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    C:\recycled\boot.com is not valid for Win32

    I have two computer (one running Windows Vista and the other running Windows 2000). Everything was normal until yesterday. But now suddenly Windows Vista started showing me strange message saying "C:\recycled\boot.com is not valid for Win32" when I went to My Computer to check out the Hard Disk Drive. It also happened when I tried to open my USB.

    However my Windows 2000 PC still works but is very slow. Do anyone have any solutions?

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    Re: C:\recycled\boot.com is not valid for Win32

    Try checking your disk drive:

    Go to Properties (right click on the drive) -> Tools -> Under Error-checking, click on "Check now" button.

    Also check both the options in the checking options.

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    Re: C:\recycled\boot.com is not valid for Win32

    This is probably a virus coming from USB drive. Just update your antivirus and scan your computer in safe mode. Also remember to delete Autorun.ini completely (shift + delete) from your infected drive. Now restart your computer.

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    Re: C:\recycled\boot.com is not valid for Win32

    The main cause behind this problem is the remaining autorun.inf files which are there in the root directory of the infected drive, this error occurs because the autorun.inf file does not find virus file boot.com to execute, so you just need to delete the files form there. As a result of this error the drive does not open but you can open the drive by right clicking on the drive letter and select Explore.

    1. Open My Computer and Go to File Menu >> Tools >> Folder Options and click the View tab

    2. Scroll down and locate the setting to show hidden files and folders and check it.

    3. Now open all drive by right clicking in the drive letter and select explore to open and delete all the autorun.inf files found.

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