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Microsoft Windows version 3.1 or 3.11 may return the following error message:
Group File Error
Cannot Open Program Group File <xxxx>.GRP
Do you want Program Manager to try and load it in the future?
At this point, a Yes/No option box appears.

In Windows 3.0, the error message appears as follows:
Group File Error
Cannot Open Program Group File
With both versions, the message occurs if a program group listed in the [Groups] section of the PROGMAN.INI does not have a corresponding *.GRP in the specified path, or if the file is corrupted.


Windows 3.1

If you choose Yes, Windows attempts to load the .GRP file during the next boot.

If you select the No option, Windows modifies the PROGMAN.INI file by deleting the line that referenced the corrupt .GRP file.

NOTE: If you prefer, you can use any text editor to edit the PROGMAN.INI file, rather than allowing Windows to modify it automatically.

If you have moved the group, you should be sure to add a correct reference to PROGMAN.INI.

For example, if the PROGMAN.INI reads as follows
and you have moved the OTHER.GRP file to E:\WIN31, Windows displays the following error message:
Cannot Open Program Group File D:\WIN31\OTHER.GRP
To correct the problem, add the following line to the PROGMAN.INI:

Windows 3.0

In Windows 3.0, the automatic update option is unavailable. You must manually update PROGMAN.INI to change or eliminate any erroneous .GRP references.


Article ID: 82204 - Last Review: February 27, 2014 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows 3.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 3.0a
  • Microsoft Windows 3.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 3.11 Standard Edition
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