Device files missing
Posted on 2002-07-23
For the past week, whenever I open my Win98 computer, I receive the following message:
“Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a windows application.
The windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists.
If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using the uninstall or setup program.
If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file… Press a key to continue”.
When I start my computer, the message appears twice requiring my attention each time.. It first referring to Vredir.vxd then again referring to dfs.vxd.
Using the ”find” command, I am unable to find either of these files, either on my hard disc, or In my windows CD. Other files with the sxd ending are in Windows\Systems files, Anti-virus files, and related files including backups. I previously uninstalled the Norton AV programs, but the “find” command indicates some of its folders are still in my machine.
I am unable to find an uninstal command for W98 on the W98 CD, startup disk, or in the Control Panel inst/uninstal.
I have tried the following with no success:
Finding & replacing the missing files.
Starting computer with Windows98 CD in drive - error messages appeared same as starting from hard disc..
Startingcomputer with a floppy “emergency disk”. Worked, but no help. The error messages did not appear.
There no indications of conflicts in Systems\Device Manager.
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