This article was previously published under Q189655
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315854 Windows 98 and Windows Me Error Message Resource Center
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After you install Windows, you may receive the following error message when Windows starts:
A Fatal Exception 0E has occurred at 0028:XXXXXXXX in VXD SYMEvent(02)+XXXXXXXX.
This behavior can occur if an older version of a Symantec program (such as Norton AntiVirus) is installed.
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129972Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.
To resolve this issue, disable the Symantec Symevnt.386 file. To do so, follow these steps:
Use Registry Editor to delete the following registry key, if it exists:
Click Start, click Run, type sysedit, and then click OK.
On the Window menu, click System.ini.
On the Search menu, click Find.
In the Find box, type symevnt.386, and then press ENTER.
Place a semicolon (;) at the beginning of the line that contains "symevnt.386."
On the File menu, click Save, and then click Exit on the File menu.
Restart your computer.
After Setup has finished successfully, reinstall the Symantec program. If the problem continues to occur, contact Symantec for additional information.
The Symevnt.386 file is part of the "Symantec Event Handler," which is actually a set of files named Symevnt.386, Symevnt1.dll, and S32evnt1.dll. These Norton files monitor system information and report that information to Norton AntiVirus and other Symantec utilities.
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