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I have a Dell with Windows 98 2nd Edition which starts up OK except it looks as if it is in safe mode when my desktop appears. While starting up, however, I get a message: Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application. The windows registry or SYSTEM.INI filerefers 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, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file. C:PROGRA~1MCAFEEMCAFEE~2SAFE&S~1FBWIN95.VXD Press a key to continue I have had no success with trying to correct this.

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Hi mnewo1, after you finish loading windows (you might have to start Safe Mode by pressing F8 at the begining of the boot process), click on start - Run - and type "regedit" (without the qoutes).And click con Find (under edit menu) and type MCAFEE and click on search. You will find several files or access pointing to the file. Delete all the keys. **BE CAREFUL** If you dont do this carefuly you WILL damage the Windows. If you still have the same problem, check the system.ini under C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 - you may have to set the folder settings to view hidden files and folders ( under tools - folder options - view) but i doubt you'll find it there, bu then again, it's Windows 98. I hope this helps.
P.S: You may try an automatic registry cleaner, meaning it searchs the registry for deleted files but I dont know if supports Windows 98 - the name is Glary Utilities.

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Thank you for your query

Please can try the following

1) Click Start>Run
2) type in msconfig, and then click on the startup tab
3) Remove any ticks/checks which has the mention of mcafee in there
4) click OK and then restart

This will hopefully take the error message away


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