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Missing dfs.vxd device file

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My system runs Windows 98. Every time that I boot up my PC, I get the following message:

"Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application. The Windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists. If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program. If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file.

Press [ENTER] to continue"

I have no idea what application was removed that caused this file to be "missing"...and if the application was removed, why does the system still need to see this particular file? After I press the [ENTER] key my system finishes booting up and I have no problems thereafter.

Is there any way to stop this issue from occuring upon initial system boot up?
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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 Windows 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 98 CD then reboot.

When it has loaded to the desktop, click start, programmes accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then run disc defragmenter from system tools

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