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By cruncher_1 ·
I asked when it worked last. Everything worked before they ran inbox repair tool. Now when windows 98 (not SE) starts, I counted 16 beeps. When the desktop comes up all the icons are white rectangles with a blue title bar. Double click any program icon and the message "is not a valid Win32 application." appears. The first part of each message is the path to the appropriate executable.

If I go into safe mode there are no beeps, the desktop comes up the same way, but the error messages are allthe same.

My guess is that when they ran the inbox repair, several system files were corrupted and the quickest way to fix it is a reinstall.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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not a valid Win32 application

by Pinoy_Teknik In reply to not a valid Win32 applica ...

Run first some System File Checker to make sure.
and run SCANREG /RESTORE if you back-up your registry

If nothing happen...
Go on reinstall it. Its nice to work with a fresh system..

SYRUPHIN?

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by techsupport In reply to not a valid Win32 applica ...

I'm assuming they had major problems, or they wouldn't have run inbox repair. And I'm assuming they compressed or the Win 32 app wouldn"t come up.
Inbox repair doesn't work well with compressed files, in fact nothing does. I wish they had never come up with it.
I believe a reinstall is the best bet, you can probably save any old files that are needed. Good luck, Jesse

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not a valid Win32 application

by Gigelul In reply to not a valid Win32 applica ...

Maybe you find some detail in log file:

<Saves a detailed record of the errors found while scanning this file in a separate .log file. This file is stored in the same location as the file you scanned and has the same name but a different extension. >

If not reinstall the OS. In most of the cases a successful install results after you delete Program files and Windows directory.

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by Gigelul In reply to not a valid Win32 applica ...

If you make a new install:
-copy Win98 KIT on HDD
-restart computer, press F8 and chose <command prompt only>
-run <deltree progra~1>
-run <deltree windows>
-cd Win98 KIT
-setup
All your data will be OK, but you must reinstall all applictions

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not a valid Win32 application

by dmiles In reply to not a valid Win32 applica ...

It is basically related to corrupt files or folders,programs that are loaded which are not 32 bit application executables
By not knowing which programs or files that may be causing the error,you may be will have to reload the operating system
The system most likely has compressed files or a program that has 16 bit application drivers installed.

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by maxwell edison In reply to not a valid Win32 applica ...

As stated in earlier replies, reinstalling the software may indeed be the only (at least the best) resolution to this problem.

However, before I reformatted and repartitioned to proceed with a fresh installation, I'd attempt to simply reload Windows over itself. In this case, there are most likely only a few files that became corrupted, and installing Windows over itself could replace those corrupted files while, at the same time, keep all program and data files intact.

Good luck,

Maxwell

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