Problem solved and it's worth sharing how I did it. A friend told me to go to Start/Run/msconfig, General tab, and first uncheck 'Load Startup Group Items' to help determine the problem source. When the error mssg failed to appear, he said it was a good sign and meant it was one of the startup programs, not something worse. Then he had me do the same thing again, but leave the 'Load Startup Group Items' line alone, and go to the Startup tab instead; as in Start/Run/msconfig, Startup tab, and uncheck programs one at a time and reboot, until I found the one that -when unchecked- would result in no error message. I found old programs in the Startup tab I had uninstalled and not used in over a year, and unchecked them all first. On reboot, the problem was solved. It helped to have both EndItAll2 which can tell at a glance the filepath to all program .exe locations, and StartCop which can tell what's set to start on boot, and reset it not to start on boot. StartCop also gives .exe filepaths to everything, but you have to right click each item to see it, much less convenient than EndItAll2. I like to share my answers when I find them myself (with help) like this. Thank you. Oe6 0e60wq102-at-sneakemail.com |24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx| wrote: > > On boot now, I get a mini-window titled 'Explorer' that has an > 'illegal operation' error message... > -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.300 / Virus Database: 266.8.5 - Release Date: 3/29/05 -- ** Remove the anti-virus footer, ads, and this line and everything below when replying ** For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://www.freelists.org/webpage/24hoursupport To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.