This article was previously published under Q220956
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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you start your computer, you may receive the following error message:
Cannot find C:\Program or one of its components.
Or, if there is a C:\Program folder on your computer, the folder may open automatically when you start your computer.
This behavior can occur if you have America Online (AOL) Instant Messenger installed. Windows NT cannot read past the space in the "C:\Program Files\Aim95\Aim95.exe" value located in the following registry key:
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To resolve this issue, use the appropriate method:
In AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), click Setup.
On the General tab, click to clear the Start AIM when Windows Starts check box.
This removes AIM from the Run key in the registry.
This problem can occur if you clear the "Start AIM when Windows Starts" check box and then later select it again.
When AIM is initially installed, it adds itself to the Run key in the registry using the MS-DOS version of the path (C:\Progra~1\Aim95\Aim95.exe). If you clear the check box and then select it later, AIM add the setting using long file names but no quotation marks(C:\Program Files\Aim95\Aim95.exe).
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