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Win98 startup is failing

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Ladies and gentlemen, how do!

I am suffering from a similar Win98 problem to one described in other threads. ;)

The message "EXPLORER caused fault in module EXPLORER.EXE at 015f:0040393c" :tazz:

What is immediately different from my error message compared to all those others is that the first 4 digits are different. All the other errors which I have read in the other threads start with one of the 3 followings sets of 4 digits: "0000", "0002" or "0167". ;)

It would be very helpful if someone could, in laymans terms, explain the meaning of these digits and whether or not the different values are significant in differentiating errors. ;)

But I digress. ;)

The error itself appears after Windows98 appears to have successfully loaded. I am then faced with the logon screen. Irrespective of whether I choose "OK", "Cancel" or click the "x" in the top right hand corner the system goes on to display this message and then just hangs. ;)

No new software has been added recently.

I have attempted some of the fixes described in other threads in the hope that even though the message number was different the error may have been the same.

So I have

a.) replaced the EXPLORER.EXE with the Win98 disk version
b.) replaced the SHDOCVW.DLL with the Win98 disk version
c.) searched for the possibility of the Reign.AK virus/trojan by checking for the existence of the c:/windows/system/zztp directory

None of the above have worked. ;)

I would appreciate any light or help on this matter.

Kind regards to one and all,
Arthur Pendragon - King of the Britons
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