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03-04-2002, 04:33 PM
on bootup of win98 Dos message onlefthand side of screen
Invalid Path,Not Diretorsor Directory not Empty.
How do I delete these lines.
Had deletd programs and defraged HDD.
Win 98 boots to screen no problem.
Did search on Win Trouble shutter but no help there.

03-04-2002, 07:26 PM
Have you removed a program lately as it sounds like something has been left in the 'Autoexec.bat' or 'Config.sys' files. They are both in the root directory ie 'C:\'. Go there and right click on the autoexec.bat file and choose edit and have a look there. If you have no joy there got to file open and open config.sys. If you can't see it you will need to show all files via explorer and the view menu item.

03-04-2002, 07:33 PM
A better way of opening those files is going into Run and typing Sysedit

Autoexec and Config will be in Windows you can choose from. You'll need to know which programs are causing you the problems or which lines are and remove them.

04-04-2002, 04:32 PM
Hi thanks foe info have tried but still the Dos lines Invalid path on screen
Run syedit and deleted all files
On reboot Invalid path still there

04-04-2002, 04:56 PM
Caveat: I am not a Windows expert. But I have used DOS since 1984.

This looks as if you have deleted a directory which some programme or batch file normally deletes at boot time. (It is *badly* programmed, because it should not try to delete something without checking that it actually exists.)

Try to think of some directory which you deleted yourself. Might be C:\TEMP or something like that. Or something less obvious ;<) . Does the error message tell you the name of the problem directory? If you can think of a name, create that thing:
'MD C:\path\name'.

Or use the OS search for 'del C:\' with the 'Contains Text' option.

Can you in Win98 start slowly: one task at a time? That might suggest which element is giving the fault.

04-04-2002, 09:06 PM
Hi Graham
Thanks for details to remove this DoS files.
Have had one trial at using start slowly : one task at a time. but no idea should I answer Yes or No to accept.
As list of VXD, etc could efect the next Win 98 boot up.

Can I find the standard files that are listed for a correct setup?
Then I can do step by step as you stated.

05-04-2002, 06:32 PM
Have solved this problem message via
Find Winstart.bat rename Winstart.bat file Winstart.old
Reboot Error Message gone.
Boots to win 98 no problem