Article ID: 193903
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Windows 98 and Windows Me Error Message Resource Center
When you start your Windows 98-based computer, you may receive the
following error message:
Windows encountered an error accessing the system registry. Windows
will restart and repair the system registry for you.
If you then click OK, you may receive the following error message:
Explorer caused an invalid page fault in module Kernel32.dll at
This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shutdown.
Also, if you then click Details, you may receive one of the following
Explorer caused an exception 6d007eh in module explorer.exe at
Error loading Explorer.exe. You must reinstall Windows.
Visual C++ Runtime Library Error. Program C:\<%windir%>\Scanregw.exe,
R6016, not enough space for thread data.
Note that this behavior may not occur in Safe Mode.
This behavior can occur if the disk that contains the Windows swap file
does not have sufficient free disk space.
To resolve this behavior, determine which disk contains the swap file, and
then increase the free disk space on the swap file disk. To do so, follow
- Restart your computer, press and hold the CTRL key, and then choose
Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.
- At the command prompt, type "dir /s *.swp" (without quotation marks),
and then press ENTER. Note the swap file name, disk letter, folder name
(directory name), and date. This is usually a single file named
Win386.swp located in the root folder ("Directory of C:\"), or the
Windows folder ("Directory of C:\Windows").
- If your computer has a single hard disk, then drive C is the swap file
disk, and you should skip to step 4. If your computer has multiple hard
disks, search the remaining hard disks for swap files to locate the
swap file disk. To do so, use the following steps:
a. At the command prompt, type "<letter>:" (without quotation marks),
where <letter> is the next hard disk letter, and then press ENTER.
b. Type "dir /s *.swp" (without quotation marks), and then press ENTER.
Note the swap file name, disk letter, folder name (directory name),
c. If you have more hard disks to search, repeat steps a-c. If you have
no more hard disks to search, continue to step d.
d. If you find one (or more) swap files on only one hard disk, this
disk is the swap file disk, and you should continue to step e. If
you find swap files on multiple hard disks, compare the date of each
swap file. The hard disk that contains the swap file with the most
recent date is the swap file disk.
e. At the command prompt, type "<letter>:" (without quotation marks),
where <letter> is the swap file disk letter, and then press ENTER.
- Delete each swap file on the swap file disk. To do so, use the
a. At the command prompt, type
del <path>\<file name>
where <path> is the swap file folder and <file name> is the swap
file name, and then press ENTER. For example type
"del windows\win386.swp" (without quotation marks).
b. If you have more swap files to delete on the swap file disk, repeat
steps a-b. If you have no more swap files on the swap file disk to
delete, continue to step 5.
- Increase free disk space on the swap file disk.
WARNING: If you are uncertain whether a file contains critical
information, copy the file to a floppy disk before you delete it.
To increase free disk space on the swap file disk, delete non-essential
files. To do so, type the following commands at the command prompt,
pressing ENTER after each command:
dir /w /p /s *.<extension>
where <extension> is the file extension of the files you want to delete
and <path> is the folder name containing the files you want to delete.
For example, the following list names extensions that may be
.chk .tmp .txt
.bak .old .bmp
.jpg .gif .hlp
- Test to determine that your computer has sufficient free disk space to
start normally. If you cannot start your computer normally, repeat step
For additional information about how to determine which folder Windows is installed in, click the article number below
to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to Determine Which Folder Windows Is Installed In
Article ID: 193903 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
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