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"C:WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications" ?!#*??

Greetings,

Lately the following error message has been popping up, specifically when I try to install any kind of new software or driver:

C:WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose "Close" to terminate the application."

Followed by a "Close" and an "Ignore" button.

Can anyone tell me what this means in plain English, and what I should do about it?

regards,

stevenjs
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Restore a backup copy of this file.  Or copy it from another XP computer.  Something has gotten screwed up in yours.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You should be able to find a backup copy on your system in C:\windows\repair - do not MOVE this file, but COPY it to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32
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gecko_au2003Commented:
Here is a PAQ which will be of use to you :

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21080105.html

It explains how to expand / extract it from your windows xp cd !
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gecko_au2003Commented:
Here is the article that was suggested in that PAQ :

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324767
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
Leew,

Thank you. I found the file in c:\windows\repair but it does not exist in c:\windows\system32, are you sure it belongs there?

Thanks gecko, if a simple fix doesn't work, I'll try the CD.

stevenjs
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gecko_au2003Commented:
ok that is fair enough. I would recomend the cd though because generally viruses are stored in the system restore area, which virus scanners as far as I am aware can not scan.

Hence the reason for me disabling system restore. Also if you use the one from the cd, you have piece of mind that it is the original and that it will work :)

Yes it belongs there just to answer your question, I mean look at the title of your question ;) wink wink
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
Yes, but I'm very literal-minded, and not "being suitable" is not the same as "missing," and there are other auto_somethingOrothers in the System 32 file.

Anyway, the install wizard works now, at least initially, then gives an error and the dread "Windows must close this application" etc message appears.

Any ideas on that? I'm going to try the installation again.

stevenjs
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The error message says that's where it belongs, so stands to reason that's where it belongs.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
And remember your dealing with computer programmers.  Since when do programmers - ESPECIALLY at Microsoft, provide useful and ACCURATE error messages?
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gecko_au2003Commented:
what about going to start --> run and typing :

sfc /scannow

Make sure you have your windows xp cd to hand :)

Make sure your files are all ok and in tact

If that doesn't work, then I would suggest running a virus scan and spyware scans using :

AVG Free edition ( www.grisoft.com)

Spy sweeper ( www.webroot.com

Free online virus scan ( http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ )

As a last resort do a windows xp repair install

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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stevenjsAuthor Commented:
I think there is a problem with the app I am trying to install, as well as the other problem.

I just installed some other apps without any error message or the installation process being terminated.

Thanks for the help.

regards,

stevenjs
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gecko_au2003Commented:
Your welcome, thanks for the points and grade !
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