Dialog Error - This should be easy

By osensnolf ยท 5 replies
Apr 4, 2006
  1. Ever since I recovered my computer the other day from the verge of death, I've had the following error message every time I press WIN+RUN to open a website such as 'www.google.com'.

    "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect."

    I really need to get this fixed. I love pressing the windows + R key and then typing the address and letting the OS open the browser window.

    Thank you for reading and posting.

    Steven Gabbard
  2. osensnolf

    osensnolf TS Rookie Topic Starter



    Thanks in Advance,
    Steven Gabbard
  3. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Considering using the windows repair? have your windows xp cd in your drive and run the COMMAND... type the sfc /SCANNOW

    <!WARNING!> make sure you have back up your valuable data before do this... then make sure your windows xp cd is in your cd or dvd drive then run the sfc.
  4. osensnolf

    osensnolf TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks for the tip. I've tried this before I posted to the form and I tried it again following your method, but all attempts have resulted in a x7b BSOD. I'm having to replace the registry to get back onto the system.

    I've looked on the net and have found people who have this problem, but it is associated with programs that I do not have installed on my computer.

    Someone, anyone - please help.

    Steven Gabbard
  5. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    have you tried to do the usual 'after crash checkup' - chkdisk, defrag, checking settings ok etc? check that default browser is set to your browser (IE6/FireFox etc)
    post your minidumps in a zip here.. see what causes the bsods
  6. osensnolf

    osensnolf TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks for your reply.

    I finally fixed the error. Apparently, when my system crashed, IE7 & IE6 became corrupted and the registry thought I was using IE7, but IE6 was the display mode. After fixing my IE7 problems and deleting registry values, I was able to reinstall and now the problem is solved.

    Sorry for typing errors - batt. running low on notebook.

    Steven Gabbard
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