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Windows 98 opens multiple windows

By csturnbull ·
My colleague is having problems where for no apparent reason Windows 98 will open numerous windows,all blank and some witb no means of minimizing or closing them.Some of these won't even maximize and are really only small title bars.He has to re-boot to get rid and this happens again without repeating the same operation.
This makes the computer almost unusable.
Anyone any ideas

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Windows 98 opens multiple windows

by chattn In reply to Windows 98 opens multipl ...

hmmm...have you ruled out viruses?

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Windows 98 opens multiple windows

by csturnbull In reply to Windows 98 opens multipl ...

I should have mentioned that that the hard drive was scanned with Housecall

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Windows 98 opens multiple windows

by gbworld In reply to Windows 98 opens multipl ...

Common causes:

1. A virus is loose on this computer. If so, geta virus scanner and scan the drive.
2. There are a group of items in the startup folder. If so, clear them from the start up directory.
3. Some program has placed garbage in the registry. This will be under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Be careful when you delete from here that you do not delete programs you want to run at start.

The windows can probably still be closed by clicking Control+Alt+Delete and choosing the correct process. If nothing else, it will help narrow down the errant program.

Gregory A. Beamer
MCP: +I, SE, SD, DBA

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Windows 98 opens multiple windows

by csturnbull In reply to Windows 98 opens multipl ...

The garbage in the registry helped me as I found out that my friend had interupted a defrag in some way or other.He ran Regclean and the problem seemed to disappear.Don't know why or how.
Thanks
Clive

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