All programs go through A:\ first and invalid directory errors

Posted on 2002-03-18
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Ok, this is really weird. ANY icon I click on my tool bar, desktop or try to open straight from the .exe file in its folder in programs routes through the A:\ ...what Im tring to say is that drive is being accessed initially at the start up of all programs.
Then on top of that any icon I click on my bottom left hand tool bar (such as my explorer icon)will give me a "the directory name is invalid" error...but it works if access from my desk top. Unfortunately either location searches my A:\ drive first. Although everything on the bottom RIGHT side is fine opens just fine and doesnt go through the A:\.
As far as I know, the only recent changes were the installation of (and immediate uninstall, since it interfered with my digital camera)Arc soft photostudio 3.0.
Any ideas appreciated, thanks!
Question by:Carli
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trekie1 earned 100 total points
ID: 6878395
start/programs/accessorys/sys tools/scandisk     run that and check the box to fix all errors and reboot and see if that helps
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also try
boot into the command promt.
Type scanreg /restore
see if a registry is backed up dated prior to the problem and restore that registry.

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If you have McAfee tryin uninstalling it.

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ID: 6878962
Thanks everyone! I ran scan disk, it didnt find any errors, I restored my old registry, nothing, then I shut down, nothing. I got mad, shut it down again, glared at it menacingly and that time when I rebooted it was all fine! I dont get it, lol. Sooo, I have no idea what the problem was or what fixed it, or if it will be a recurring problem. So I suppose my question has kind of changed to "what happened?"
Would something like that be likely to be a harddrive problem? or something else?
Thanks again!
btw, I dont have McAffee, butI do have Norton antivirus and Ghost (which I havent ever used, but I have a disk)
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thats just windows for ya carli    happened the other nite on mine :>)
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may have been the menacing glare that did it :>))))

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Yeah, I must have just had to show it who's boss!! LOL
Well, Trekie and Glenn yours was the last thing I did to it, so you get the points. Maybe it worked some MMV (Mysterious Microsoft Voodoo). At the very least you reminded me to defrag, lol. Ill give this to Trekie since he was the first response, and Ill leave some separate for Glenn.
Thanks again everyone!
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anytime Carli     thanks  James

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