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Microsoft KB Archive/103014

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NT Err Msg: Cannot Find <APP.EXE> Specified in the WIN.INI...


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows NT Server version 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server, version 3.1

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to reinstall Windows NT to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.


When logging on to Windows NT, the following error message may appear:

Cannot find file <APP.EXE> specified in the WIN.INI (or one of its components); check to ensure that the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.


With Windows NT, some 16-bit Windows-based applications may write specific executable instructions to the Run= and Load= lines in the WIN.INI file. These entries are translated into Registry entries by Windows NT. If an application has been deleted from the system, there may still be information about the program stored in the Windows NT Registry.


To eliminate this error message, remove registry information for the deleted application. To locate the Run and Load line entries in the Registry, open the Registry Editor (REGEDT32.EXE). Under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER Key, use the following path:

\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

To remove any entries on these lines pertaining to the deleted application, open the entry and remove any references to the deleted application.

Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords : kb3rdparty kbinterop
Issue type :
Technology : kbWinNTsearch kbWinNTWsearch kbWinNTW310 kbWinNTSsearch kbWinNTS310 kbWinNTAdvSerSearch kbWinNTAdvServ310 kbWinNTS310xsearch kbWinNT310xSearch kbWinNTW310Search

Last Reviewed: October 27, 2000
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