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Can't find startup source

On bootup in W98, on the DOS screen, I get the following message:

rmdir c:\program~1\Hewlett~1\laserj~1\uninstal~1\2200.

Yes, I had to uninstall, reinstall HP drivers the other day and obviously in the process an instruction got left behind. I checked the directory referred to above. It's the uninstall program for the driver and software, which I think I should keep. All I want to do is elminate this line/instructions.

I thought it might be in the registry and searched the registry, using two engines, for the word *rmdir.* Got nothing. Checked Autoexec.bat and Config...nothing there.

Where could this instruction be issuing from?
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normanml
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stevenlewisCommented:
check your hard drive for a file name wininit.ini (c:\windows)
if found, rename to wininit,old
reboot and check
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
No wininit.ini anywhere on the drive.
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lidskyCommented:
You'll  probably find that line in  C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT or C:\CONFIG.SYS
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stevenlewisCommented:
OK, since w98 doesn't need the autoexec.bat or the config.sys to boot
go to start -->run and type
msconfig, uncheck first the autoexec.bat
reboot
if it is still there, recheck it, and uncheck the config.sys
reboot
if still there, check your win.ini, and system.ini
it won't be in the reg, because you haven't loaded the reg in the dos text part of the boot
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stevenlewisCommented:
also the autoexec.bat can call another bat file during boot
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Trust me, folks, please. It's not autoexec.bat. And it's not config.sys. See my original post and:

Autoexec.bat:
@ECHO OFF
SET BLASTER=A220 I7 D1 H7 P330 T6
REM [Header]
REM [CD-ROM Drive]
REM [Miscellaneous]
REM [Display]
PATH c:\windows;c:\windows\COMMAND;C:\;C:\UV;C:\XY
ECHO OFF C:\ATI\M64VBE ACC 4
REM C:\UV\UV
REM SET BLASTXX=AXXX IXX DX HX PXXX T6
SET SBPCI=C:\SBPCI
SET Path=%Path%;"C:\ProgramFiles\ExecutiveSoftware\Diskeeper\"

and....

Config.sys
REM [Header]
REM == PISETUP Begin Delete ==  
REM  == PISETUP End Delete ==  
REM [CD-ROM Drive]
REM [Miscellaneous]
REM [Display]
REM DEVICE=C:\UV\UVSVAREA.SYS
REM DEVICE=C:\UV\ANSI-UV.SYS
DEVICE=C:\Windows\himem.sys
DEVICE=C:\Windows\EMM386.EXE RAM
DOS=HIGH,UMB

I'll parse win.ini and system.ini right now. Just to be clear about the sequence, which might help troubleshooting: Boot screen=Gateway logo etc, then a Win logo screen, then the dos screen with the rmdir message, then the LAN dialog, then etc.
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stevenlewisCommented:
>>then a Win logo screen
OK, so it has already loaded the autoexec.bat and config.sys by then :-)
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stevenlewisCommented:
just on the off chance, no file named winstart.bat?
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stevenlewisCommented:
another place to check is go to start -->run and type
msinfo32
then go to software environment, startup porgrams, and see if anything is listed there
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Bingo! It was in a file called WINSTART.BAT, which had one line:

rmdir C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\LASERJ~1\UNINST~1\2200

File looks like it was created when I was installing and uninstalling drivers.

So...do I need this file?
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stevenlewisCommented:
no, rename it, winstart.old
reboot and check
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Worked fine. Last question, please: Was it created by WIN or do apps create it; i.e. is it needed and if it is again, will the app or process recreate it? Meanwhile, thanks very much.
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stevenlewisCommented:
the app created it, but it shouldn't recreate it (created during setup)
Glad I could help :-)
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normanmlAuthor Commented:
Thanks, again.
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