Stopping it

On bootup, I'm getting a message, on the DOS screen, that a file is missing. It is, but I want to go into the registry and find the key that is producing the messege, but the message does not stay on the screen long enough to get it all. How do you feeze the screen for a moment to read the messege?
normanmlAsked:
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dxf224Commented:
top rhs of keyboard ...press the pause key
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dxf224Commented:
to resume boot, press  one of the the three keys on lhs of space bar.  On mine, it's the windows key, but it could be ctrl or alt key, as I vaguely recollect.
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blue_zeeCommented:

The command may be in the file "autoexec.bat".

Try Start > Run > type SYSEDIT and press enter.

Zee
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Well, pause pauses it, but ctrl and/or alt won't get you back. Had to shut down and restart. Maybe Ctrl-break does it? Anyway, also checked the autoexec file. No line there. Here's what the message says: rmdir c:\program~1\Hewlett~1\laserj~1\uninstal~1\2200.

Invalid path, not directory or directory not empty. Is that command being issued from the registry? I take it rmdir means remove directory?
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blue_zeeCommented:

Have you recently uninstalled an HP laserjet?

Zee
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blue_zeeCommented:

Does the directory exist in your system?
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blue_zeeCommented:

The easiest way to solve the problem:

Empty the contents of the folder c:\program~1\Hewlett~1\laserj~1\uninstal~1\2200 and reboot.

If the directory doesn't exist, just recreate it and reboot.

Zee
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Zee,
The directory exists and I think I want to keep it. It's HP's uninstaller. Yes, I had lost my LPT1 and had a helluva of time installing and uninstalling drivers to get it back. Somewhere along the way the rmdir etc was issued. Question is: what's issuing it?
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blue_zeeCommented:

The "rmdir" command is usually created by software uninstall processes obviously to delete the directory where that software was installed.

I am not 100% sure where it is located, but you could try searching the registry for "rmdir" or look in these keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Once
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run-Disabled
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

Hope these may help.

Zee
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
I'll give it a try, Zee. Thanks. Figured if autoexec was generating the message, it had to be the registry. I use JV16 Power Tools to edit and remove a key because it always make a backup that's a snap to restore. I'll report the results.
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blue_zeeCommented:

I hope I'm right, you clicked the Accept button before testing it...

Fingers crossed.

Zee
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Well, no, actually, but that's okay. Searched Registry with two different engines and can't find the text string *rmdir*. What do you suggest?
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blue_zeeCommented:

You can ask to reopen the question in:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/

Try this:

Start > Run > type MSCONFIG and press enter

Check under the startup tab and see if you can locate the culprit (untick and reboot).

Zee
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blue_zeeCommented:

Do you have the HP drivers disk/CD?

Uninstall again and reboot.

The error message should vanish.

Reinstall the drivers.

Zee
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