program.

Start
run
sfc

Hope it helps.
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by:dew_associates
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Bill, click Start, then Find, Files and Folders and search for Config.sys and Autoexec.bat. Rename Config.sys to Config.old and then Autoexec.bat to Autoexec.old and the reboot and check the system. Does it still appear?
Dennis
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by:WmABradnan
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Only one of the above suggestions worked, namely that of pslh, which I tried last, because it's the most complicated.  I am now in the process of identifying the exact module causing the problem.  

Thanks, pslh, Bill Bradnan.
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by:WmABradnan
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Sunday, 03/05/00, 1700h EST

The exact module causing this problem was 'C:\Program Files\PowerQuest MagicMover\PQInit.exe, a Registry entry which I had remarked out, because at the end of every boot, I was getting an open PowerQuest folder with icons for their programs, PartitionMagic5 and DriveImage2.  So, remarking out this line in the registry solved the first problem, but introduced the second.  

So, should I delete this line instead of remarking it out?  Or will that cause another problem?  I'd offer points to answer this question, too, but I can't find a place to do that with an answered question.  

Thanks, Bill Bradnan.  
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Just remark it out or delete both Bill!
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by:Patricia Siu-Lai Ho
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Bill Bradnan,
Since the PQInit.exe is the shortcut to call for the PowerQuest Startup Utility. If deleted, there is no adverse effect.

Normally, you can just disable it by unchecked the box.

If you have met difficulties to delete it, just ask.       pslh
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