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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore itif a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the"Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring aRegistry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
When you try to use the Windows Update or Web Help feature of Windows 98,you may receive an error message similar to one of the following messages:
The path '' does not exist or is not a directory.
The path ' at&PRD=windowsupddate' does not exist or is not a directory.
The path ' 0x0409&CLCID=0x0409&OS=at&prd=support&ar=w98' does not exist or is not a directory.
You may receive a similar message if you use a Web address as anExplorer.exe command-line argument (for example, "explorer http://<Web address>").

Note that if you do not include the complete Web address (for example, youdo not include "http://", you receive an error message.
This behavior can occur if a program modifies the properties of theInternet Explorer icon on the desktop. This interferes with WindowsExplorer's ability to identify a Web address as a command line anddisplay Web content.

Using System Policy Editor to enable the "Hide Internet Explorer icon"policy is also known to cause this behavior.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems thatmay require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannotguarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of RegistryEditor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing KeysAnd Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add andDelete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topicsin Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.

You can edit the registry using System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe) orRegistry Editor (Regedit.exe). Check with your network administratorbefore you make any changes to the registry.

System Policy Editor is available in the Tools\Reskit\Netadmin\Poleditfolder on the Windows 98 CD-ROM.

For more information about system policies and using System Policy Editor,please see Chapter 8 of the Microsoft Windows 98 Resource Kit.

To resolve this behavior, use either System Policy Editor or RegistryEditor to disable the "Hide Internet Explorer icon" policy.

System Policy Editor Method

To disable the "Hide Internet Explorer icon" policy using System PolicyEditor, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type poledit, and then click OK.
  3. On the File menu, click either Open Policy or Open Registry as appropriate.
  4. Double-click the user's policy file or Local User as appropriate.
  5. Double-click the Desktop category to expand it, and then click "Desktop Restrictions" (click the words, not the check box).

    Note that you need to have the Shellm.adm file as a current policy template to have "Desktop Restrictions" available.
  6. Click the "Hide Internet Explorer icon" check box to clear it, and then click OK.
  7. On the File menu, click Save, and then click Exit on the File menu.
  8. Restart your computer.

Registry Editor Method

To disable the "Hide Internet Explorer Icon" policy using Registry Editor,delete the NoInternetIcon value from the following registry key:

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 98.
Deleting the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop does not affectWindows Explorer's ability to recognize a Web address as a command-lineparameter.

The Run dialog box accepts both complete and abbreviated Web addressesbecause Internet Explorer (Iexplore.exe) is able to interpret themcorrectly. For example, any of the following command lines should performas expected in the Run dialog box:

Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) must have the complete Web address tofunction correctly. You always receive an error message when you type thefollowing command line in the Run dialog box:

If the "Hide Internet Explorer Icon" policy is enabled, you receive anerror message when you type the following command line in the Run dialogbox:
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