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Had problem aprox. two months ago. I had downloaded "Abiword" program and Driver for HP Deskjet 612C and shortly after I had a problem with explorer. I would hang up on desktop with message, "This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." Eventually I had to do a reinstall Windows 98Se to solve the problem. Could this have been a result of Abiword conflicting with Wordpad, or could the printer driver have compromised my memory? I can't get Wordpad to print or display OE attachments and a technician advised me to use Abiword. Is there a safe way to download programs without interfering with Explorer.?
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Check Wordpad after this

This will rebuild rather than restore the registry and also replace missing or corrupt system files

Boot the PC and keep tapping F8 right after the beep until you get options, select command prompt only, type scanreg.exe /fix then press enter, it will run through a few screens then say registry repaired. Press enter then press ctrl + alt + delete keys together to reboot.

When it has loaded, click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools, system information, tools then run system file checker and replace any files it asks for from the 98SE CD then reboot.

If no change, look at Open Office

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