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By argo ·
I have been using Windows 98 (the first edition) on my PC at home since October 1998 without any troubles -- until last week (yes I know I've been lucky). I was using my 3COM video camera and was opening JPG images I had made a few weeks earlier tocompress them for selling things on eBay. Well, I got a blue screen GPF, rebooted and reminded myself that I only have 48MB of memory and should only keep 2 or 3 files open at the same time.

Then last week, for some reason, WordPad stopped working. Everytime I try to open a WordPad document, I get the error, "Failed to create empty document." I have spent about three hours at Microsoft's site trying to find the answer. I used the ScanReg /fix DOS utility. I removed the WordPad key from the registry (as suggested in a Microsoft help file from their Knowledgebase). I removed WordPad using the Add/Remove utility in the Windows control panel and then added it back. I did a search at 3Com and found nothing about this error. I also have tried to get help from the CNet.com forums to no avail. How can I solve this seemingly little problem? Is there any way to reload Windows without loosing all of my data files?

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by DKlippert In reply to WordPad Failed to create ...

Check for the Nimda Internet Worm.
One source for a removal tool is:

www.centralcommand.com/sept19.html

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by argo In reply to WordPad Failed to create ...

Thank you very, very much! It was indeed the Nimda worm. I used the free download from Central Command and all is well again. I indeed received a blank Email with an attachment about two weeks ago. I deleted it from Outlook, yet I'm not aware ofany way to delete a single message without highlighting it and, alas opening its virus. Most irritating!

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by Ann777 In reply to WordPad Failed to create ...

Delete all Temporary Internet Files, all *.tmp, do a scandisk and a defrag. Seee if those resolve the problem.

If they don't, then I recommend you go ahead and delete or erase wordpad.exe and re-install Windows on top of the current installation. It will not overwrite any of your programs... it will just replace any missing files (wordpad.exe).

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